PRINCETON, N.J. (1/8/13) - NBC Sports will be at Hobey Baker Rink to broadcast the Princeton/Union men's hockey game on Friday, Jan. 11. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. The following afternoon the Tigers host Rensselaer at 4 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton enters the weekend with a 5-7-4 overall record after sweeping Harvard and No. 8 Dartmouth last weekend. The Tigers are in second place in the ECAC with a 3-3-3 mark. Princeton averages 2.44 goals per game and allows 2.94 gpg. The Tigers have the best combined special teams in the nation. The power-play unit ranks fifth nationally at 24.1%, while the penalty kill is 12th at 86.7%.
A four-point weekend last weekend has put junior Andrew Calof at the top of the scoring column. Calof has 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. Junior Andrew Ammon and senior defender Eric Meland have 10 points apiece. Two more defenders rank in the top seven in points, with senior Michael Sdao contributing nine and sophomore Tom Kroshus with six. Senior Rob Kleebaum is between the blueliners with seven points. Princeton has utilized both senior Mike Condon and junior Sean Bonar in goal. Condon has a 4-6-3 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.56 goals against average. Bonar is 1-1-1 with an .878 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/UNION SERIES
Union leads the series with a slim margin of 23-22-6 since it began on Dec. 15, 1982. Princeton leads when playing at home, 15-10-2. The Dutchmen are undefeated in the last seven games, 5-0-2. Earlier this season the teams played to a 4-4 tie. Junior Andrew Calof leads the Tigers in scoring against Union with five points. Senior Eric Meland has four and sophomore Tyler Maugeri has three. Senior Mike Condon has played in three games against Union and is 0-3-1 with 120 saves on 136 shots. Bonar has played in one game and made 14 saves on 17 shots.
SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Union is ranked No. 16 in the USCHO national poll with a 9-6-4 overall record. The Dutchmen dropped a pair of game at Lake Superior last weekend and is 1-4-2 since playing Princeton on Dec. 1. Union is 3-2-3 in the league to sit in third place, with Dartmouth, in the standings. Union averages 3.21 gpg and holds teams to 2.32 gpg. The Dutchmen have the second best power play in the nation, behind Boston College, converting 23 of 88 of 26.1%. The penalty kill is fourth in the nation at 90.5% (67/74).
Three seniors lead the Dutchmen in scoring, with Kyle Bodie taking the top slot with 22 points on four goals and 18 assists. Wayne Simpson has a team-high nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, while defender Greg Coburn has six goals and 10 helpers for 16 points. Juniors Daniel Carr and Josh Jooris add 15 and 14 points, respectively. Sophomore defender Shayne Gostisbehere rejoins the team after winning a gold medal at the World Juniors this weekend. The Flyer draftee has 13 points in 15 games. Junior Troy Grosenick has spent the most time between the pipes. He has a 5-4-4 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA. Sophomore Colin Stevens is 4-2 with a .920 save percentage and a 1.93 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/RENSSELAER SERIES
Rensselaer leads the all-time series that began in 1952, 63-31-10. Princeton is undefeated in the last four games, 3-0-1. The teams played to a 2-2 tie earlier this season. Senior Rob Kleebaum leads the Tigers against RPI with three goals and four assists in six games. Andrew Calof has scored six times in five games. Juniors Andrew Ammon and Jack Berger each have five points against the Engineers. Senior Mike Condon is 1-0-1, with a 1.92 GAA and a .938 against RPI; while Bonar is 2-1 with 3.35 GAA and an .881 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Rensselaer returns to league action for the first time in nearly a month, playing five non-conference games since Christmas. RPI is 6-9-4 overall and lost to Boston University 3-2 in OT and UNH 5-2 last weekend on the road. The Engineers are 1-5-2 in the ECAC, it’s lone win a 6-1 game at Yale. RPI averages 2.63 gpg and allows 2.89 gpg. The Engineers special teams are in the middle of the pack of the league. The power play has converted 13 of 79 for 16.5% and are 65 of 76 in on the penalty kill for 85.5%.
Sophomore Jacob Laliberte is the team’s leading scorer with seven goals and nine assists for 16 assists. Classmate Ryan Haggerty has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. Senior defender Nick Bailen has collected 13 points on four goals and nine helpers. Freshman Milos Bubela and sophomore Matt Neal contribute 12 points each. RPI uses all three of its goaltenders. Freshman and Winnipeg draftee Jason Kasdorf has the best numbers with a 2-1-2 record, .937 save percentage and 1.63 GAA. Senior Bryce Merriam is 2-4-1 with an .897 save percentage and a 3.18 GAA and sophomore Scott Diebold is 2-4-1 with an .873 save percentage and a 3.22 GAA.