PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Eric Neiley scored his third of the year, but Princeton managed two early goals in the second period to hold off the No. 8 Dartmouth men's hockey team 2-1 Saturday afternoon at a sold out Hobey Baker Rink.
The one-goal loss was the third straight for the Big Green, whose record now is 4-3-1 against ECAC Hockey competition and 8-5-2 overall.
The goal was Neiley's third career marker at Princeton (5-7-4, 4-3-3 ECAC Hockey), just 40 minutes from his hometown of Warminster, Pa. In last season's game in the Tigers' home rink, the then-freshman scored twice in a 3-3 tie.
Junior Matt Lindblad set up the sophomore winger after intercepting a pass in the defensive zone and leaving the puck at the top of the circles. Neiley waited for the Tigers' netminder Mike Condon to make the first move before burying a shot into the top left corner for the early 1-0 lead.
However, a Neiley penalty late in the first carried over to the second where Princeton's Michael Sdao was credited with a power-play goal after the puck deflected in off a Dartmouth defender out front just eight seconds in.
Another Tigers' marker just two minutes later from Jeremy Goodwin in a scrum out from put the home team on top for good, 2-1.
Condon was strong for Princeton, stopping 34 shots in the game, and holding off a surging Big Green squad in the final minute as they looked for the equalizer.
Charles Grant was not tested often in the Dartmouth crease, making just 14 saves after stopping 31 Friday night at No. 5 Quinnipiac.
The announced attendance of 2,711 was a Hobey Baker Rink record.
Although back in ECAC Hockey play, Dartmouth will have a night off next weekend as it doesn't return to action until Saturday, Jan. 12 against Harvard at Thompson Arena at 7:30 p.m.