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BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) – Princeton University’s David Hallisey scored twice in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and propel the Tigers a 3-1 non-conference victory over Bemidji State University Saturday at Sanford Center. The victory also secured the series sweep for the Tigers following a 4-1 victory Friday.
Despite the Beavers controlling play for long stretches and out shooting the Tigers 44-23 in the game, BSU was unable to get the looks it needed solve the Princeton goaltender, Ben Halford. In addition to the sophomore making 43 saves, the Tigers defense blocked 14 shots in front of him, making it hard on the BSU attack.
After feeling each other out early, Bemidji State took a 1-0 lead at the 15:55 mark when Nate Arentz made good on a penalty shot after being hauled down as he on a short-handed breakaway.
Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, the Tigers took advantage of opportunities in the second. Hallisey scored the first of his two goals of the period to tie the game at the 11:33 mark. Hallisey struck again at the 16:25 mark potting a Jackson Cressey rebound off the skate of a BSU defender eight seconds into Princeton’s third power-play opportunity of the evening.
The Tigers would take a 2-1 advantage into the third period and increased their lead to 3-1 at the 9:35 mark when Quin Pompi fired a shot from the top of the right face off circle that made its way through traffic and past BSU’s goaltender Jesse Wilkins.
Despite out shooting the Tigers 16-3 during the final period, and pulling Wilkins for more than 3:00 minutes late, BSU was unable to make up any ground.
Wilkins, who made his first start since March 15, 2014, collected 20 saves in the game, but allowed three goals and was tagged with the loss.
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