Recruit Roundup

Most of Princeton’s recruits are in the middle of their postseasons. Merritt and Josh Teves were eliminated, but Camrose, Kingston, Gloucester and Cobourg are still in the playoffs.

Derek Topatigh also committed to Princeton last week.

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Recruit Roundup

The playoffs have started for several Princeton recruits, and Alex Riche and Colin Tonge have already moved on to the second round.

Josh Melnick still leads the USHL in assists, and the Phantoms are on a 12-game winning streak.

Here’s more on how the recruits fared this week:


The Merritt Centennials were swept by the Vernon Vipers in the first round of the playoffs. Josh Teves finished the postseason with two assists


Gloucester fell 6-4 in its regular-season finale. Max Veronneau recorded an assist and Joey Fallon scored a goal. Ryan Kuffner has missed the last few games.

The Rangers started their playoff series with Kemptville, and Fallon recorded four points (2g, 2a) and Max Veronneau added a goal.

Here’s a video of one of Fallon’s goals:


Cobourg and Kingston swept their first-round series. Alex Riche recorded one goal and three assists in the series win over Whitby, while Colin Tonge netted one goal for Kingston.


Austin Shaw started all three games over the past week. On Tuesday, Shaw made 25 saves in a 7-4 win. He stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 3-1 win over Wenatchee on Friday and played 11:05 minutes in Saturday’s win.


Josh Melnick recorded two points (1g, 1a) in Friday’s 7-3 win and added an assist on Saturday. Melnick is fifth in scoring in the USHL and is on a 10-game points streak with 20 points (4g, 16a) over that stretch.

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Princeton Ends Season With Shutout Loss To Dartmouth

One night after giving up the game-winning goal, Princeton returned to Thompson Arena for a do-or-die Game 2. Rebounding from the heartbreak, Princeton turned in a good first period.

It was an overall good effort from the Tigers, but not enough to keep Dartmouth from winning the game and the series 2-0.

The loss marked the ninth time this season Princeton was shut out, and the Tigers were winless on the road. Despite the two losses in the ECAC opening round, the improvement in Princeton was visible over the weekend.


“I thought the weekend was really good hockey, and for a 12 to 5 [seed] matchup I thought it was great,” Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said. “Both games were really close and great opportunities all throughout both 60 minutes.” Continue reading Princeton Ends Season With Shutout Loss To Dartmouth

Late Dartmouth Goal Sends Princeton To Game 1 Loss

In the third period, Princeton was pressing. They found chance after chance, and Dartmouth barely kept the puck out of the net. With time expiring and overtime looming, Brandon McNally took the puck and skated around the net, causing Colton Phinney to fall to the ice.

McNally waited, but fed the puck to Eric Neiley, who gave Dartmouth the 3-2 lead with 1:27 minutes left.

“Heartbreaking,” Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said of the loss.

Princeton pulled Colton Phinney, who finished with 23 saves, with less than a minute left. But the Tigers couldn’t tie it, and left Thompson Arena down 0-1 in the first-round series.

“But you have to win two games,” Fogarty said. “It’s a two out of three series, so if you win or lose your emotions have to be suppressed and start preparing for tomorrow’s game immediately.”

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Princeton Travels To Dartmouth For ECAC Playoffs

Princeton men’s hockey will travel to Dartmouth for the first round of the ECAC tournament. The first two games will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and the third game – if necessary – will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday

The Tigers (4-21-3, 2-18-2 ECAC) are the No. 12 seed, while the Big Green (15-10-4, 12-8-2 ECAC) are the fifth. If Princeton wins, they will face Quinnipiac – the No. 1 seed in the league. But the Tigers are on a four-game losing streak, while Dartmouth has won two in a row, including a 3-1 victory over Princeton last Friday.

“Aside from the first, we all we agreed we played a good game,” assistant captain Mike Ambrosia said. “[In] the second and third period we did a lot better. I think they only had a couple shots in the third period, so that’s what we wanted to do.” Continue reading Princeton Travels To Dartmouth For ECAC Playoffs

Princeton Players Enjoy Dartmouth’s Tennis Ball Tradition

When Carl Hesler gave Dartmouth the 1-0 lead last Friday, fans sent tennis balls to the ice. The game paused as the tennis balls were cleared off the ice, another piece of the Princeton-Dartmouth tradition in Hanover, N.H.

“[It’s] pretty cool. But other than that we want to make sure that they don’t score many goals on us and we want to score before they do,” junior Mike Ambrosia said.

“It stops the play and gets everybody out of their rhythm. It’s a tradition and things you’re going to remember, but hopefully they don’t score any goals.” Continue reading Princeton Players Enjoy Dartmouth’s Tennis Ball Tradition

Midterms Not A Playoff Distraction For Princeton

Princeton’s assistant captains walked up the stairs at Baker Rink, backpacks on hand as they prepared to leave.

For the Tigers, it was an early practice preparing for Dartmouth just one day before the trip to Hanover, N.H. While the first-round series is approaching, so are midterms – which will take place at Princeton next week.

“Sometimes it’s a little tougher, some guys have tougher schedules than others, so it just depends,” senior Aaron Ave said. “But everyone’s pretty good at time management, that’s why they’re here. You just kind of have to get in the studying when you can.”

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