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Princeton Travels To Union, RPI

Max Becker tries to clear the puck

Princeton men’s hockey travels to Union and RPI this weekend as the season begins to wrap up. The Tigers are on a six-game losing streak and haven’t beaten an ECAC opponent since defeating Yale in December. But the Tigers earned ties against both Union and RPI when the teams met in January.

But the Tigers ran into a problem last weekend when starting goaltender Colton Phinney wasn’t dressed due to an injury. There’s no timetable on Phinney’s return, but backup Ben Halford has started just two games in his collegiate career. Phinney has a .922 save percentage while Halford has a .891 save percentage.

With the season coming to an end, the standings are still in flux. The second through eighth place teams are separated by seven points with two weekends left in the season. While the Tigers are eliminated from home ice for the first round, the next two weekends will determine where Princeton plays.

The Dutchmen have one win in their last five games and just two in the last 11 games. Union split its last weekend, beating Dartmouth and falling to Harvard. RPI also split last weekend, earning a win against Harvard that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Union’s Spencer Foo leads the team with 25 points while Mike Vecchione has 24. Alex Sakellaropoulos has a .917 save percentage.

For RPI, Riley Bourbonnais has 21 points and Lou Nanne has 20. The Engineers received a big boost from Jason Kasdorf, who’s been playing like he used to. He holds a .937 save percentage.

Ryan Kuffner is still Princeton’s leading scorer and now has 18 points. The Tiger freshmen have combined for 47 points this season.

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Princeton Falls At St. Lawrence

After stringing together a slew of well-played games and consistent efforts, Princeton men’s hockey once again struggled against St. Lawrence.

“They, St. Lawrence, was obviously the better team here tonight,” Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said.

“It wasn’t a good showing here tonight. We’re going to forget about this one and get ready for Union and RPI.”

The Tigers eventually fell to the Saints 4-1 on Saturday night at Appleton Arena. Ben Halford made his first start of the season, while freshman Austin Shaw entered in relief for his first collegiate appearance.

Colton Phinney, who had started every game this season, wasn’t dressed due to an injury.

“[He has a] nagging injury,” Fogarty said. “He’s been fighting through an injury, it’s time to shut him down.”

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David Hallisey scored Princeton’s lone goal, a tally at the 13:55 mark of the third period. Princeton played better in the last frame, generating a few more chances.

“We’ve been inconsistent in our third periods, we’ve given up leads, we haven’t been winning in the third. So that was our main objective,” Fogarty said. “If we weren’t going to come back, [we tried] just to win at least the third period to get better in that department.”

Halford made 35 saves for Princeton, matching a career high. Freshman Shaw entered a little over halfway through the third and made two saves over the last 9:47 minutes.

“I thought Halford and Shaw played well. Halford had 35 saves and played particularly well,” Fogarty said. “To come in, that was his first start in over a year since Union, and he did pretty well. [He] competed and kept us in there for a while. The shorthanded goal they scored, that hurt to go down 2-0, but he played well throughout.”

St. Lawrence scored 5:26 minutes into the game thanks to Nolan Gluchowski. The Saints made it 2-0 early in the second period, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 shorthanded breakaway when Tommy Thompson scored.

Gavin Bayreuther scored 10 minutes later and Jacob Pritchard followed him just over a minute after to give St. Lawrence a 4-0 lead.

St. Lawrence controlled most of the game, outshooting Princeton 41-19. The Tigers had three good scoring chances early on but struggled to put pucks on net after.

“We had three chances in the first and we didn’t capitalize. Three right off the bat and then they were too far and few in between,” Fogarty said.

“We didn’t make small plays. That didn’t look like the team has been consistent through this year. We played very inconsistently throughout the game. [We] couldn’t make plays.”

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Princeton Falls To US National Team Development Program

PRINCETON, N.J. – Last night, Princeton headed home after a late surge failed against Penn State. But the Tigers couldn’t continue that effort against the U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 team.

“It wasn’t a good effort,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “It was something we haven’t seen since St. Lawrence, what we did tonight.”

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Princeton dropped the game 4-1, with the only goal coming from sophomore David Hallisey in the third period.

“Sometimes it’s a trap game,” Fogarty said. “You’re not playing against an ECAC foe, the mind plays tricks on you. You think you’re playing against high school kids, but they’re pretty damn good hockey players.”

Colton Phinney sat out for the first time this season to get some rest, while underclassmen Ben Halford and Austin Shaw manned the net. Halford played for 45:59 minutes and stopped 13 shots while Shaw made five saves and allowed no goals over a 12:46-minute span.

The Tigers kept it close in the first and found some scoring chances of its own. Alex Riche had one of the team’s best scoring chances early on as he continued playing with fellow freshmen Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner.

“They don’t know any better. Sometimes being naive is great and they’re naive,” Fogarty said. “They don’t know what they’re supposed to do. Just go play hockey. It’s great.”

Things changed in the second, when the Keiffer Bellows scored 24 seconds into the period on the power play. Trent Frederic made it 2-0 1:17 minutes later. Bellows added his second goal in the third, while Keenan Suthers added the empty-net goal.

Princeton will break for the next couple of weeks. The Tigers return to action on Dec. 29 when they host travel partner Quinnipiac.

“I want to keep playing,” Fogarty said. “Maybe it’s good for the guys, but it’s never a good time for a break. We just want to make sure that guys go into break [and] keep the mental part of knowing what their good habits are.”

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Princeton First Official Practice Photo Gallery

Here are photographs from Princeton’s first official practice, held Oct. 9:

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Princeton Finishes 0-2 In Preseason Jamboree

Princeton men’s hockey fell to Brown 5-0 and Yale 2-1 in the preseason scrimmages on Saturday. The two-period contests against the Bears and Bulldogs served as a final tune-up for the Tigers before regular-season play.

Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty said his focus during the day was on the “systemic structure” instead of individual players. He said he will use the video to prepare for the season opener, and to analyze individual player performances.

“We created a lot of scoring opportunities, we just have to bear down in front of the net,” Fogarty said. “Our stamina, work ethic was consistent through both games. Some guys played four periods at a high tempo so that’s another positive.”

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The team was split into two squads. Some players appearing in both games while the freshmen appeared in the first game. Ben Foster scored the team’s lone goal, while Colton Phinney allowed two tallies, Austin Shaw three and Ben Halford two.

Fogarty also said the team fared well defensively.

“We created opportunities on the offensive zone from strong play defensively,” Fogarty said.

“Overall it was great for our team to participate in this. Next year we’re going to host it at Princeton. It’s important to get a couple scrimmages or exhibition games ahead of playing real contests.

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Late Goal Lifts Princeton Over Russian Red Stars

PRINCETON, N.J. – Halfway through the third period, it looked as if Princeton would skate to a 3-3 tie with the Russian Red Stars.

With less than 10 minutes left, assistant captain Mike Ambrosia converted Marlon Sabo’s shot into the game-winning goal.

It was Ambrosia’s third point of the night as the Tigers defeated the Russian Red Stars 4-3 on Saturday afternoon.

“I think it was huge,” Ambrosia said. “I think a win’s a win, no matter if it’s in league play or exhibition.” Continue reading Late Goal Lifts Princeton Over Russian Red Stars

Midseason Awards: Princeton’s Rookie Of The First Half

Princeton welcomed eight freshmen this season, and many of them have seen consistent playing time. Three rookies – Eric Robinson, David Hallisey, Joe Grabowski and Matt Nelson – have played in every game this season.

From the season’s start, Grabowski has been entrusted with a good chunk of minutes, including penalty killing time.

“Joe’s been given a lot of ice time, way ahead of schedule than a freshman should be given,”Princeton  coach Ron Fogarty said. “But he’s delivered and accepted that role, and very versatile as well.” Continue reading Midseason Awards: Princeton’s Rookie Of The First Half