PRINCETON, N.J. (2/26/14) - The Princeton men's hockey team wraps up the regular season in the North Country as the Tigers take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend, Feb. 28 & March 1. Both games are at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton has locked in as the No. 12 seed in the ECAC Tournament and will play the first-round series at the site of the No. 6 seed, which has not yet been determined. The Tigers are 5-22 overall and 4-16 in the ECAC. Seniors Andrew Ammon and Andrew Calof lead the team offensively. Ammon has 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists, while Calof has 17 points on 15 helpers and two goals. Ryan Siiro leads the rookies in scoring with 12 points on five goals and seven assists, while senior Alec Rush is the team’s top scoring defender with 10 points on six goals and four assists. Senior Sean Bonar and freshman Colton Phinney split playing time in goal. Bonar has an .885 save percentage and a 4.06 goals against average, while Phinney has an .899 save percentage and a 3.78 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/CLARKSON SERIES
Clarkson owns a 75-28-5 record in the series since the teams first meeting during the 1927-28 season. The Golden Knights have won the last four games of the series. Senior Andrew Calof has seven assists in the series, while senior Andrew Ammon has five points on four goals and one assist. Senior Sean Bonar is the only current netminder to have faced Clarkson. He is 2-3 in the series with a 2.65 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson is sixth in the league standings with a 10-9-1 record. The team can finish anywhere between 3-7 in the standings. Overall, Clarkson owns a 17-14-3 record and is receiving votes in the latest USCHO poll. The Golden Knights haven’t won a game however since the Princeton game on Feb. 8, going 0-3-1 since.
Allan McPherson leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. Senior Ben Sexton is second in the scoring column with 23 points but after an injury in the Princeton came he has not returned to the lineup. Ten skaters are separated have between 10-18 points and will look to step up in his place. They include sophomore Jeff DeNallo has nine goals and nine assists, and senior Will Frederick has five goals and 12 helpers. The team uses both freshman Steve Perry and sophomore Greg Lewis in goal. Perry was in net for the first Princeton game and made 34 saves on 37 shots. Overall he has a 2.40 GAA and a .905 save percentage. Lewis has a 2.63 GAA and an .896 save percentage in 16 games played.
THE PRINCETON/ST. LAWRENCE SERIES
St. Lawrence leads the all-time series 65-21-10 since the teams first met during the 1947-48 season. The Saints are on a seven-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 seven points against the Saints, with Calof representing a +6 on-ice rating. Senior Sean Bonar has a 2-5 record against the Saints with a 2.46 GAA and an .898 save percentage. Colton Phinney was in net during the last game and made 43 saves on 50 shots.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence can finish between 7-11 in the league standings and is currently ninth with a 6-10-4 ECAC mark. Overall the Saints are 12-16-4. After a seven-game losing streak midway through the season, they’ve gone 4-4-2 since.
The Carey brothers are the team’s leaders in points. Senior Greg has a league-leading 51 points on 36 assists - tops in the ECAC - and 15 goals. Freshman Matt has 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points. Defenders Justin Baker and Gavin Bayreuther have 30 points apiece as the top two scoring defenders in the league, and senior Jeremy Wick adds 29. Senior Matt Weninger has played in goal for 28 of the team’s 32 games. He has a 3.46 GAA and an .875 save percentage. Freshman Tyler Parks backs up with seven games played.