PRINCETON, N.J. (1/29/14) - Princeton returns from a 20-day break from competition for University exams and jumps right back into ECAC play. The Tigers travel to Harvard on Friday, Jan. 31 and then to Dartmouth on Saturday, Feb. 1. Both games are slated for 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
The Tigers are 4-15 overall and 3-9 in the ECAC to sit 11th in the league standings. Princeton defeated RPI 2-1 and lost to No. 4 Union 3-0 the last time out back on Jan. 10 & 11. Junior Tucker Brockett is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points on two goals and nine assists. Junior Aaron Kesselman and sophomore Jonathan Liau each have nine points with Kesselman scoring three goals and six assist while Liau has one goal and eight helpers. Senior Andrew Ammon has a team-high six goals and two assists for eight points. Sophomore Mike Ambrosia, senior Jack Berger and junior Aaron Ave contribute seven points apiece. Senior Sean Bonar and freshman Colton Phinney have split playing time in goal. Bonar is 2-7 with an .885 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average, while Phinney is 2-8 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.47 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/HARVARD SERIES
Harvard leads the more than 100-year old rivalry 147-57-11. The Crimson won the last meeting, a 5-3 game at Hobey Baker Rink on Nov. 16. Senior Andrew Calof leads all active Tigers against Harvard with seven points in six games (4-3-7) and a +4 rating. Senior Jack Berger has four assists, while sophomore Jonathan Liau has three helpers. Senior Sean Bonar is 2-3-1 against Harvard with a 3.38 GAA and an .872 save percentage.
Friday’s meeting between Harvard and Princeton marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most notable games in the series between the two schools. The game took place Jan. 24, 1914 at the Boston Arena (now known as Matthews Arena) featuring the legendary Hobey Baker. The game was the longest college hockey game played up that point, going into sudden death overtime. Baker would go on to lead the Tigers to the 1914 intercollege hockey championship. The two teams will recognize the anniversary of the historic meeting with a ceremonial puck drop prior to Friday’s game.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard is 1-4-1 since the new year and is 5-11-3 overall. The Crimson sit in ninth place in the league standings with a 2-9-3 record. The team most recently lost a 4-3 game at Union this past Friday. Sophomores Jimmy Vesey (NSH) and Kyle Criscuolo have each scored 10 goals with Vesey chipping in six assists while Criscuolo has four. Three freshmen follow in the scoring column: Sean Malone (BUF) with 12, Luke Esposito with 11 and Alexander Kerfoot (NJD) with 10. Senior Raphael Girard and junior Steve Michalek (MIN) have split time in goal. Girard is 4-5-2 with a .931 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA, while Michalek is 1-5-1 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.93 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/DARTMOUTH SERIES
Dartmouth owns a 95-86-14 edge in the all-time series since the teams first meet in 1907. Princeton has the edge as of late with three wins and a tie in the last four meetings. The Tigers won both meetings this season in overtime with a 3-2 win at the Prudential Center in October and a 5-4 win at Hobey Baker Rink in November. Senior Andrew Calof has six assists in the series, and junior Tucker Brockett has five points in five games, including the OT game winner in October. Junior Tyler Maugeri adds four points in the four games he’s played against Dartmouth. Senior Sean Bonar is 2-2 against the Big Green with a .906 save percentage and a 3.03 GAA.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth enters the weekend with a 3-14-3 overall record. The Big Green in last in the standings with a 2-10-1 mark. Dartmouth is winless in its last four games, most recently falling 4-2 to Rensselaer in its solitary game last weekend. Juniors Eric Neiley and Brandon McNally lead the team in scoring. Neiley has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points, while McNally has three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Sophomore defender Ryan Bullock matches McNally’s team-best seven assists. Freshman Grant Opperman, sophomore Brad Schierhorn and junior Andy Simpson nip at McNally’s heels with nine points apiece. Sophomore Charles Grant has been Dartmouth’s primary goalie, starting in 13 of 20 games. He has a 3.53 GAA and an .892 save percentage. Senior Cab Morris provides backup with a 4.74 GAA and an .826 save percentage.