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Men's Hockey Returns to League Play at No. 11 Union/RPI

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 12/05/2013
Courtesy: Shelley Szwast
Freshman Michael Zajac
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   Game 14: Princeton at No. 11 Union
  Gametime Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. / Messa Rink  l  Tickets
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  Twitter: @PUTigers  l  @UnionAthletics
  Series Info Record: Union leads 24-22-6 (began Dec. 15, 1982)
  Streak: 6 Union wins, 2 ties
  Records Princeton (3-10, 2-6 ECAC); Union (8-3-2, 5-1 ECAC)
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @PUhockey  l  Game Notes
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  Game 15: Princeton at Rensselaer
  Gametime Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. / Houston Field House  l  Tickets
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  Twitter: @PUTigers  l  @RPIAthletics
  Series Info Record: RPI leads 63-32-10 (began Jan. 18, 1952)
  Streak: 4 Princeton wins, 1 tie
  Records Princeton (3-10, 2-6 ECAC); Rensselaer (7-5-2, 2-3-2 ECAC)
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @PUhockey  l  Game Notes
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PRINCETON, N.J. (12/5/13) - The Princeton men's hockey team returns to ECAC Hockey action this weekend traveling to No. 11 Union and Rensselaer. Union hosts Princeton on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., and Rensselaer on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. It marks the final games for the Tigers until after the Christmas holiday.

EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is looking to rebound from last weekend’s two losses at Michigan State as it returns to the ECAC Hockey slate. The Tigers last conference game was a 4-3 win at No. 4 Quinnipiac on Nov. 23. Princeton is 3-10 overall and 2-6 in the ECAC, 10th place.

Junior Tucker Brockett is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points on two goals and team-best nine assists. Senior Andrew Ammon has scored a team-high six goals and adds two helpers for eight points. Senior Jack Berger and junior Aaron Kesselman have seven points apiece. Junior Aaron Ave is the leading scorer among defenders with three goals and three assists. Senior Sean Bonar and freshman Colton Phinney have both shared time in net. Bonar is 2-6 with a 3.97 goals against average and an .875 save percentage. Phinney is 1-4 with a 3.88 GAA and an .880 save percentage.

THE PRINCETON/UNION SERIES
Union has a slight lead in the all-time series at 24-22-6. The Dutchmen are unbeaten in the last eight games at 6-0-2, with Princeton’s last win on March 15, 2009. Senior Andrew Calof and junior Tyler Maugeri are the team’s leading scorers against Union. Calof has five points in six games, while Maugeri has four in four. Senior Sean Bonar is 0-1-1 in goal with a .903 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA.

SCOUTING THE DUTCHMEN
Union is riding a five-game win streak and is 8-3-2 overall. The team is ranked No. 11 in the latest USCHO poll and No. 14 in the USA Today poll. The Dutchmen swept Penn State last weekend on the road. With a 5-1 ECAC record, its lone loss to Colgate, Union is second in the league standings. The Dutchmen have the top scoring offense in the league, averaging 3.92 goals per game, while it allows 2.77 gpg. Averaging nearly 15 penalty minutes per game, Union’s penalty kill is 40 of 51 (78.4%) eighth in the league. The power play ranks fourth at 25.4% (18/71).

Five upperclassmen lead the team’s offense. Defender Shayne Gostisbehere has six goals and nine assists for 15 points as the team’s leading scorer. Senior Daniel Carr has seven goals and assists apiece. Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie each have a team-high 13 assists, with Sullivan chipping in one goal for 14 points. Daniel Ciampini is the final player in double digits with a team-high seven goals and four helpers for 11 points. Union has utilized two goaltenders, junior Colin Stevens and freshman Alex Sakellaropoulos. Stevens has started in nine games, has a 6-1 record with a 2.49 GAA and an .883 save percentage. Sakellaropoulos is 2-2-2 with a 3.14 GAA and an .860 save percentage.

THE PRINCETON/RENSSELAER SERIES
Rensselaer owns a 63-32-10 edge in the all-time series since the teams fist met in 1952. Princeton is on a five-game unbeaten streak in the series, at 4-0-1. RPI has not won at home since Nov. 2006. Senior Andrew Calof has 10 points in six game against the Engineers. Classmate Andrew Ammo and Jack Berger add seven and six points, respectively. Senior Sean Bonar is 2-1 against RPI with an .881 save percentage and a 3.35 GAA.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
Rensselaer is 7-5-2 overall and receiving votes in both national polls after an off-week last week. The team most recently split its series with Mercyhurst with each team winning a 5-2 game two weekends ago in Erie. The Engineers are seventh in the league standings with a 2-3-2 mark, They beat Dartmouth and Colgate, dropped a pair to Union, lost one to Harvard and tied Cornell and Harvard. RPI is third in the league in scoring offense, averaging 3.71 goals per game and allows 2.64 gpg. The top penalized team in the conference, RPI’s penalty kill is third in the ECAC at 83.6% (51/61) and the power play is sixth at 20.3% (12/59).

Junior Ryan Haggerty has 15 goals and five assists as the team’s leading scorer. His 15 goals leads the league in goals. Senior Brock Higgs is next on the list with 17 points followed by junior Jacob Laliberte who has a team-high 11 assists and three goals. Junior Matt Neal and sophomore Mike Zalewski chip in 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Scott Diebold has started in goal since the injury to Jason Kasdorf. With a 6-4-2 record he has a .917 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA.

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