Here are photos from Princeton’s 4-4 tie with Union on Friday night:
Becker spent a season in the BCHL, where injuries cut into his playing time. As a freshman at Princeton last year, the forward was limited to 10 games because of injuries. And, Becker missed playing time this year because of ailments.
“[I’m] trying to stay healthy. That helps,” Becker said. “Obviously last year I was hurt quite a bit so this year I think just trying to stay on the ice and play my game how I know I can play.”
Becker began the season healthy, over six months after a bad hit in a January exhibition took him out of last year’s season. He played on Oct. 31 and then again at Cornell on Nov. 6, but didn’t play last week.
On Friday’s loss against St. Lawrence, a healthy Becker returned to the lineup. It was just his third game of the season, but he scored his first collegiate goal in the second period.
“Ryan Kuffner just gave me the puck from the slot and I just fired it on Kyle Hayton, who was my goalie at Shattuck and that’s kind of funny,” Becker said. I mean it was a great play by Spence [Kryzcka] and [Kuffner] I was just the beneficiary of some [work] by those guys.”
It was just the second point of Becker’s career, nearly a year after he recorded his first collegiate assist.
“He put himself in some great areas to score. It was a result of Spencer being strong on the puck on the forecheck and Kuffner right there to help him out and at least put us back into the game,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said.
“[He’s] stronger on the puck. He got banged up [in] one of the last games and now he’s healthy again so [he] just took advantage of an opportunity of a chance and cashed in.”
His mother and one of his sisters attended Friday’s game and saw Becker’s first goal, Princeton’s only tally of the night.
“[The puck will] probably just go back to my room … I don’t know it’ll eventually make [its way] back to California,” Becker said.
PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton found the start they wanted against St. Lawrence. The Tigers dominated the opening minutes.
“We came out, we had a great start,” forward Max Becker said. “We didn’t have such a great start last wee,k so we preached that in practice this week, just taking our warm up as our first period. We tried coming out hot and I think we did that.”
The Tigers outshot the Saints 17-9 in the first frame.
“You execute the game plan set froth from Monday, and the first four shifts, you can’t ask for anything more besides a goal,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “We were on top of them, kept the puck in [and] they had to chip it out. … The first four shifts and even the eighth shifts were, if you clipped them, you looked back, it’s exactly what you want the next game.”
Despite Princeton’s dominance, the Saints were the ones who struck first when Ryan Lough put one past Colton Phinney. Lough’s goal, and a two-goal second period, was almost all St. Lawrence needed to defeat Princeton 5-1 on Friday night at Baker Rink.
“We outshoot them 17-9 in the first we had some great chances, and they scored on three of the first five odd-man rushes to go up 3-0,” Fogarty said. “That’s a big thing, they capitalized on that. And then we had a couple opportunities and we just didn’t score.”
The Tigers still outshot the Saints 42-40 and created some quality scoring chances in the later frames, but struggled to score.
“We haven’t had that great bounce,” Fogarty said. “We put ourselves in spots for great bounces. And patience is the lost virtue for everybody. [We] have to remain patient and keep going. … It’s waves, it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon. If you keep doing things well, it will come.”
Princeton’s only goal of the game came from Max Becker in the second period, his first collegiate goal. Becker converted a pass from freshman Spencer Kryczka for the tally. Becker’s goal cut the deficit to 3-1.
“He put himself in some great areas to score,” Fogarty said. “[It] was a result of Spencer being strong on the puck on the forecheck and Kuffner right there to help him out and at least put us back into the game.”
After Becker’s goal, St. Lawrence responded with two tallies in the third. Colton Phinney made 29 saves for the Tigers, while Ben Halford made six saves and allowed a goal as a replacement late in the third.
Princeton is now winless in ECAC play and occupies the league’s last spot. The improvement has been evident, but the Tigers haven’t won since Oct. 31.
“You got to stay the course. We knew coming in it’s going to be three-to-four years,” Fogarty said.
“You have to look at the finer details within the game to see if you are progressing and we are. And it’s human nature for the quick fix and you have to keep building the foundation.”
Princeton will host Clarkson on Saturday night, its last regular-season game at Baker Rink until Dec. 29.
“[We have to] score one more goal than they do,” Fogarty said. “Same start. It’s going to come.”
Here are photos from Princeton’s 3-1 win over Maine on Saturday:
Eye on the Tigers is counting down to the season by featuring a player a day. Since there are eight days until the season starts, today we’re featuring forward Max Becker .
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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.
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PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second game in a row, Princeton came close to tying the game in the third.
But for the second game in a row, it was too late.
“It sucks, to be honest,” defenseman Tommy Davis said. “Especially since this team, we’ve been making a lot of strides recently.” Continue reading Late Comeback Falls Short Again As Tigers Fall To Crimson