What appeared to be a routine Union victory against Princeton turned into a nail-biting finish.
The 19th-ranked Tigers scored three extra-attacker goals in the third period, including a controversial one with 10.8 seconds left, but the Dutchmen managed to hold on for a 4-3 ECAC Hockey victory Friday at Messa Rink.
The win moved the Dutchmen into a fourth-place tie with Princeton and Yale.
Union took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mario Valery-Trabucco, Matt Cook and Torren Delforte. The Dutchmen made it 4-0 midway through the second on Stephane Boileau’s power-play goal.
Later in the second, Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky pulled starting goalie Zane Kalemba in favor of backup Thomas Sychterz. The move appear to signal that the Tigers were conceding the game.
Far from it. Sychterz was pulled for an extra attacker during a Princeton power play with 7:39 left, and Mike Kramer scored 37 seconds later. Sychterz was pulled again with 6:04 left, and Taylor Fedun scored with 5:10 to go.
With 3:15 left, Sychertz was pulled one last time. As time was winding down, Brett Wilson fired a shot from the left circle past goalie Justin Mrazek, but it appeared to hit the post. The goal judge didn’t turn the light on, and time expired. But assistant referee Stephen Shufelt told referee Dan Murphy that Wilson’s shot went in, and the goal was awarded.
The Tigers had one last shot with 2.5 seconds left, but couldn’t get the tying goal.
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