TOMS RIVER, NJ - A goal from freshman Aidan Trainor with 90 seconds left in overtime lifted ninth-seeded Princeton over eighth-seeded Southern Regional, 3-2, in Thursday night’s NJSIAA Public A tournament second-round game at Winding River Rink.
The Tigers will travel to face either top-seeded Morris Knolls or host 16th-seeded Robbinsville in a game to be played by Monday.
Jack Conrad opened the scoring for Southern with just less than nine minutes to play in the opening period. Princeton scored twice, Southern once in a span of two minutes in the second period, with the contest tied at two. Nolan Ruff scored the second goal for Southern while Justin Joyce and Brendon McCormick scored for Princeton.
The tie continued for more than 40 minutes until the game winner by Trainor in the overtime.
This was a tough loss and end of a fine season by the Southern Rams.
"I'm proud of each and everyone of our boys," said Southern coach Matt Hayes. "Proud to be a part of the Southern Ice Hockey family."
"Great season for the Southern Ice Hockey Rams," said Southern Athletic Director Chuck Donohue, Jr. "Thank you for your efforts. Proud of the players and coaches."
- 1st: Southern: Jack Conrad (Trent Markley, Paul Keyes) 8:49
- 2nd: Princeton: Justin Joyce (Pascal Meier, Anthony Trainor) 13:30
- 2nd: Southern: Nolan Ruff (Hunter Bello) 12:09
- 2nd: Princeton: Brendon McCormick (Aidan Trainor, Rocco Salvato) 11:42
- 1st OT: Princeton: Aidan Trainor (Brendon McCormick) 1:30
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