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Princeton Holds off Union in Third

Senior Trio Again Leads the Way for Tigers

— Since the start of the season, Princeton has talked about being one of the top programs in the ECAC.

Last night, it played like one.

Strong even-strength play, a key power-play goal by senior Kirk Lamb and a bit of good fortune lifted Princeton to a 3-2 win over nationally-ranked Union before 2,083 fans at Baker Rink.

Afterward, the talk was mostly about the much improved even-strength play by Princeton; play that wasn’t reflected in the final shots on goal total of 23-22 Union.

“That’s been an area we needed to improve on,” Princeton head coach Len Quesnelle said. “We had a big video session on that during the week — maybe that drove home the point of what we should be doing 5-on-5 and what we shouldn’t be doing 5-on-5.”

Princeton didn’t do much wrong 5-on-5 Friday night, that’s for sure.

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Senior Chris Corrinet scored his ECAC-best ninth goal of the season 43 seconds into the match, beating Rangers prospect and New Jersey-product Brandon Snee with a high glove-side shot from the right circle.

Nearly five minutes later, junior Brad Parsons made it 2-0, poking a cross-ice feed from Lamb past Snee. Union pulled within a goal at 10:10 of the first on Jason Ralph’s shorthanded breakaway goal, and tied it at 5:39 of the second on Seamus Galligan’s power-play goal.

Lamb, however, gave Princeton the lead for good at 7:32 of the second when his centering feed from the left circle deflected off defenseman Doug Christiansen and past Snee for a power-play goal.

Princeton played a strong defensive game the rest of the way, limiting Union to only a few quality chances. The best of those may have come in the closing seconds, when Jason Kean missed a wide open net from the right circle, with goalie Dave Stathos down and out.

“In the room [during the second intermission] we said this is a great opportunity for us — it’s our own barn and our one-goal lead,” Quesnelle said. “The guys really gave a gritty effort in that third period.”

Lamb said: “When we were successful a few years ago, we’d go into third periods with the lead knowing we were going to win. That’s the same thing I see with this team.”

Union head coach Kevin Sneddon credited Princeton for playing a strong game, but tempered that by suggesting his team played better than it appeared.

“We made some mental mistakes and that was the difference,” he said. “We didn’t do a lot wrong. Two mental mistakes and a few bounces their way cost us the game.”

Actually, the line of Corrinet, Lamb and Shane Campbell probably was as much a factor as anything in helping Princeton improve to 5-3-3 overall (4-3-2 ECAC), and snap No. 12 Union’s four-game conference unbeaten streak.

“They give us some offensive punch and a good mix,” said Quesnelle, who reunited the trio for the first time this season after they had played some together last season.

“Shane gives us grit, Chris gives us skill and Lamb is the set-up guy, with his vision and hands.”

Lamb said: “It’s nice to play with other seniors. [As seniors] it’s your team, your year and you want to be accountable. … When you have three seniors on a line, you can’t look past that. We can create things on offense and at the same time not give up anything defensively.”


Scott Esposito is the Princeton beat writer for the Trentonian.

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  • Hockeys4realmen

    If Wisconsin and Minnesota think making and moving to a Big 10 conference is going to help them recruit, they’re nuts. In the Midwest we play hockey the way it was meant to be. The way real hockey players play. The Canadian way!!! Hard hitting, fast moving hockey. Not that “basketball mom” hockey played out east where if you check a guy the mom’s start crying and the refs need oxygen between periods from blowing their whistle every time one of the mommy boys gets checked. :)

    • Brecky

      H4rm,
      You sound jealous. :) Dissing eastern hockey makes no sense. The last three champs are from Boston, and the last midwestern team to win (Mich. St.) was lucky to beat Boston College. Matter of fact, starting in ’97, a Hockey East team has been in every championship game except 2005 (DU beat N.Dak).

    • Rangerfan2487

      Really bro ?sounds like an eastern team destroyed one of your little teams as a child both physically and on the scoreboard…no need to diss eastern hockey when its just as good if not better than midwest..

  • bklein09

    Yay BT Hockey! As a Michigan fan I’m really excited and I think the other leagues (WCHA, CCHA) will be just fine. The WCHA is ultra deep and has a number of great teams and tradition. And the CCHA has Miami and ND to hold down the fort until some other programs step up. Let’s not forget that NMU, LSSU, etc have great hockey tradition and have won championships.

    • Anonymous

      I could see some of the ex-WCHA teams in the CCHA leave for the WCHA when the Big Ten conference starts. I like Coach Jackson’s (Notre Dame) idea of combining the CCHA and WCHA into one big conference. Then break the conference into sub-groups of 6. One of the 4 groups would consist of the Big Ten schools (UMTC, UW, UM, MSU, OSU, PSU)

  • Joe Addario

    Like love & marriage, big 10 & hockey go together.

  • Frattin for Hobey

    Not to sure I am a fan of a Bit Ten hockey conference. Are you going to play with only 6 teams in the conference? pretty sure that’s the number of bt schools with hockey. mich, mn, wi, mich st, o st, and soon penn st. Why take great teams away from two conferences just to form another and add another auto bid. better to have Penn St. join HE or CCHA maybe AHA. Just my opinion.

  • MoFan

    H4rm, the tier 1 Boston leagues pulled out of USA Hockey I thought so that they could check earlier. I’ve seen mite checking games, my mite participated in a tourney with checking. ‘Nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone knows that there will be a Big Ten hockey conference. The question is when and if any more non hockey B10 schools step up to Div 1. WCHA will be fine with DU, CC, UND, Neb-Om, Alaska,MT, BSU, Duluth and MN State. If they add Fairbanks and Air Force, they will be set and survive nicely. THe CCHA will finally need to add UAH, which they never should have denied in the first place.

  • PeteS

    Anyone know if Illinois is considering moving up to D1 hockey? Especially with the news that a Big10 conference would be formed.

  • Painter

    What about Ill, Iowa, and Prudue step out of the shadows of club sport and into the big leagues. Even if the Big Ten helps out with loans to get the clubs into Div 1.

  • AnOn

    How is it that they are signing players but dont have a coach?

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