Princeton Resumes Season With Florida College Hockey Classic

Princeton men’s hockey returns to action on Saturday in the 14th annual Florida College Hockey Classic, playing Maine at 4:05 pm.The Tigers (3-12-0) have played in the tournament once in 2009, when they finished third. That was the last time Princeton faced Maine, skating to a 6-6 tie. 

The tournament, founded in 2000 by Florida Everblades president Craig Brush, is hosted by the team at Germain Arena. Princeton alumnus Will MacDonald, who plays for the Everblades, participated in the tournament in 2009.

Craig Brush’s son, Matt, played for Princeton and graduated in 1998. He played for the Everblades in 1998-99.

Tucker Brockett’s 11 points leads Princeton in scoring, while Andrew Ammon’s six goals are a team high. Sean Bonar has appeared in 11 games with a 2-6-0 record, a 3.89 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. Freshman Colton Phinney has played in seven games and recorded one win with a 4.03 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage.

Princeton skated into the midseason break with several players, including Andrew Calof, Ben Foster, Tyler Maugeri and Mike Ambrosia, injured. Defensemen Tommy Davis and Kevin Ross will not play, but coach Bob Prier said the other injured players will be game-time decisions.

Princeton is on a four-game losing streak and last won at Quinnipiac on Nov. 22, while Maine won its last three contests.

The Black Bears (9-6-1) lead the series 5-4-1 all time, but Princeton has never lost to Maine on neutral ice. Maine has won the tournament six times, including the past two years. The Black Bears, who have participated in the tournament every season since its inception, are 15-8-3 at the tournament. 

Sophomore Devin Shore, who leads the Black Bear attack with 19 points, is on a seven-game point streak and has averaged two points per game over that span. Ben Hutton has seven goals, tied for the national lead amongst defensemen. In net, Martin Ouellette is 8-6-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average.

The Black Bears have netted six shorthanded goals, tied for second in the country. They’ve allowed 2.19 goals per game, a total that ranks 10th in the nation.

On Sunday the Tigers will face either New Hampshire or Cornell. UNH and Princeton last met in 2000, with the Wildcats (9-9-1) taking the 6-3 win.

Kevin Goumas and Nick Sorkin have each netted 20 points this season, leading Wildcat scorers. Trevor van Reimsdyk’s 19 points are tied for second nationally in scoring amongst defensemen. Casey DeSmith has started 14 games this season, including the last four, and has a 2.13 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

The Big Red last played on Dec. 7, a 2-2 tie against Colgate, and have won four of their last six games. Cornell has notched nine man-advantage tallies over the last seven contests and hold a 26.9 percent conversion rate, second in the nation.

Linemates John  McCarron and Brian Ferlin lead the Big Red (7-4-2) scoring attack with 15 points each. Joakim Ryan’s 1.08 points per game ranks second nationally amongst defensemen. Andy Iles has started all but two games this season for Cornell, recording 2.39 goals-against average and a.909 save percentage.

Cornell and Princeton faced off in the 2009 Florida College Hockey Classic, when the Tigers recorded a 3-2 consolation game victory. The Big Red won 4-2 in their lone meeting with the Tigers this season.

Editor’s note: This piece was amended to include the fact about Craig Brush’s son, Matt, via Craig Buckser.

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