BRIDGEPORT -- ECAC opponent or no, it was Sacred Heart's latest, best chance to get a win in men's hockey. One more time, the Pioneers just couldn't get over the top.
The Pioneers (0-10-2) led 3-1 in the second period, and even after the Tigers tied it, Sacred Heart had three third-period power plays and had a Ben Ketchum breakaway out of the penalty box.
"The game boiled down to: They scored two power-play goals, and we didn't on those two or three power plays in a row," Pioneers coach C.J. Marottolo said. "We didn't get it done."
Princeton (3-3-1) has a win over then-fourth-ranked Cornell and a tie against St. Lawrence. It's no slouch, and besides, it has an early-season winning record in the ECAC.
It was 368 days earlier when Sacred Heart beat Yale 7-6 at the arena, its first win after 11 losses last season.
Sacred Heart took leads of 1-0 and 3-1 Friday. It was outshot in the first two periods but was playing a solid game at even strength.
"The last three games are games we've been in and could've won," Marottolo said.
The Pioneers outshot Princeton 20-5 in the third.
"Going into that period, it was a tie game," Marottolo said. "Our effort, the proof is in the pudding. It's frustrating, obviously, for the guys in the room. We're not getting the results."
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PRINCETON...........................................1 2 1--4
SACRED HEART......................................2 1 0--3
Records: Princeton 3-3-1; Sacred Heart 0-10-2 . Scoring: P--Andrew Ammon (4 goals), Andrew Calof (3 assists), Tyler Maugeri (2a), Eric Meland (2a); SH--Chad Barthelmess (1g), Nick Curry (1g), Ben Ketchum (1g), Alex Stuart (1a), Eric Delong (1a), Kyle Verbeek (1a), Neil Fachini (1a), Brian Sheehan (1a), Jake Lynes (1a); Goalies: P--Sean Bonar (3 saves), Mike Condon (23); SH--Steven Legatto (25); Shots: P--29; SH--29