PRINCETON, N.J. (11/28/12) - The Princeton men's hockey team returns to league play, traveling to Rensselaer on Friday, Nov. 30 and No. 8 Union on Saturday, Dec. 1.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 3-4-1 overall, having split last weekend's non-conference games at Sacred Heart and UMass Lowell. The Tigers are 2-1-1 in the ECAC, as they continue on a seven-game road stretch. Princeton is average 2.75 goals per game and is allowing 3.00 gpg. The Tigers have the third best power play in the nation, converting 9 of 33 (27.3%). The penalty kill has been on a tear and is 34 for 40 (85%).
Offensively the team is led by sophomore Tyler Maugeri. Maugeri has five goals and six assists for 11 points. Junior Andrew Calof is one point back with three goals and seven assists. Junior Andrew Ammon has also scored five goals and adds four assists for nine points. Senior defender Eric Meland has seven assists to his credit, while fellow blueliner Michael Sdao has two goals and three assists. Senior Mike Condon has started in seven of eight games. He has a .904 save percentage and a 2.75 goals against average. Junior Sean Bonar has made two appearances and has made eight saves on 12 shots in just over 45 minutes of action.
THE PRINCETON/RENSSELAER SERIES
Rensselaer leads the series 63-31-9 since it began on Jan. 18, 1952. Princeton has won the last three meeting with a season sweep last year. Princeton won a 5-3 game at home on Dec. 2 and a 6-2 game at Houston Field House on Feb. 18. Senior Rob Kleebaum leads the Tigers in points against the Engineers, with three goals and three assists. Juniors Andrew Ammon, Jack Berger and Andrew Calof have scored five points apiece. Senior Mike Condon has faced RPI once and made 24 saves in the win. Junior Sean Bonar has played three games versus RPI and has made 74 saves on 84 shots.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Rensselaer is seeking its first league win with an 0-4 mark in the ECAC. The Engineers already played a home-and-home with Union, falling 4-2 and 7-3 and lost at Dartmouth and Harvard by matching 4-0 scores. The team is 3-5-2 overall and most recently swept Mercyhurst in a pair of games. It's been two weeks since those games, as the team did not play during the Thanksgiving weekend. RPI averages 2.40 gpg and allows an average of 3.20. The power play is 8 for 44 (18.2%) and the penalty kill is 36 for 44 (81.8).
Sophomores Jacob Laliberte and Matt Neal lead the team in scoring. Laliberte has five goals and six helpers for 11 points, while Neal has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Senior defender Nick Bailen adds nine points. Sophomore Ryan Haggerty and junior Brock Higgs contribute six points apiece. The Engineers utilize a two-goalie system. Senior Bryce Merriam has played in six games this season and has a .889 save percentage and a 3.47 GAA. Sophomore Scott Diebold has made four appearances and has an .867 save percentage and a 3.35 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/UNION SERIES
Union holds a one-game edge over Princeton in the all-time series, 23-22-5. The teams first met on Dec. 15, 1982. The Dutchmen are riding a six-game unbeaten streak over the Tigers. The teams played to a 3-3 tie at Baker last December before a 3-0 Union win at Messa Rink. Princeton's last win in the series was on March 15, 2009 in the ECAC Quarterfinal series - a series Princeton won two games to one. Senior Eric Meland and junior Andrew Calof have each scored one goal and assisted on two as the leading scorers against Union. Mike Condon has played in three games and is 0-3 with 82 saves on 94 shots. In all three games, Condon has been pulled and Union has scored an empty-net goal. Bonar earned a tie in his lone game versus Union, making 14 saves on 17 shots.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Union enters the weekend with an 8-2-1 overall record, that ranks them No. 8 in the national poll. The Dutchmen are in 3-1 in the league, with two wins over RPI, one against Harvard and a one-goal loss to Dartmouth. Union has the third-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 4.09 goals per game and the fifth-best scoring defense with 1.91 gpg. Union's power play unit is second in the nation going 15 for 52 (28.8%), while the penalty kill is 37 for 41 (90.2%), sixth in the nation.
Senior Kyle Bodie is tops on the team in scoring with three goals and a team-high 12 assists for 15 points. Classmate Wayne Simpson has scored a team-best seven goals, three game winners, and adds six assists for 13 points. Sophomore Shayne Gostisbehere and junior Josh Jooris have both collected 10 points apiece. Troy Grosenick has played in eight games in goal and has a .922 save percentage and a 2.20 GAA. Sophomore Colin Stevens has appeared in five games and has a 1.08 GAA and a .951 save percentage.