PRINCETON, N.J. (2/7/13) - Central New York foes Colgate and Cornell play host to the Princeton men's hockey team this weekend. With just eight league games remaining points are pivotal. The Tigers face Colgate on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., and Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is looking to rebound from a two-loss weekend last weekend. The Tigers are 7-10-4 overall and 5-6-3 in the league to sit in a five-way tie for sixth place in the standings. Princeton averages 2.52 goals per game and allows 2.95. The Tigers’ power play ranks fifth in the nation converting on 17 of 72 (23.6%). They’ve killed 86 of 100 penalties (86%) to have the 11th-best penalty kill in the nation.
Hobey Baker and All-America candidate Andrew Calof leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points. Sophomore Tyler Maugeri has 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists. Junior Andrew Ammon and senior Michael Sdao both have 12 points, as each has scored six goals and six assists. Senior defender Eric Meland adds 11 points with one goal and 10 helpers. Senior Mike Condon and junior Sean Bonar have split time in goal. Condon is 5-7-3 overall with a .918 save percentage and a 2.62 goals against average. Bonar is 2-3-1 with an .897 save percentage and a 3.29 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/COLGATE SERIES
Colgate leads the all-time series 48-45-6 since it began on Dec. 18, 1935. The Raiders hold a 26-14-2 edge when playing at home. The Tigers have won the last two meetings including a 4-0 win earlier this season. The teams split last year, with Colgate winning 4-1 at home and Princeton winning 6-2 at home. Junior Andrew Calof leads the Tigers in points scored on Colgate with 10 with one goal and nine assists. Senior Rob Kleebaum has four points in five games and has a +5 rating. Senior Mike Condon is 3-0 against Colgate with a .929 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA. Junior Sean Bonar is 0-1 with a 4.20 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is 13-9-4 and is unbeaten in its last four games. The Raiders tied both Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend on the road. With a 5-6-3 record Colgate is tied with Princeton and three others for sixth in the league standings. Colgate averages 3.35 goals per game, the best scoring offense in the league and holds teams to 2.50. The Raiders power play ranks second in the league and fourth nationally at 23.9 percent (27/113). The team’s penalty kill has a rating of 84.2 percent (85/101).
Freshman Tylor Spink leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. Senior Robbie Bourdon has 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists. Rookie Kyle Baun has a team-high 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points. Freshman Tyson Spink and sophomore Joe Wilson add 19 points each. Junior Eric Mihalik is 5-4-1 in goal with a 2.81 GAA and an .894 save percentage. Freshman Spencer Finney is 8-5-3 with a 2.15 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
THE PRINCETON/CORNELL SERIES
Cornell holds a 79-52-8 edge in the series that began during the 1900-01 season. The Big Red has limited Princeton to just 15 wins in Ithaca all-time. The Tigers won 5-3 earlier this season. Last year Cornell won 4-0 at home and tied 3-3 in Princeton. Senior Eric Meland and junior Andrew Calof lead the team with five points against Cornell. Juniors Kevin Ross and Alec Rush have three apiece. Senior Mike Condon is 1-0-1 in net against Cornell, with an .890 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA. Junior Sean Bonar is 1-2 with an .897 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is looking to snap a five-game losing skid as the enter the weekend with an 8-11-2 overall record. With a 4-8-2 league record they are in 11th place in the league standings. The squad averages 2.38 gpg and holds teams to 2.81. Cornell’s power play is 16 for 99 (16.2%) while the penalty kill is last in the league, killing 72 of 94 (76.6%). Cornell leads the league in penalty minutes, averaging 191. PIM/game.
Senior Greg Miller sits atop the scoring column with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Sophomore Joel Lowry has 14 points on eight goals and six assists. Senior John Esposito, sophomore Brian Ferlin, junior Dustin Mowrey and defender Joakim Ryan all have 13 points. Esposito has scored the most goals on the team with nine, while Ryan has the most assists with 12. Junior Andy Iles is Cornell’s lone goaltender to play this season. He has a .906 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA.