PRINCETON, N.J. (10/24/12) - For the fifth straight season the Princeton men's hockey team will open the season at the Ivy League Shootout. This year's Shootout will be held at Brown. Princeton will play Brown on Friday at 7 p.m., and either Dartmouth or Yale on Saturday at 4 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
The Tigers return 83% of their point production from last year, including their top four scorers. Junior Andrew Calof has led the team in scoring the last two seasons, hitting the 30-point mark both times. Junior Jack Berger and senior Rob Kleebaum had 22 and 21 points, respectively. The league’s top scoring defender Michael Sdao had 10 goals and 10 assists in 2011-12. Arguably the strongest goalie combination in the league, senior Mike Condon and junior Sean Bonar return this season. Condon was fourth in the league in save percentage last year at .919 and had a 2.88 GAA. He played 800+ minutes and had a 4-6-3 record. Bonar had a 5-10-4 record playing in just over 1000 minutes. He had an .898 save percentage and a 3.17 GAA. Princeton also welcomes five freshmen, four forwards and one defender.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown finished just behind Princeton in the standings last year with a 5-13-4 ECAC record and a 9-18-5 overall record. The Bears return just one of their top three scorers from last year, sophomore Ryan Jacobson. He scored 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points. Jack Maclellan and Bobby Farnham, who combined for 51 points, have graduated. The Class of 2016 includes three forwards and two defenders. With Mike Clemente graduating, the Bears will rely on junior goalie Marco DeFilippo. DeFilippo was 1-3-2 last year with a .908 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/BROWN SERIES
Brown leads the all-time series 81-65-8. The teams were even last year at 1-1-1. The Bears took a 3-2 game in the Ivy Shootout last year. Princeton won 3-2 in OT in Providence in January, and the teams tied 2-2 in February in Princeton. Junior Andrew Calof leads the Tigers offensively against the Bears. He has three goals and six assists. Senior Michael Sdao has eight points on three goals and five assists. Senior Mike Condon played in goal in both games this season and has faced Brown four times. He is 2-2 against the Bears with 121 saves on 131 shots. Junior Sean Bonar was in goal for last year’s tie and made 34 saves, allowing two goals.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth reached the ECAC Quarterfinals last season after upsetting St. Lawrence 2-0 in the first round series. Cornell would beat the Big Green in two games in the quarterfinals. Dartmouth finished 13-16-4 overall and 8-11-3 in the ECAC to finish ninth in the standings. Despite losing its losing scorer, Doug Jones, to graduation, Dartmouth returns the next five scorers, including Tyler Sikura who had 25 points in 2011-12. Juniors Eric Robinson and Matt Lindblad both had 24-point seasons last season. The tandem of James Mello and Jody O’Neil have graduated, leaving junior Cab Morris as the lone veteran goalie. Morris played in just over 300 minutes last year and has a 3.10 GAA and an .890 save percentage. Dartmouth brings in 10 freshmen, six forwards, two defenders and two goalies.
THE PRINCETON/DARTMOUTH SERIES
Dartmouth has a 95-83-14 edge in the all-time series. The Big Green are riding a five-game unbeaten streak that includes four wins and a tie in the final meeting last year. Senior Rob Kleebaum has the most points against Dartmouth with three goals and two assists. Junior Andrew Calof chips in four assists. Senior Mike Condon and junior Sean Bonar have played in net in two games against the Big Green. Bonar’s numbers are slightly better at a 3.07 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
After defeating Princeton 2 to 1 in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, Yale lost 2 to 1 in the quarterfinal series to Harvard. The Bulldogs posted a 16-16-3 overall record in 2011-12 and was 10-10-2 in league play to finish sixth. Gone is last year’s leading scorer Brian O’Neill. The next six point scorers are back, including senior Andrew Miller and junior Kenny Agostino who both had 20+ point seasons. Senior goalies Jeff Malcom and Nick Maricic are both back for their senior seasons. Malcom was 10-11-2 last year with a .908 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA. Maricic was 6-5-1 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.99 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/YALE SERIES
Yale owns a 130-103-10 record in the all-time series with Princeton. The teams met six times last year, once in the Ivy Shootout and three times in the playoffs in addition to the two regular-season games. Yale was 3-1-1 in those five games. The teams tied 2-2 in the season opener last year. Junior Andrew Calof has an edge with 11 points against Yale. Senior Rob Kleebaum has nine points on seven goals and two assists. Seniors Michael Sdao and Eric Meland add seven points and six points, respectively. Senior Mike Condon and Sean Bonar have played against the Elis. Bonar has the better numbers with a .896 save percentage and a 3.70 GAA.