CANTON, N.Y. — Senior wing Shane Campbell scored two goals and assisted on two others as Princeton snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 upset of St. Lawrence.
The Tiger victory was the first for Princeton since December 8 and improves Princeton to 6-11-3 overall and 5-6-2 in the ECAC. The loss ended a five game unbeaten streak for St. Lawrence and was the first to Princeton in the last five meetings. The Saints are now 10-9-4 overall and 7-3-3 in the ECAC.
“Princeton played an outstanding game,” said Saint coach Joe Marsh. “They came at us from start to finish and had an answer each time we tried to get back into it. They are a very well coached team and really worked hard at both ends of the ice.”
Princeton, coming off a three-week layoff for exams, celebrated its return to the ice with the game just 1:23 old as senior center Ethan Doyle got behind the Saint defense, took a pass from wing Josh Roberts and tucked the puck just inside the post to give the Tigers the early lead.
St. Lawrence got that one back on its first power play opportunity of the game as senior Mike Gellard scored his 15th goal of the season, banking the puck in off Tiger goalie Dave Stathos from along the goal line at 6:19.
Princeton regained the lead at 11:23 of the first period when defenseman Matt Maglione rolled a soft backhand shot toward net and senior Shane Campbell tipped it past Saint goalie Sean Coakley at 11:23.
The Tigers took advantage of Saint giveaways in the defensive end in the second period and built a 4-1 lead. Defenseman David Schneider cut in front and tucked Campbell’s pass under Coakley for his fifth goal of the season at 10:14 and Campbell scored his second of the night on a wrap-around as he came out from behind the net unmolested at 12:23.
Gellard tapped home a rebound of Erik Anderson’s shot off Stathos’ glove on a Saint power play at 14:58 to temporarily stem the tide, but Scott Prime scored his second of the period on a power play rebound shot at 18:03 to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead after two periods.
St. Lawrence battled back in the third period as Jack O’Brien scored his fourth goal of the year just 1:22 into the period, but Princeton’s George Parros answered that 1:23 later with his fifth of the season. Gellard completed a hat trick, all on the power play, when he scored his 17th of the year at 11:26 of the third, but Stathos, who had 17 of his 35 saves in the final period, held the Saints off the rest of the way.
“We had good success on the power play, but we shot ourselves in the foot in the defensive end in the second period,” Marsh said. “We left people all alone in front of Sean way too often.
“It was one of those nights when things didn’t go the right way, but we’ve got to put it behind us and get ready for Yale on Saturday.”