Feb. 28, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Nearly one year to the day of a 14-9 Johns Hopkins victory over Princeton in the 2008 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, the Tigers returned the favor with an eerily similar and equally convincing 14-8 win over the Blue Jays at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers won every statistical battle in winning their second straight game this season and first against Johns Hopkins since 2006. The Blue Jays slip to 1-1 with the loss and its their first loss in the three-year history of the Face-Off Classic.
The Tigers led 3-0 after seven minutes, 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and 9-1 before the Blue Jays mounted a mild comeback. A year ago, it was JHU that scored 10 seconds into the game, led 8-0 midway through the second quarter and 10-1 at the half.
Scott McKenzie, Mark Kovler and Jack McBride all scored during the Tigers' opening three-goal spree, which was temporarily halted by a Michael Kimmel unassisted goal 32 seconds after McBride's tally.
That would be as close as the Blue Jays would be all day as Princeton's Rob Engelke fired an extra man goal into an open net after a nifty cross-crease pass from Tommy Davis with 6:54 remaining in the opening period.
Kovler ripped a low-to-low shot past Blue Jay goalie Mike Gvozden with 2:59 remaining to make it 5-1 and Paul Barnes scored 19 seconds later after a long scramble after the faceoff following Kovler's goal.
Cousins Chris and Jack McBride all but put the game away with back-to-back goals in a span of 75 seconds midway through the second period and Greg Seaman added an extra-man tally before the period was eight minutes old to make it 9-1.
The Blue Jays sliced the deficit to 9-3 at the half with back-to-back goals by Steven Boyle and Chris Boland in a little over a minute late in the half and Hopkins had several chances late in the second quarter and early in the third to cut further into the deficit, but it was Princeton that got the next goal when John Cunningham scored in transition off an assist from Chad Wiedmaier.
Jack McBride added two more goals in the third quarter to push the lead to 12-4 before the Blue Jays scored four of the final six goals in the fourth quarter to account for the final score of 14-8.
Junior Brian Christopher scored both of his goals and added an assist during JHU's late flurry, which ended with a Kimmel extra-man goal with 6:45 remaining.
Jack McBride led the Tigers with his four goals, while Kovler and Barnes added two goals apiece. Freshman Tyler Fiorito played the entire game in goal for the Tigers and posted 11 saves, while Princeton held advantages in shots (51-28) and ground balls (30-18).
Kimmel tied his career high with three goals and four points; the hat trick was also the seventh of his career. Christopher (2g, 1a) and Boland (1g, 1a) also registered multi-point games for the Blue Jays, who got nine saves in goal from junior Michael Gvozden.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday, March 3 when the Blue Jays travel to UMBC.