PRINCETON, N.J. – Tommy Marchin (Algonac, Mich.) and Alec Mehr (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored back-to-back goals to even the score early in the second, but the Brown men's hockey fell to seventh-seeded Princeton, 8-2, in game one of the ECAC First Round Friday at Hobey Baker Rink.
Brown moves to 8-18-4. Princeton improves to 14-12-4 after taking game one of the best-of-three series.
Marchin also added an assist for two points, while senior Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) had a pair of assists. Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) made 28 saves in the loss, before giving way to Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.), who allowed one goal with three stops. Ryan Ferland made 33 saves for the Tigers.
Josh Teves and Ryan Kuffner paced the Tigers with four points apiece.
Princeton jumped out to an early lead, starting at 3:20 into the contest, when Teves beat Kania with a shot from the point. Kuffner then scored at 8:00, 20 seconds after a Princeton goal was waved off after review, as he tapped home a rebound right in front for the two-goal lead.
Marchin scored his team high 12th goal of the season with 1:42 left in the first period. He scored right off Lafferty's faceoff win in the offensive end to trim the deficit to one after 20 minutes.
Brown carried over its momentum into the second period as Mehr scored a power-play goal just 1:37 into the period, knocking home a rebound from Marchin's shot for his sixth of the season to even the score.
Nevertheless, Princeton responded with three answered goals to round out the period. After Derek Topatigh and Kuffner scored back-to-back goals midway through the frame, Max Veronneau found the back of the net on a 4-on-3 power play for the three-goal advantage at the second intermission.
Princeton added three more goals in the third period, including the last two on the power play, following a five-minute major penalty against the Bears. Princeton outshot the Bears, 39-35.
Brown will Princeton will meet for game two of the series tomorrow night at 7 PM.