PRINCETON, N.J. (11/15/12) - The Princeton men's hockey team hits the road for a seven-game stretch beginning with a visit to the North Country. The Tigers face No. 16 St. Lawrence on Friday, Nov. 16 and Clarkson on Saturday, Nov. 17. Both games are at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton enters the weekend with a vote in the national poll after sweeping No. 4 Cornell and Colgate last weekend. The Tigers are 2-2 on the season and 2-0 in the ECAC. Princeton is averaging 3.00 goals per game and has the eighth-best scoring defense in the nation at 2.00 gpg. The Tigers’ power play is fourth in the country, as they’ve converted five of 18 (27.8%); while its penalty kill is 16 for 18 (88.9) - eighth best in the nation. Junior Andrew Calof ranks fourth in the nation in points per game with three goals and four assists for seven points. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri adds three goals and two assists for five points. Senior Eric Meland has contributed four points from the blue line. Freshman Michael Zajac, seniors Rob Kleebaum and Michael Sdao and junior Andrew Ammon all have three points apiece. Senior Mike Condon has been the only netminder Princeton has used this season. He has a .926 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average.
THE PRINCETON/ST. LAWRENCE SERIES
St. Lawrence has a 63-21-9 advantage in the all-time series that began in 1947-48. The Saints have won the last four meetings. Princeton’s last win came on March 4, 2011 in the first round series of the ECAC Tournament. The Tigers have a rough time at Appleton Arena winning eight times and tying three times in 42 games.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence is off to a 5-2-1 start and is ranked No. 16 in its first year under head coach Greg Carvel. The Saints are 0-1-1 in the ECAC after a 3-3 tie with Brown and a 4-2 loss to Yale last weekend on the road. St. Lawrence is averaging 3.50 goals per game and are allowing 1.88. The Saints are 10 for 41 (24.4%) on the power play and 41 for 45 (91.1%) on the penalty kill -4th best in the nation. Senior Kyle Flanagan is on a tear with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, the best in the nation in points per game. Junior Greg Carey is right behind with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Carey and Princeton’s Andrew Calof are both ranked fourth in the nation in points per game with 1.75. A pair of defenders are next on the St. Lawrence scoring column. Senior George Hughes has nine assists and junior Justin Baker has one goal and eight helpers. Junior Matt Weninger is the only netminder the Saints have used this season. His .941 save percentage ranks fifth nationally, and a has 1.86 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/CLARKSON SERIES
Clarkson holds a 72-28-5 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1927-28. The teams have split the series in each of the last three years. Princeton won a 3-0 game at home in November, and Clarkson won 3-2 at home in February. The Golden Knights lead 36-5 when playing at home. However, Princeton has beat Clarkson on its own ice three times in the last six visits.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson is 1-4-4 on the season but hasn’t lost a game in the last five outings. The Golden Knights defeated Yale 1-0 and tied Brown 3-3 last weekend. Clarkson averages 2.44 goals per game and is allowing 3.00. The Knights are 6 for 42 (14.3%) on the power play and 30 for 38 (78.9%) on the penalty kill. Junior Allan McPherson has eight points on two goals and a team-high six assists. Junior Ben Sexton and sophomore Patrick Marsh have seven points apiece. Sexton has three goals and four assists, while Marsh matches McPherson in assists with six and has scored once. Junior Jarrett Burton has tallied a team-best five goals. Clarkson has two rookie goaltenders and one senior - a New York Islander draftee. It’s been freshman Greg Lewis who has started the majority of the game, seven total. He has a 2.58 GAA and a .910 save percentage. Classmate Andrew Hunt has played one game and made 26 saves on 29 shots. Lewis has played in one game as well and made 25 saves on 30 shots.