PRINCETON, N.J. (2/27/13) - The Princeton men's hockey team looks to snap four-game losing skid as it fights for a home ice position in the ECAC playoffs as it hits the road for the final weekend of the regular season. Princeton heads to Dartmouth on Friday, March 1 and Harvard on Saturday, March 2. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 9-14-4 overall and is ninth in the league standings at 7-10-3 Princeton can finish anywhere between fifth and 11th in the league.
Junior Andrew Calof, who is one point away from 100 career points, leads the team in scoring. He ranks third in the league in scoring with 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri has nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. Junior Andrew Ammon and senior Michael Sdao have seven goals apiece with Ammon chipping in eight assists and Sdao six. Senior Eric Meland matches Sdao’s 13 points with two goals and 11 assists. Senior Rob Kleebaum and junior Jack Berger have 12 points each and freshman Mike Ambrosia adds 10. Senior Mike Condon is 7-9-3 in goal with a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against average. Junior Sean Bonar is 2-5-1 with a .901 save percentage and a 3.24 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/DARTMOUTH SERIES
Dartmouth owns a slim 95-84-14 lead over Princeton in the all-time series, which began in 1907. The Tigers are 1-0-1 in the last two meetings including a 2-1 win in January when Dartmouth was ranked No. 8. Junior Andrew Calof and senior Rob Kleebaum both have five points against the Big Green. Senior Michael Sdao adds three points. Senior Mike Condon is 1-1-1 in goal against Dartmouth with a .917 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA. Junior Sean Bonar is 0-2 with a .905 save percentage and a 3.07 GAA.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth is 13-10-4 overall and is in fourth place in the ECAC with a 9-8-3. The Big Green need one point to clinch home ice for the playoffs and can finish anywhere between second-ninth. Dartmouth has split each of its last two weekends, including a 4-0 loss at Clarkson and a 3-2 win over St. Lawrence last weekend. The Big Green have the second-best penalty kill in the league at 89.8% (88/98). The power-play ranks seventh at 16.3% (19/95).
Sophomore Tyler Sikura and junior Eric Robinson have scored the most goals on the team with 10 each. Sikura adds 18 assists for 29 points, while Robinson adds seven assists for 17 points. The pair have combined for eight power-play goals and five game winners. Junior Matt Lindblad has a team-high 14 assists and nine goals for 23 points. Senior Dustin Walsh, the team’s lone draft pick, matches Robinson’s 17 points with eight goals and nine assists. Four others are in double digits in scoring. Junior Cab Morris and freshman Charles Grant split time in goal. Morris is 8-6-3 with a 2.10 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Grant is 5-4-1 with a 2.69 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
THE PRINCETON/HARVARD SERIES
Harvard leads the all-time series 146-56-11 since it began on March 1, 1902. The Crimson are 70-17-5 when playing in Cambridge, although the Tigers are 2-0-1 in the last three games at Bright. Princeton took a 3-2 overtime game in January in the first game of this year’s series. Junior Andrew Calof and senior Eric Meland each have six points against Harvard, while senior Michael Sdao has five. Junior Sean Bonar is 2-2-1 in goal against Harvard with a 3.20 GAA and an .876 save percentage. Senior Mike Condon is 1-0, earning a shutout in his only game against Harvard in Nov. 2010..
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters the weekend with a 8-16-3 overall record. The Crimson are in last place in the league standings at 5-13-2 and will finish either 11th or 12th. Harvard is last in the league in both scoring offense (2.37) and scoring defense (3.22), power play (12.1%, 13/107) and is second-to-last in penalty kill (78.5%, 84/107). The Crimson have lost just one game in the last six (3-1-2) including a 6-2 win over Clarkson last weekend.
Draft picks freshmen Jimmy Vesey, Brian Hart and senior Alex Fallstrom have 17 points apiece to sit atop the scoring column. Vesey has a team-high 11 goals and six assists. Fallstrom has six goals and 11 assists, while Hart leads the team in assists with 13 and chips in four goals. Six others have 10 points or more. Junior Raphael Girard has started in goal in all but three games. He has a 6-15-3 record with a .907 save percentage and a 3.12 GAA. Freshman Peter Traber has played in seven games and has made three starts. Traber was in net for the last game, a 6-2 win at Clarkson. He has a .921 save percentage and a 3.15 GAA with a 2-1 record.