PRINCETON, N.J. (4/26/13) - Princeton head men's hockey coach Bob Prier has announced the recruiting class of seven student-athletes that will join the team as the Class of 2017.
“We are really happy with our incoming class,” Prier said. “It’s a big group of guys, physically, who we think will be a strong addition to the players we have returning. A number of them have been on the NHL Central Scouting list, and have proven themselves on their teams and in their leagues. They are extremely competitive and have outstanding academic records. Assistant coaches Greg Gardner, Scott Garrow and I know they will be a great fit to the Princeton hockey family.”
Tommy Davis, 6-2/185, Defender, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
Davis spent the last season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. He made 65 appearances, scoring seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. A 2012 graduate of Delbarton School, he played in 106 games with the Green Wave scoring 21 goals and 52 assists. The team won the New Jersey state championship all four years while he was at Delbarton. During his junior year he was named first-team All-Gordon Division, second-team all-state and all-tournament. Davis has on the 2011 NHL Central Scouting final rankings for North American skaters. Prior to joining Youngstown, Davis spent two seasons with the New Jersey Colonials.
Ben Foster, 6-1/190, Left Wing, Darien, Conn./Tri-City Storm (USHL)
A 2012 graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Foster played for both the Musekegon Lumberjacks and the Tri-City Storm this past season. He started the year with the Lumberjacks and played 43 games scoring 22 points on 14 goals and eight assists. With the Storm, he scored 17 points on eight goals and nine assists in 22 games. Foster was a senior captain at Choate and collected 117 career points in 80 games, with 47 goals and 70 assists. He was named to the 2011-12 New England Prep All-Star Team and guided the Wild Boars to the New England Large Prep School Championship in 2010. Foster also lettered in golf at Choate.
Colton Phinney, 6-1/175, Goalie, Chatham, N.J./Islanders Hockey Club (EJHL)
Phinney played four years at Delbarton, graduating with Davis in 2012. He posted a record of 58-4-1 with 29 shutouts. As an assistant captain his senior year, he had a 24-1 record with 12 shutouts, a .944 save percentage and a 0.75 goals against average while earning his team’s MVP award. He was named first-team all-state, first-team all-area, first-team non-public, first-team all-county, first-team MSG Varsity and first-team Gordon Conference his senior year. Phinney was named third-team all-state, second-team all-area, second-team all-country and honorable mention Gordon Conference as a junior when he went 23-3-1 with 10 shutouts. His career numbers (approximate) are a .947 save percentage and a 1.04 GAA. During his career the Green Wave were four-time state champions and three-time Gordon Cup champions. Phinney spent this past season with the Islanders Hockey Club (EJHL). He put together a 25-11-1 record with four shutouts, a .922 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA. He captured four Defensive Player of the Week honors, and was named to the EJHL All-Star Team. In the playoffs, Phinney had the game-winning assist, and scored the game-winning goal in the finals against New Jersey.
Quin Pompi, 6-2/187, Defender, Springfield, Pa./Berkshire School
A 2013 graduate of the Berkshire School, Pompi was a dual sport athlete for the Bears. He captained both the hockey and lacrosse teams his senior year. Berkshire was the 2012 Martin/Earl Large School champion and the 2013 Avon Hockey Tournament champion. This past season, the Bears were ranked No. 1 in the New England prep school power rankings - the first time in school history. Pompi is on the final list of the 2013 NHL Central Scouting for North American skaters.
Marlon Sabo, 6-4/210, Defender, Surrey, B.C./Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
German-born Sabo has played the last two years with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League. He played in 113 games and had four goals and 14 assists for 18 points. The Bulldogs won the 2013 Island Division Championship and honored Sabo with the team’s Most Improved, Academic Player of the Year and Fan’s Choice Award. A 2012 graduate of Elgin Park, Sabo also spent time with the Kerry Park Islanders. During his two years with the Islanders, he played in 39 games and had one goal and three assists.
Ryan Siiro, 6-2/220, Forward, Bloomington, Minn./Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Siiro has committed the last two years to playing junior hockey in the USHL, spending the 2011-12 season with Dubuque and the 2012-13 season with Sioux Falls. He is team captain with the Stampede that is currently in their playoff run for the USHL Clark Cup. Siiro played in 63 regular-season games with Sioux Falls and scored 11 goals and 22 assists. He has played in five playoff games thus far and has one goal and one assist. With Dubuque during the 2011-12 season he had 12 points with six goals and six assists in 56 games. A 2011 graduate of Bloomington Jefferson High School, Siiro was a tri-sport athlete as a member of the football, hockey and baseball. While a member of the BJHS hockey team, Sirro was twice named all-conference and was given the team’s Hobey Baker Character Award.
Garrett Skrbich, 6-0/193, Left Wing, Hermantown, Minn./Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)
The second member of the class out of the British Columbia Hockey League, Skrbich made stops with the Westside Warriors, Victoria Grizzlies and most recently Cowichan Valley Capitals. Since January he has been with the Capitals as an assistant captain. He played in 21 games and scored 10 goals and five assists. He began the season at Victoria, where he had 10 points in 34 games. In 2011-12 he played in 50 games with Westside and scored 12 points.
A 2011 graduate of Hermantown High School, Skrbich helped guide the Hawks to three Lake Superior Conference championships, two sectional championships and two state championship second-place finishes. As captain his senior year, Skrbich collected 75 points (42-33-75) in 31 games. This broke a 66-year school record in single-season scoring.
He was named Lake Superior Player of the Year, all-state, Duluth News Tribune All-Area, Minnesota state all-tournament team and the Midwest High School Elite 1 league. On top of being named the team’s MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, Skrbich captured the Ted Brill National Invitational Tournament Champion as the points leader.