Tigers Open CSCHC Play With Win Over Scraton
Princeton was back in action Saturday night, this time against new CSCHC member Scranton. This was the first matchup in recent memory between the two teams, and neither one knew what to expect. The beginning of the game showcased each team's speed, as they traded odd man rush chances. With 12 minutes remaining, Peter Kuenne buried a 2-on-1 goal from a great pass by Drew Bennett. Just 14 seconds later, Antoine Crepin-Heroux stayed hot with a blistering slap shot goal. Scranton got one back in the second period on a shot from the goal line. But Bennett seized the two-goal lead back with a beautiful breakaway goal. The Tigers then went down on a 5-minute penalty kill after a major was called. Scranton got back within one with a scramble goal midway through the man advantage. But the Tigers responded immediately, this time on a blistering wrister by Crepin-Heroux while still on the kill to make it 4-2. The Tiger defense, led by Mac Hugin and Dennis Guo, held off the Scranton attack for the remaining minutes of the power play. Bennett tallied his second of the evening in the dying minutes of the period to take a 3-goal lead into the locker room.
Princeton was unable to capitalize on several powerplay chances early in the third. After a string of penalties on the Tigers, it was their turn to hold off a surge. The Princeton penalty kill units put on a clinic, led by the shot-blocking efforts of Andrew Zhou and the puck possession skill of Alex Vukasin. The Tigers kept the defensive zone sealed off for the remainder of the game and collected their first victory in CSCHC league play to make it 2-0 on the weekend.