Tigers take back ‘Rusty Skates’

C-I goalie Jarad Knutson got a little love from co-captain Sam Renier after Knutson withstood a barrage of Tiger shots late in the third period. Knutson finished with 38 saves in the 3-2 loss.

The annual rivalry game between Princeton and Cambridge-Isanti boys hockey hinges on the winner taking possession of the “Rusty Skates” traveling trophy. This year, the Skates headed back to the Princeton when junior Dan Muench knocked a bouncing puck into the net 4:40 into overtime in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory at Isanti Feb. 2.

Muench on taking back the “Rusty Skates:” “It’s a big, big feeling. We’ve been talking about it forever, and now that we finally got it, it makes the year more special. It brings a great energy boost– a morale boost– for the final stretch of the season.”

Muench scored the game’s first goal late in the first period, but C-I’s Ryan Epsen buried a penalty shot just 19 seconds later. Early in the second period, Bluejacket Sam Renier made it 2-1 by scoring on a riser which rang the cross bar.

C-I netminder Jarad Knutson had a great, active night with several fantastic saves, including several during a stretch when the Jackets fought off 5-on-3 and 5-on-4 penalty kills. Princeton’s Jake Green tied the game on a spin-around shot 6:40 into the third period, and the Tigers put a ton more heat on the Jacket net the rest of regulation and into overtime.

The Tigers celebrate taking back possession of the "Rusty Skates" with their fan section after prevailing 3-2 in overtime over C-I.