PRINCETON, N.J. (11/8/12) - The Princeton men's hockey team jumps right into the thick of things as it hosts No. 4 Cornell and Colgate in its first home games on Nov. 9 & 10. The Tigers were idle last week for fall break and have played just twice this season.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton opened the 2012-13 season at the Ivy Shootout on Oct. 26 & 27. The Tigers lost to Brown 2-1 and Yale 3-2 in non-conference play. Princeton had this past week off for fall break. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri led the team in goals with two while senior defender Michael Sdao had two helpers. Junior Andrew Calof, who has led the Tigers in scoring the last two years had a goal and an assist. Defenders Eric Meland and Jeremy Goodwin had one point each. Senior Mike Condon played both games in goal. He has a .918 save percentage and a 2.52 goals against average.
THE PRINCETON/CORNELL SERIES
Cornell leads the all-time series with Princeton 79-51-8. The Big Red won 4-0 at home in November before the teams tied 3-3 at Baker Rink in January. Senior Eric Meland has the most points when playing against Cornell, with one goal and two assists for three points. Junior Kevin Ross and Andrew Calof have two points apiece. Junior Sean Bonar has played goal three times against the Big Red, and has 1-2 record with a 2.30 GAA and an .897 save percentage. Condon was in net for last year’s tie and has a 2.77 GAA and a .900 save percentage in that one game.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is undefeated at 3-0-1 and is ranked No. 4 in the latest USCHO national poll. The Big Red opened the season hosting Colorado College in a set, and won 2-0 and 3-2. Cornell played its home-and-home with travel partner Colgate last weekend, and won 3-1 on the road followed by a 2-2 tie at Lynah. Their power play ranks sixth in the nation at 27.3% (6/22). Sophomore Joel Lowry has scored three goals and added one assist for four points. Sophomore defender Joakim Ryan has a team-high four assists. Senior defender Nick D’Agostino and sophomore Cole Bardreau have each contributed three points apiece. Junior goalie Andy Iles has been the only netminder for the Big Red. He has the best GAA in the nation at 1.23 and has the third-best save percentage at .955.
THE PRINCETON/COLGATE SERIES
Colgate leads the all-time series by a slim 48-44-6 margin. The teams split last season with Colgate winning 4-1 in Hamilton in November, before Princeton won a 6-2 match in Princeton in January. Junior Andrew Calof leads all Tigers against the Raiders with eight points on one goal and seven assists. Sophomore Aaron Kesselman has the next-best numbers with two goals and one assist for three points. Senior Mike Condon has played twice against the Raiders and is 2-0, with an .878 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA. Junior Sean Bonar has played in one game with a .913 save percentage and a 4.20 GAA.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is 4-4-1 overall and is receiving votes in the national poll. The Raiders have been playing regular season games since Oct. 9, before Princeton began practice. They dropped a pair at Miami - where Marc Hagel ’12 is finishing out his college hockey career - and split with Bowling Green. The Raiders defeated RIT and Quinnipiac in a non-conference game in Cape Cod. Colgate is led by a pair of freshmen. Tylor Spink has three goals and six assists for nine points. Kyle Baun has scored four goals and four assists for eight points. Sophomore defender Spiro Goulakos also has eight points on three goals and five helpers. Freshman Darcy Murphy and senior Robbie Bourdon chip in six points each. Junior Eric Mihalik has started in all but one game. He has a 2.58 GAA and an .895 save percentage. Freshman Spencer Finney has made two appearances and has a .903 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA in 80 minutes of action.