It was the semifinal of the Ivy League Tournament and Princeton squared off against host team Brown in its home rink, the historic Meehan Auditorium. The Tigers set the tone early with an offensive surge. They controlled puck possession and denied the Bears entry into the zone. Midway through the period, the sophomore line won a faceoff in the offensive zone. Ben Sorkin picked up the puck and cut to the middle. He fired a low shot on the ice that beat the goalie in between the legs, giving Princeton a 1-0 lead. Carrying the momentum Princeton went back to work in the offensive zone after a hard forecheck. Antoine Crepin-Heroux stole the puck behind the net and chipped it over the goalie's shoulder. What appeared to be the second goal of the game was called off due to a dislodged net. After the disallowed goal, Brown picked up its play and put pressure on the Tiger defense. Late in the period, a Brown forward gained the zone and took a high shot that goaltender Graham Turk had trouble with. The rebound popped out in front of the net and the trailer cashed in to tie it up.
The second period saw plenty of odd man rushes as both teams took chances to take the lead. It wasn't until the 8 minute mark that the tie was broken. Peter Kuenne retrieved the puck in the corner and rifled it on net. It bounced off a skate and found its way past the goal line for Kuenne's fifth goal of the tournament. Down 1-2, the Bears made a push. Gaining possession in the offensive zone, a forward took a shot through traffic that Graham Turk picked up late. He made the initial save, but a forward in front of the net put in the rebound to make it 2-2. Princeton went back on the attack to try to regain their lead. After another strong forecheck, the puck squeaked to the front of the net where Alex Vukasin was in perfect position to find it and bury the goal. The period ended with Princeton up 3-2.
With just 15 minutes separating Princeton from a spot in the championship, the Tiger took the ice up by a goal. Brown put the pressure on, but two incredible defensive plays from freshman Dennis Guo maintained the Tiger lead. As it entered the second half of the period, the tide began to turn in Princeton's favor as Brown had to take chances to tie it up. Alex Vukasin chipped the puck past the defenseman at the blue line, then rushed the puck into the zone. He then made a perfect pass to the cutting Antoine Crepin-Heroux who deflected it over the goalie's blocker and into the net. Up 4-2, the Tigers just had to outlast the final Brown surge. With four minutes left, the Bears won a faceoff in the offensive zone and put the puck toward the net. Despite an initial pad save from Graham Turk, a second forward on the back door chipped it in, cutting the Princeton lead in half. Just two minutes later, Brown set up in the zone again. After another shot from outside, the puck found its way onto the stick of a forward in front of the net who scored to knot the game at 4. A stunned Princeton was able to maintain its composure to keep the game tied going into overtime.
The overtime period was a wild burst of action from both sides. The 4-on-4 format allowed for many scoring chances. After Antoine Crepin-Heroux hit the crossbar, Brown came down the ice and took a shot through traffic. Graham Turk speared it with his glove, then knocked the rebound into the corner to keep the game going. Two Princeton breakaways were denied by the Brown netminder. Then Brown charged on an odd man rush. The defenseman faked a shot and brought the puck around the net. He fed his teammate cutting to the back door, but the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line and the official waved it off. Both teams made one final push to end the game, but a blocker save by Brown's goalie and a toe save by Graham Turk send the game into a shooutout.
It was to be a three-man shooutout followed by sudden death rounds if necessary. Princeton had the first shot and Ben Sorkin stepped up. Coming in slowly, the sophomore forward outwaited the goalie and beat him five-hole on a quick release. It was Brown's turn to shoot. Their captain came in with speed and made a beautiful forhand to backhand move, roofing the puck over Turk's blocker. With the shootout score tied at 1, Mac Hugin took the ice. He brought the puck in, made a few head fakes, a few dekes, and got the goalie down. After waiting him out, Hugin elevated the puck and scored to put the Tigers back in the lead. The next Brown forward brought the puck in and attempted to take a wrist shot, but his stick gave out on him and Graham Turk managed the low shot with a stick save. Then came Alex Vukasin. Gaining the zone, Vukasin was patient with the puck. When the goalie finally went down, Vukasin immediately put it on net. The puck found its way into the back of the cage and the Tigers went wild. The 5-4 shooutout win punched Princeton's ticket to the championship game.