PRINCETON, N.J. (10/31/13) - The Princeton men's hockey team hits the road for its first ECAC games of the year at Cornell and Colgate. The Tigers take on Cornell on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., and Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 1-1 as it hits the road for its first ECAC games of the season. The Tigers defeated Dartmouth 3-2 in overtime and lost 3-2 to Yale at the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center last weekend, in non-conference games.
The Tigers’ special teams are hot as the power play ranks second nationally at 33.3% (3/9) and the penalty kill is first at 100% (5/5).
Princeton has balanced scoring as 12 players have points in just two games. Senior Andrew Calof, junior defender Aaron Ave and freshman Ben Foster have three points apiece. Nine other players have one point. Senior Sean Bonar is 1-1 with a .929 save percentage and a 2.51 GAA allowing five goals on 70 shots.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is 2-0 on the season after sweeping Nebraska Omaha last weekend in Omaha, 5-3 and 4-3. Cornell is the only team in the nation to have a better power play than Princeton, as the Big Red are 7 for 15 (46.7%). They’ve allowed two power play goals on 14 chances as the penalty kill ranks 16th at 85.7%.
Three juniors lead the team in scoring. Joel Lowry has two goals and two assists, while Brian Ferlin has one goal and three assists. John McCarron has a team-high four helpers. All three players are NHL draft picks. Seven other players have a point or more. Senior Andy Iles is 2-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
THE PRINCETON/CORNELL SERIES
Cornell leads the series with Princeton, 81-53-8. The Big Red ended the Tigers’ season last year with a sweep in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, 4-0 and 4-2. Princeton swept the regular season, 5-3 and 1-0. Senior Andrew Calof leads the team against Cornell with five goals and two assists for seven points. Seniors Andrew Ammon, Alec Rush and Kevin Ross have three points each. Senior Sean Bonar has faced Cornell four times and is 1-2. He has an .897 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA allowing seven goals on 68 shots.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is the most experience team Princeton has played thus far, as the Raiders are 2-4-1 overall. The team opened the season splitting with Ferris State, defeating RIT, going 0-1-1 at Bowling Green and dropping two against St. Cloud State. Colgate’s power play ranks 15th nationally at 23.1% (6/26) and its penalty kill is 31st at 81.2% (26/32).
Sophomores Mike Borkowski and Kyle Baun are the team’s leading scorers. Borkowski has eight points on a team-leading six assists and two goals. Baun has scored a team-best four goals, three of which came on the power play, and chipped in three assists. Sophomore Tyson Spink contributes five points, while Tylor Spink and Mike McCann have four points apiece. Senior Eric Mihalik has seen the majority of time in net. He has a 2-2-1 record with a .931 save percentage and a 2.04 GAA. Freshman Charlie Finn has seen active in two games, and is 0-2 with an .840 save percentage and a 6.54 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/COLGATE SERIES
Colgate has a slight edge in the all-time series, 48-46-6 since the teams first met in 1918. Princeton swept the series last year with scores of 4-0 at home in November and 4-2 on the road in February. The Tigers have won the last three straight in the series. Senior Andrew Calof leads the team against the Raiders with 11 points on 10 assists and one goal. Senior Jack Berger has four points on three goals and one assist. Senior Kevin Ross has the best on-ice rating at +5. Senior Sean Bonar has played Colgate just once, in 2011, but made a career-high 42 saves in that game.