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.