PRINCETON, N.J. (11/21/13) - The Princeton men's hockey team faces No. 4 Quinnipiac in the annual home-and-home series this weekend. The Tigers conclude a six-game homestand hosting the Bobcats on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., before Quinnipiac returns the favor on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton went 1-1 last weekend with a 5-4 overtime victory over Dartmouth before falling to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the ECAC. Princeton concludes a six-game homestand on Friday before heading out on the road for the next nine games, including two exhibitions in British Columbia.
Junior Tucker Brockett led the ECAC in scoring last week with six points. He had a career-high four points in the Tigers’ win over Dartmouth and two the next night against Harvard. Brockett sits atop the scoring column with 11 points on two goals and nine assists. Senior Andrew Ammon has a team-high five goals and one helper for six points. Juniors Tyler Maugeri and Aaron Kesselman, along with senior Jack Berger and sophomore Jonathan Liau chip in five points apiece. Senior netminder Sean Bonar is 2-5 on the season with an .889 save percentage and a 3.42 goals against average. Freshman Colton Phinney has seen action in two games and owns an .852 save percentage and a 4.87 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/QUINNIPIAC SERIES
Quinnipiac holds a slim 9-8-1 edge in the all-time series with Princeton since it began in 2005 when the school joined the league. The Bobcats are 4-0-1 in the last five meetings with Princeton’s last win coming on Nov. 23, 2010, a 3-0 victory. Seniors Andrew Calof and Eric Carlson both have two points in the series with a goal and an assist each. Senior Sean Bonar is 1-1 in the series with a 2.17 GAA and a .921 save percentage making 58 stops on 63 shots.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
With an 11-1-1 overall record Quinnipiac is ranked No. 4 in this week’s national polls. The 2013 national runner-up lost 11 players to graduation but is tops in the league with an unbeaten 5-0-1 record. The team’s lone blemish is a 3-3 tie with Yale two weeks ago. Quinnipiac averages 3.46 goals per game (13th nationally) and has the best scoring defense in the nation, allowing just 1.54 gpg. Another bright spot is the team’s penalty kill, which ranks second nationally at 92.2% (59/64), while its power play is average at 18.9% (14/74).
Freshman Sam Anas is the team’s leading scorer with 16 points on eight goals and assists. Senior Kellen Jones is one point away from his 100th career point and is the team’s top assist scoring with 10 to go along with four goals. Brother Connor Jones, who already has 100 career points, and senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas have 13 points apiece. The four players have combined for seven game-winning goals, nine power-player goals and two short-handed goals. Sophomore Michael Garteig is the only netminder used by the Bobcats this season. He owns the best numbers in league player with a 1.53 GAA and a .924 save percentage.