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Alumni Update

Andrew Ammon and  Desmond BerginKyle Rankin signed with the Brampton Beast just a few days after Princeton’s season ended, making him the first player turned pro from the class of 2016. Rankin has played in three games with Brampton so far.

Some other Tiger alums have changed teams in the offseason or during the season:

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Andrew Ammon spent most of his time last season in the ECHL with South Carolina, Providence’s affiliate. After spending the first season without a team, Ammon joined the Reading Royals and played in six games. Now Ammon is with the Wheeling Nailers.

Former goaltender Sean Bonar has spent his season with four different teams – the Fort Wayne Komets, Wichita Thunder. Brampton Beast of the ECHL and now the Fayetteville FireAntz of the SPHL. Over 13 games with the FireAntz, Bonar has a .913 save percentage.

Taylor Fedun has spent 47 games with Utica, registering 23 points. In his one NHL game this season, Fedun scored a goal.

Kyle Hagel has played in 61 games with Charlotte, where he has eight points. Marc has spent 40 games with the Iowa Wild and has 12 points.

Former Princeton captain Mike Moore is with Hershey this year, where he has nine points in 41 games. It’s his second season with the Bears.

Another previous captain, Darroll Powe has  played in 43 games for Lehigh Valley this year with 13 points.

Zane Kalemba has spent the season with the Manchester Storm of the EIHL where he has a .890 save percentage over 59 games.

Kevin Westgarth is now a member of the NHL office, The Hockey News reported. He is the Vice President of Business Development and International Affairs.

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Blog: Postseason Practice (News And Notes)

Behind The Blue Line

With the regular season over, I stopped by practice on Wednesday to catch up with the co-captains, coach Ron Fogarty and a couple other players. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but there’s a lot I was asking about (like faceoffs and the power play).

But before I go there, I have to say if Princeton is going to beat anyone in the playoffs this year, it would be Clarkson. If the Tigers play well, especially on the defensive end, they have a chance of at least taking one game. But there’s very little margin for error defensively. Having a healthy Colton Phinney should really help though, as he was playing hurt during their trip to North Country a few weeks ago.

The tie against Brown was really big. You could feel the sense of relief that, after so many times down one goal with Phinney pulled, Princeton finally got the game-tying goal. It also marked just the second time since the 5-4 loss to Colgate when Princeton scored more than a goal in a game.

With the playoffs starting today, here’s a quick rundown of some key news, notes and quotes heading into tonight’s matchup at Cheel Arena:

• Princeton’s power play is still struggling

The Tigers have one of the worst power plays, converting 12.3 percent of their chances. It’s something the Tigers have also been working on in practice.

“There’s two things with the power play that you need,” Fogarty said. “You need productivity and we’ve been at 11 percent. I think it’s not that good. But the biggest thing that we need to do is get shots and generate some momentum against their top defensemen and their top defensive forwards. You don’t have to score, but you have to get some momentum off of the two-minute power play.

“That’s our goal as well too, to create more shots. We’re averaging like a half a shot a power play, which is horrific. We have to try to get three or four shots each power play just to create that momentum and force the goaltender to make saves.”

• And about those faceoffs…

Faceoffs, or the inability to win them, hinder power plays. It’s really tough – and I’ve seen this with Princeton – to establish zone time on the power play when you’re losing the faceoff, the puck gets cleared and you have to spend that time regrouping.

“It’s everything. I think with faceoffs, when you’re running at one-third of the time getting it, 52 percent, 53 percent in the national hockey league is great so what’s 32 percent in college hockey?” Fogarty said. “It’s awful. The one area we’re doing a better job is using more of a line faceoff. The two wingers are helping out more because of our inability to win faceoffs center vs. center, so they’re doing a better job to help it out.”

The Tigers have a nation-worst 40.8 faceoff winning percentage. On the team, Ben Foster and Garrett Skrbich have taken the most faceoffs. Foster has won 41.7 percent and Skrbich has won 40 percent.

“It’s awful. Our faceoffs probably the worst in the league and that’s been one of our attention to detail this week in practice and moving forward this week,” Fogarty said. That’s so important to get that first possession off of a faceoff and put people in a set position. That has to improve. We are bad.”

• Colton Phinney being healthy is huge

Phinney wasn’t playing his best hockey in February, which made sense after we found out how hurt he was and how much it limited him in practices. Fogarty said that one game he sat, which was a loss at St. Lawrence, helped him heal. So Phinney was still hurt when the Tigers fell at Clarkson. And he’s looked a lot better since that game off.

While we’re on the subject of Phinney, he’s 29 saves away from reaching 1,000 for the season.

• Hayden Anderson back in the lineup

Anderson has played a lot the second half of the season. He’s missed just two games since January, filling in on a defense missing Kevin Liss. Anderson’s role is especially important now, since there’s no update on Matt Nelson’s condition yet. He left Saturday’s game with an injury, forcing reserve Stuart Pomeroy (who played as a forward in that game) to return to defense. Granted, blueliner Tommy Davis was missing because of a suspension, but Nelson’s absences would leave the defense shorthanded.

Anderson has played in the last four games, and was playing for both games against Clarkson this year.

“He knows his limitations,” Fogarty said. “He’s a defenseman that knows what he can do with and without the puck and does it a hundred percent of the time with stuff that he does well. He moves it quickly he doesn’t try to beat someone one on one, Hayden looks for the open man quickly … and distributes it effectively. He’s been very consistent for us.”

• All the close games

The Tigers have played in 14 one-goal losses (not including opponent empty net goals.)

“Our guys have stayed with it throughout the year, have competed for 60 minutes so that’s the big thing,” Fogarty said. “It’s easy to cut corners, it’s easy to formulate a different game plan because things aren’t working. I’ve said we’ve had 14 losses by one goal where we pulled the goalie, that’s by far better than the five we had last year.

“We’re in more of the games and there’s where sometimes you get frustrated as a player because you see how close you are and you’re not getting over the hump. Bt it’s been great improvement throughout the course of time over the year and hopefully we can break through.

• Struggling offense

As mentioned above, the Tigers have just seven goals over the last seven games.

“We need to score goals. Besides the Colgate game we’re nine goals in the past nine games so we have to get back on the scoresheet,” Fogarty said. “Winning faceoff, taking shots can help that out.”

• Close to home

Senior co-captain Kyle Rankin is excited to go back to Clarkson.

“I really enjoy playing up there,” Rankin said. “It’s close to home, it’s a good atmosphere. You’re right we do have that playoff experience there. We also know what it’s like to be up one game in a series there. If we find ourselves in a similar situation this time we know the importance of Game 2 and closing things out.”

• The last time…

Rankin talked about being up in the series. That was thanks to an overtime goal from Andrew Ammon in 2014, a senior back then.

• Alex Riche coming into his own

At one point, the forward was taken off the all-freshman line. Fogarty wanted him to be more of his own player and take control of things. Now Riche is back with Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau.

“He had two great scoring chances there against Brown,” Fogarty said. “Yeah he’s taken ownership of that line more. Obviously his number’s don’t support that but his effort is much better the second half and better the last quarter.”

• Closing notes…

If Princeton is healthy, or at least somewhat healthy (Matt Nelson being back would help), the Tigers can win. They don’t have a great record of winning at Cheel Arena in the playoffs, but I think this team has a stronger foundation than the one that took a game from Clarkson two years ago.

 

Darroll Powe Joins Phantoms And Other Princeton Signings

Former Princeton men’s hockey player Darroll Powe signed with the Phantoms of the AHL, the team announced Wednesday.

Powe spent several seasons with the Phantoms after graduating from Princeton in 2007.  Powe made his NHL debut in 2008-09 with the Flyers, where he played until moving to Minnesota in 2011-12. Continue reading Darroll Powe Joins Phantoms And Other Princeton Signings

Andrew Ammon’s Overtime Goal Leads Princeton To ECAC Tournament Win Over Clarkson

Just past the halfway mark in overtime, Jonathan Liau was playing on Princeton’s defense.

“We needed a little bit of help back there,” coach Bob Prier said. “There were some guys that were battling and playing through and logging a lot of ice time so Johnny was actually playing D in a shift in overtime.”

Liau collected the puck at the point before sending it over to Andrew Calof, who passed it along to Andrew Ammon.

Ammon roofed it past Clarkson’s Greg Lewis. Continue reading Andrew Ammon’s Overtime Goal Leads Princeton To ECAC Tournament Win Over Clarkson

Princeton Travels To Clarkson For First Round Of The ECAC Tournament

Princeton men’s hockey will travel to Clarkson this weekend for the first round of the ECAC Tournament.

The best-of-three series will take place on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. If necessary, the teams will face off on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Tigers (5-24-0, 4-18-0 ECAC) just came back from a trip to the North Country, where they fell to St. Lawrence 5-0 and Clarkson 3-1. Princeton has lost five games in a row to the Golden Knights (18-14-4, 11-9-2 ECAC). Continue reading Princeton Travels To Clarkson For First Round Of The ECAC Tournament

Seniors Reflect in Last Night At Baker Rink

After the senior night festivities, Sean Bonar walked onto the bench and down the stairs. Before walking down the tunnel, he placed his hand on the arc that says “Princeton Hockey.”

Bonar sighed as his hand rested there for a minute. He then walked into the tunnel and to the locker room. Continue reading Seniors Reflect in Last Night At Baker Rink