PRINCETON, N.J. (12/25/13) - After a three-week hiatus he Princeton men's hockey team returns to action this weekend, Dec. 28 & 29 at the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla. The Tigers take on Maine in the first game on Saturday at 4:05 p.m., and will face either New Hampshire or Cornell on Sunday.
Princeton returns to Florida for its second invitation to the Florida College Hockey Classic. The Tigers competed during the 2009-10, finishing third after a 6-6 tie with Maine in Game 1 and a 3-2 win over Cornell in Game 2. Taylor Fedun ’11, now a member of the Edmonton Oilers organization was named to the All-Tournament Team.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is looking to turn things around as it begins the second portion of its schedule this weekend. With three weeks of break, the Tigers look to get some injured players recovered and back in the line-up.
Junior Tucker Brockett sits atop the scoring column with 11 points on two goals and a team-high nine assists. Senior Andrew Ammon has a team-best six goals and chips in two helpers for eight points. Sophomore Jonathan Liau also has eight points in 12 games. Senior Jack Berger and junior Aaron Kesselman have seven points apiece. Senior Sean Bonar has played in 11 games and has a 2-6 record with an .877 save percentage and a 3.89 goals against average. Freshman Colton Phinney is 1-6 in his seven games and owns an .876 save percentage and a 4.03 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/MAINE SERIES
Maine leads the all-time series by one game, 5-4-1. The teams last met in 2009 at this same tournament, skating to a 6-6 tie. The Tigers are undefeated when playing the Bears on neutral ice, with the tie in 2009 and a 7-4 win in the first meeting in Portland, Maine in 1978. Of the 10 meetings between the teams, half have been in tournaments.
SCOUTING THE BLACK BEARS
Maine is 9-6-1 on the season and receiving votes in both national polls. The teams has won its last three games, most recently a pair against American International on Dec. 13 & 14. The Black Bears average 3.44 goals per game and allow 2.19. The power play converts 20.3% (16/79) while the penalty kill has done its job 84.4% of the time (54/64).
Maine is led by sophomore Devin Shore, who has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Ben Hutton and Connor Leen both have 14 points. Hutton has seven goals and assists, while Leen has 11 assists and three goals. Mark Anthoine has six goals and seven assists for 13 points. Blaine Byron, Cam Brown and Steven Swavely are also in double digits in scoring. Senior Martin Ouellette has played in all but one game in goal. He is 8-6-1 with a 2.06 GAA and a .929 save percentage.