PRINCETON, N.J. – An Andrew Ammon tip-in goal with 11 seconds left in overtime gave Princeton a 5-4 win Friday night against the visiting Dartmouth men’s hockey team at Hobey Baker Rink.
A shot from the right point was knocked down by the Tigers’ senior winger, finding just enough daylight between the pads of starting netminder Cab Morris to trickle over the line to give Princeton its second OT win of the season at the Big Green’s expense.
Just 11 seconds from earning its first ECAC Hockey point of the year, the heartbreaking ending pushes Dartmouth’s winless stretch to 0-7-0 and 0-5-0 open the season. The Tigers (2-6-0, 1-4-0) have also seen their share of hardships in the early goings of 2013-14 with the lone two wins coming against the Green and White.
The night began with three straight Dartmouth goals in the opening frame. Senior Taylor Boldt got things started with a slapshot from the point just 3:23 into the contest, netting his first since Nov. 12, 2010 and just the second of his career.
However, that was when the Tigers began chipping away at the deficit. Ryan Siiro scored on the power play late in the first before second-period tallies from Tyler Maugeri and Mike Ambrosia tied things at 3-3 headed into the final intermission.
The deadlock lasted just 1:06 into the third period until Ammon found the back of the net for the first time, giving the home team its first lead. Tucker Brockett, who scored the overtime winner against the Big Green in the season opener in Newark, assisted on all goals in the Princeton comeback.
With both teams trading power-play opportunities in the third, it would be an even-strength goal shortly after killing a penalty that tied things back up with 7:35 remaining in regulation.
Sophomore Brett Patterson knocked home a loose puck at the side of the net, beating Princeton goalie Sean Bonar on the shortside to finish off a strong individual effort in the offensive zone.
Although Dartmouth would have several chances to score in the extra session, it would be the second goal from Ammon that finally produced a winner.
Shots ended 32-30 in favor of the visitors with Morris making 25 saves and Bonar stopping 28.
The Big Green continue their road weekend Saturday night still seeking their first victory against No. 6 Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn.