PRINCETON, N.J. (2/6/14) - Princeton hosts St. Lawrence and No. 14 Clarkson at Hobey Baker Rink in one of the final home weekends of the season this weekend. The Tigers take on head coach Bob Prier's alma mater on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., and Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 4-17 on the season and 3-11 in the ECAC, sitting in 12th place in the league standings. The Tigers lost 3-2 at Harvard and 5-3 at Dartmouth last weekend.
Junior Tucker Brockett is at the top of the scoring column with a team-high nine assists and two goals for 11 points. Sophomore Jonathan Liau matches Brockett’s nine assists and has one goal for 10 points. Senior Andrew Ammon has scored the most goals for the Tigers, with six tallies, and chips in three helpers for nine points. Junior Aaron Kesselman has nine points as well with three goals and six assist. Sophomore Mike Ambrosia, senior Jack Berger and junior Aaron Ave follow with eight points apiece. Senior Sean Bonar and freshman Colton Phinney have split time in net. Bonar is 2-8 with an .886 save percentage and a 3.94 goals against average, while Phinney is 2-9 with a .901 save percentage and a 3.43 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/ST. LAWRENCE SERIES
St. Lawrence leads the all-time series 64-21-10 since the teams first met during the 1947-48 season. The Saints are on a six-game unbeaten streak in the series with Princeton’s last win coming on March 3, 2011 in the first game of the ECAC First Round three-game series. Seniors Andrew Ammon and Andrew Calof both have six points against the Saints, with Calof representing a +8 on-ice rating. Senior Sean Bonar has a 2-5 record against the Saints with a 2.46 GAA and an .898 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
With a 3-8-3 ECAC record the Saints sit in ninth place, with Harvard, in the standings. St. Lawrence has an overall record of 9-14-3 and most recently knocked off Union 2-1 followed by a 4-3 loss to RPI. The win was St. Lawrence’s only win since Nov. 29, as the team is 1-8-1 in the last 10 games. The Saints have the best power-play unit in the nation converting 37 of 123 chances (30.1%), while its penalty kill is the fourth worst going 91 of 122 (74.6%).
Senior Greg Carey leads the league and is second in the nation in scoring with 45 points on 14 goals and 31 assists. Freshman Matt Carey isn’t far behind, fifth in the league, on 15 goals and 15 assists and is the second-highest scoring rookie in the nation. Senior Justin Baker and freshman Gavin Bayreuther are two of the league’s top scoring defenders and are both in the top 10 nationally. Baker has six goals and 17 assists, while Bayreuther has six goals and 16 assists. Senior Matt Weninger has started in 22 of 26 games in goal. He has an .864 save percentage and a 3.80 GAA with a 7-11-3 record. Freshman Tyler Parks has made six appearances in net and has a 3.03 GAA and an .859 save percentage.
THE PRINCETON/CLARKSON SERIES
Clarkson owns a 74-28-5 record in the series since the teams first meeting during the 1927-28 season. The Golden Knights have won the last three games of the series. Senior Andrew Calof has four assists in the series, while senior Andrew Ammon has two goals and an assist. Junior Aaron Kesselman has also scored twice. Senior Sean Bonar is 2-2 in the series with a 2.32 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson enters the weekend fifth in the league standings with a 9-5 record and ranked No. 14in the latest USCHO poll. The Golden Knights are 16-10-2 on the season. The team began the season on a 12-3-1 run but have gone 4-7-1 since the Christmas holiday. Last weekend Clarkson posted a 3-0 shutout of RPI and lost 4-3 to Union at home.
Seniors Ben Sexton (BOS) and Allan McPherson are both over the 20-point scoring mark. Sexton has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, while McPherson has nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. Sophomore Jeff DiNallo adds eight goals and nine assists while senior Will Frederick has 15 points on five goals and 10 helpers. Six other players are in double figures. Freshman Steve Perry and sophomore Greg Lewis share time in net. Perry is 7-5-2 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.10 GAA, while Lewis is 8-5 with an .893 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.