Kaiser got things going when he weaved out of the UMass zone and forced a Princeton skater to fall down. In one motion, the freshman crossed the blue line and unleashed a quick wrister.
Through a slew of Tiger defenseman and moving sticks, Kaiser found the mesh for a 1-0 lead.
“We don’t expect Kaiser to score, so when he does score it’s a bonus,” Carvel said. “We expect him to be a big body out there and help to build momentum with his checks, but he’s got a big shot. He's given us a little more than we’ve expected and that’s a huge bonus.”
Just 26 seconds after Kaiser’s second of the year, Makar doubled the lead on his season’s sixth.
After corralling the puck from Minuteman goaltender Matt Murray (23 saves) at the blue line, the sophomore defenseman turned his head up-ice and did exactly what he does best.
With a burst of speed at center ice, Makar broke away from the trailing Princeton defender and flew down the slot, before sniping one past Ryan Ferland’s (43 saves) blocker to double the lead.
“Makar’s skating is pretty elite,” Carvel said. “It’s fun to watch. He’s starting to read parts of the game in the defensive zone where he’s jumping up and forcing those turnovers. Once he turns it over, nobody is going to catch him. It was good to see him finish on that first bid.”
After enduring a two-goal deficit in the first, the Tigers answered with vengeance in the second.
Spurred by a successful penalty kill that turned down the UMass man-advantage for the second time at the start of the second, Luke Keenan swiftly put Princeton back into contention at 4:49.
After Keenan’s first of the season went high over Murray’s glove to make it a one-goal game with plenty of time remaining, Princeton clawed its way back and tied it at the end of the period.
Through a scoreless third that saw the Minutemen find a high amount of scoring chances, the showdown between two of the nation’s top power play appeared primed to end in a draw.