PRINCETON, New Jersey -- The University of Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated by the Princeton University Tigers, 7-3, on Saturday night at the Hobey Baker Rink.
First Goal (1-0 Princeton): Derek Topatigh scored Princeton's first goal of the Saturday night contest. Topatigh found the back of the net after his original shot was saved by Jeremy Swayman. Play stopped for a brief moment as the puck appeared to be under a blocker, but Topatigh did not give up. He continued and gave his squad an early 1-0 advantage.
Second Goal (2-0 Princeton): Corey Andonovski scored a goal for the Tigers less than three minutes of game play later. Jackson Cressey played the puck forward to a streaking Andonovski. The forward managed to redirect the puck up and over Swayman's shoulder. Princeton extended their lead to two goals.
Third Goal (3-0 Princeton): The Tigers added a third goal in the first period when Spencer Kryczka fired a shot through a scrum in front of Swayman that found its way over the crease. The Maine defense did a good job of forcing a low percentage shot. Unfortunately for the Black Bears, Kryczka's wrist shot somehow lit the lamp. The lead grew to three.
Fourth Goal (3-1 Princeton): Jack Quinlivan scored his first career goal moments after the Tigers' scored their third of the game. The forward started his move to the right of the Princeton goalie, wrapped around the back of the net, and forced the puck into the back of the net for Maine's first goal of the game. Daniel Perez and Adam Dawe helped out on the scoring play.
Fifth Goal (4-1 Princeton): Princeton scored one final time in the first period with 4:54 remaining. Luke Keenan was credited with the fourth tally. After the Tigers scored, Maine replaced Swayman in net with Rob McGovern.
Sixth Goal (4-2 Princeton): Chase Pearson scored a power play goal for the Black Bears in the final minutes of the high octane first period. Princeton was called for a penalty with 2:09 left in the frame, and Maine took advantage. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup fed the puck to a ready Eduards Tralmaks who found a wide open Pearson. The captain did not miss opportunity and pulled Maine to within two goals to close the frame.
Seventh Goal (5-2 Princeton): The Tigers picked up in the second period where they left off in the first. After Maine was called for an interference penalty, Ryan Kuffner scored a power play goal. Kuffner corralled a McGovern saved and scored the fifth Princeton tally of the evening.
Eighth Goal (5-3 Princeton): Princeton ran into McGovern, which gave the Black Bears their second power play opportunity of the non-conference game. As they did with the first chance, Maine scored on the 5-on-4. Alexis Binner recorded his first goal of the season as he fired from the blue line and popped the bottle. Brady Keeper, who broke his stick earlier in the play and received one from the bench, helped out with an assist.
Ninth Goal (6-3 Princeton): After killing a penalty, Princeton scored seconds after Matthew Thom left the box. Max Veronneau sprinted through the neutral zone with the puck and past the Black Bear defenders. Veronneau back handed his breakaway chance into the Maine net. The Tigers once again held a three-goal lead.
10th goal (7-3 Princeton): Corey Andonovski scored on a breakaway with 1:06 left in the game. It was the final goal of the contest. Princeton knocked off the University of Maine men's ice hockey team, 7-3.
- Jeremy Swayman saved 9 shots, while Rob McGovern saved 21 after he replaced Swayman in net. Austin Shaw turned away 27 Black Bear shots.
- Maine went 2-3 on the power play, as they killed one of the two penalties called against them.
- The Black Bears blocked 13 total shots.
Maine will host Colorado College on Wednesday, January 2nd for a single game. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 pm.