Men's Hockey Heads to Yale for First Round of Postseason Play
ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals
Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. (if necessary)
No. 11 Princeton (8-14-7, 6-12-4)
No. 7 Yale (13-13-3, 10-10-2)
Began: Jan. 19, 1901
Record: Yale leads 128-102-10
Streak: 7 Yale wins, 1 tie
2-2 Tie on Oct. 28 in Hanover, N.H. (NC)
Yale won 6-2 on Jan. 7 in New Haven
Yale won 5-2 on Feb. 24 in Princeton
Princeton and Yale have played in three playoffs
Playoff Record: Princeton leads 4-1
1990 (First Round at home) Princeton won 5-1
1998 (Semifinal in Lake Placid) Princeton won 2-1
2008 (Quarterfinals at home) Princeton won 3-2, lost 4-3, won 4-0
PRINCETON, N.J. (2/29/12) - The Princeton men's hockey team begins postseason play as the Tigers take on Yale in a best-of-three series in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, this weekend. The teams will face off at Ingalls Rink on Friday, March 2, Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 (if necessary). All games begin at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton earned the No. 11 seed in the ECAC first round after posting a 6-12-4 ECAC Hockey record. The Tigers are 8-14-7 overall with 71% of their losses occurring when not at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton average 2.59 goals per game and have allowed 3.10 gpg. Princeton’s special teams rank in the middle of the pack with the power play converting 17.6% (22/125) of the time while the penalty kill has killed off 81.1% (103/127).
Sophomore Andrew Calof leads the team offensively with 26 points on 13 goals and assists apiece. Classmate Jack Berger has 20 points on nine goals and 11 helpers. Junior defender and Ottawa draft pick Michael Sdao has scored eight goals and added 10 assists. Junior Rob Kleebaum has scored the second-most goals on the team with 10 and contributes six assists for 16 points. Four other Tigers, seniors Marc Hagel, Derrick Pallis, junior Eric Meland and sophomore Kevin Ross, are in double figures in scoring as well. Princeton has split time in the goal between sophomore Sean Bonar and junior Mike Condon. Bonar has made 16 starts and has a .901 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average, Condon has gotten 13 starting nods and owns a .919 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/YALE SERIES
Yale is undefeated 7-0-1 in the last eight games in the series. Princeton’s last win was on Feb. 21, 2009. The Bulldogs hold a 128-102-10 edge in the all-time series that began on Jan. 19, 1901. Yale also has an upperhand when playing at home, 43-28-3.
Andrew Calof leads all Tigers in scoring against Yale with six points (3-3-6) in five games. Michael Sdao has five points (3-2-5) in eight games. Marc Hagel and Rob Kleebaum have four points apiece with Kleebaum scoring a team-high four goals.Mike Condon and Sean Bonar have been in goal against Yale this season. Bonar made 28 saves in a 2-2 tie with Yale in the first game of the season. Condon made 43 stops in New Haven in January and 38 last weekend.
Princeton and Yale have met in the ECAC Playoffs three times, in 1990, 1998 and 2008. In 1990 they faced off in the first round with Yale winning 5-1. Princeton knocked off Yale 2-1 in the 1998 semifinals en route to winning the championship. The teams last met in the quarterfinals in 2009, with Princeton winning the series in three games.
WE MEET AGAIN
Princeton and Yale have already played each other three times this season, and will play at least two more games. The two teams met six times in one season, twice, in program history. In 1915-16, the teams split 3-3; and in 2007-08 Princeton went 5-1.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Yale earned the No. 7 seed in the ECAC first round series with a 10-10-2 record. The Bulldogs are 13-13-2 overall and are 8-6 at Ingalls Rink. Yale has the second-best scoring offense in the league with 3.48 goals per game, while limiting teams to 2.86 gpg. Both special teams rank in the top three with the power play converting 23.2% (32/138) and the penalty kill killing 86.5% (109/126).
Senior Brian O’Neill is the team’s leading scorer with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points. Junior Andrew Miller has a team-high 25 helpers and six goals for 31 points. Sophomore Kenny Agostino and junior Antoine Laganiere have 29and 25 points, respectively. Eight other players are in double figures in scoring. Junior Nick Maricic has started in goal in the last four games, and is 3-0-1 in those four games with a .936 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average. He’s made eight total appearances this year and has a .909 save percentage and a 2.80 GAA. Starting in goal the majority of the season was junior Jeff Malcolm. He has a 9-11-2 record with a .911 save percentage and a 2.70 GAA.