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PRINCETON, N.J. (10/17/13) - The Princeton men's hockey team hosts Ryerson University in a two-day exhibition series at Hobey Baker Rink. The teams face off on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.
The game will be webstreamed on the Ivy League Digitial Network and live stats will also be available. You can also get Twitter updates at @PUTigers and @PUHockey
The Tigers return nearly 80 percent of its scoring offense from last season and bring back the top three scorers. Led by senior Andrew Calof who finished third in the ECAC last year and eighth in the nation in points per game at 1.23. He has led the Tigers in scoring in each of his first three seasons. Junior Tyler Maugeri and senior Andrew Ammon finished right behind Calof with 23 and 16 points, respectively.
Princeton has the second-largest senior class in the Division I hockey this year with nine. In turn, veteran leadership will be strong with Jack Berger earning his second captaincy. Berger was second on the team in scoring as a sophomore and had 12 points last year. Sophomore Mike Ambrosia is expected to have a breakout year, as he was the leading rookie scoring a year ago with 11 points in just 21 games as he battled through an injury.
The hardest hit area is the defense. The Tigers lost defender Michael Sdao and goaltender Mike Condon, who both signed NHL contracts this past year. Sdao and Eric Meland were the team's top two scoring defenders, collectively tallying 31 points last year. Senior Alec Rush and junior Tom Kroshus look to fill those rolls as they each had nine points last year, as well as seniors Jeremy Goodwin and Kevin Ross who are in double digits in scoring as they enter their final year. Senior Sean Bonar is expected to be the Tigers go-to in goal. He started most of the games in 2011-12 and nine last year. Bonar has a career record of 15-21-6 with a .903 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average.
There are eight new faces on the team with forwards Ben Foster, Ryan Siiro and Garrett Skrbich; defenders Hayden Anderson, Tommy Davis, Quin Pompi and Marlon Sabo and goalie Colton Phinney.
Ryerson, located in downtown Toronto, makes its first trip to the States this season. The Rams are 5-4 on the season after beginning their season on Sept. 14. Ryerson, whose home rink is the old Maple Leaf Gardens, has played four one-goal games this year and a few high-scoring contests, including a 7-6 win against Ottawa. Two sore spots for the Rams so far have been defense and penalty kill. The team has allowed 13 goals in the last two games and averages 4.44 goals against per game. The penalty kill ranks last in the CIS at 58.8 percent. Sophomore Jamie Wise and freshman Domenic Alberga have led the team in scoring during the three conference games with eight and seven points, respectively. Michael Fine and Peter Hermenegildo have four apiece. Troy Passingham has been in goal for all three games and has a 4.16 GAA and an .886 save percentage. Passingham has ECHL experience playing in one game for the Florida Everblades.
This is the first meetings between the two Universities.