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Breaking Down Princeton’s First-Half Success And Where It Came From

Hi everyone, I’m back! At least for a little bit as I breakdown Princeton’s surprise success of the first half and how it will translate to the second half. In this piece I will visit two topics – first I will break down the success Princeton is having, where on the scoresheet it is most reflected. Secondly I will break down where that success is coming from.

This doesn’t mean the blog is back for good, but I would like to post some tidbits on it every now and then – especially because I can still pop into Baker from time to time (like I promised I would.)

Anyway, thanks to Princeton’s SID, Kristy, I have a handy breakdown of Princeton’s first quarter of this season vs. the second quarter of the season as well as the first half of this season compared to the first half of head coach Ron Fogarty’s first season.

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Ryan Siiro Named Captain At End of the Year Banquet

Ryan Siiro was named the new captain on Saturday night, while Tommy Davis, Garrett Skrbich and Joe Grabowski were tabbed as alternates.

The year-end banquet also featured five awards. Kyle Rankin won the Vaughan Cup for dedication and perseverance, Grabowski won the Tucker Ironman Award, Siiro the 1941 Championship Trophy, Max Veronneau the Hobey Baker Trophy as the team’s rookie of the year and Colton Phinney the Blackwell Trophy as the team’s MVP.

Princeton also honored its four seniors – Mike Ambrosia, Kevin Liss, Kyle Rankin and Michael Zajac.

Princeton vs. Brown 2.27.16 Photos (Senior Night)

Colton Phinney tries to clear the puck before Tyler Bird's goal

Here are photos from Princeton’s 2-2 tie with Brown last Saturday night, which was also senior night:



Princeton Drops Series To Clarkson With Overtime Loss

Max Veronneau

For the second night in a row, Princeton and Clarkson were going into overtime. But this time it was the Tigers who’d clawed back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the third period, trying to keep their season from ending.

And for the second straight night, James de Haas gave Clarkson the win as the Golden Knights swept the ECAC playoff series.

“When you’re down 2-0 in an elimination game, it’s easy for the team to fold and get ready for the offseason,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “But our guys battled through and competed extremely hard.

“Clarkson rolled four lines and we shortened our bench up in both overtimes. But we had chances. There was no question that our conditioning was there. That enabled our guys to compete for 80 minutes and for 76 on the weekend.”


The Golden Knights struck first, going up 1-0 off a Aaron Thow shot from the blue line after a faceoff win. Simon Bessette made it 2-0 9:41 minutes into the opening frame, converting a feed in the slot from Jeff DiNallo.

Princeton began playing better later in the first period, creating some scoring chances including a Max Veronneau bid. The Tigers opened the second with some more chances, including an attempt at an open net that deflected off a Clarkson player in front.

“The first period [we] came out a little flat on our heels,” Fogarty said. “[In] the second and third period we battled back and had a lot of fight and weren’t going to lay down. It was a great effort by our guys.”

The Tigers finally cut it to 2-1 on a breakaway where Alex Riche fed the puck to Max Veronneau. Ben Foster tied the game 1:59 into the third when a seemingly innocent shot from the blue line went past Clarkson’s Greg Lewis.

“Veronneau and [Ryan] Kuffner played very well,” Fogarty said. “They created opportunities, as well as the Skrbich-Rankin-Siiro line. They had a great chance in overtime. But those five guys played really well.”

Clarkson again had a power play with less than two minutes left in regulation, but the Tigers killed most of it clogged up along the boards with less than a minute left.

The Tigers did clear the puck to a Golden Knight , but Colton Phinney came up with the save. Phinney finished with 44 stops he night.

“He was back to his normal self,” Fogarty said. “Both games he controlled rebounds extremely well, was very quiet in his net, was very composed as well.”

Princeton finished the season without David Hallisey, Max Becker and Matt Nelson back in the lineup. Stuart Pomeroy filled in on offense while Marlon Sabo took Nelson’s spot on the blue line.

Kuffner, Alex Riche, Mike Ambrosia and Joe Grabowski each recorded assists. The helper was Kuffner’s 20th point of the season, and he finished as the team’s leading scorer. Veronneau finished second with 17.

“[When]  your two main scorers are freshmen. [it] speaks volumes of the team accepting them and not jealous or envious of playing time,” Fogarty said. “The upperclassmen want the best for the team so it doesn’t matter who comes in. They want to have a chance to win, so the upperclassmen gave them the opportunities to succeed by welcoming them from Day 1.”


Late Goal Propels Princeton To Tie With Brown

Brown goalPRINCETON, N.J. After playing in so many one-goal games this year, Princeton found itself in a similar situation. Down 2-1 against Brown on Saturday night, on senior night, the Tigers desperately tried to send one past Tim Ernst in the third period.

They came close. They kept coming close.

And this time, for the first time in a long, long time, Princeton tied it.

“[I] just drove the net, got a nice pass from [Eric Robinson] and just like hit off my leg and found its way into the net,” Max Veronneau, who tied the game with seven seconds left said. “It was a pretty lucky goal but we’ll take it.”

The Tigers followed with some chances in overtime, but the teams setttled to a 2-2 tie Saturday night at Baker. Princeton, the 12th seed, will travel to Clarkson next weekend for the first round of the ECAC tournament.


Princeton pulled off the tie despite dressed just 16 skaters and then losing defenseman Matt Nelson to an injury in the middle of the game – dropping Princeton to 15 skaters. To help make up for an already-depleted defense thanks to Quin Pompi’s absence and an ECAC-imposed suspension on Tommy Davis, the Tigers moved Stuart Pomeroy – who’s normally a defenseman but had dressed as a forward – back to the blue line.

“It’s tough to adjust but we have some good, good players who can step in the lineup and play well,” Veronneau said. “[Hayden] Anderson played very well, [Marlon] Sabo played very well. Basically everybody’s had to pick up their game that much [more]. It was a pretty good game with the depleted lineup.”

The Tigers dominated the third frame as they tried to tie the game, a flip from the second period – where Brown was the better team. The Bears finished wtih 19 shots in the period and a number of scoring chances from the slot and near the net.

“Every game’s tough,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “You’re going to get pushed back and it just we were in the game.”

Brown took the 1-0 lead early in the second period thanks to Davey Middleton. Princeton 3:21 responded minutes later with Stuart Pomeroy’s first collegiate goal. But the Tigers gave up the lead on a 5-on-3 power play goal to Tyler Bird late in the frame. The puck bounced over Colton Phinney and into the net to give Brown the 2-1 lead.

“It was [an] unforunate 5-on-3 goal against [that] goes up and over,” Fogarty said. “We were doing a great job systematically, keeping the shots on the outside and [it] was unforuante.”

After tying the game late, the Tigers had a couple of scoring chances in the third, including a 2-on-1 where Kyle Rankin fed Ryan Kuffner, but Tim Ernst came up with the save.

“We had some preatty good looks there at the end, had a great look in overtime,” Fogarty said. “It was great. Guys just stuck with the system. We got back to playing last weekend how we played at Union, RPI and last night was just uncharacteristic. So it was good to see us today, just shows that last night was uncharacteristic.”

The tie snapped a nine-game losing streak for Princeton.

“It was great leadership by [seniors] Kyle [Rankin] and Mike [Ambrosia] throughout the year,” Fogarty said. “We’ve had 14 one-goal losses where we pulled the goal through the year and Mike and Kyle ave kept the team focused. Our goal is to try to win a playoff seris and that was a good effort tonight to bounce back and play 60 full minutes. With a decimated lineup.”

The Tigers outshot the Bears 45 t0 37. Ernst made 43 stops while Phinney finished with 33 saves.

“It feels pretty good. We would’ve liked the win in overtime, we had a few chances but we’ll take the tie for now and hopefully we can build on that for next week in the playoffs.”


Princeton Drops Decision At Clarkson

When the final buzzer sounded on a snowy Friday night in North Country, Princeton men’s hockey fell 5-2 to Clarkson.

While it was Princeton’s fifth-straight loss, the score didn’t represent how well the Tigers played at Cheel Arena.

“I thought we played well,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “[There were] just a couple little breaks and they capitalized on them.

“I’m not upset at how we’re playing, it’s just disheartening that we can’t get a win out of the quality of play that we’re doing.”


The difference was a third-goal third period from Clarkson, which broke a 2-2 tie. The Golden Knights scored all three tallies in less than 10 minutes, while the Tigers failed to score in the frame

“[I hope] it doesn’t become a reoccurring theme here in the third period of getting outscored,” Fogarty said. “We have to make sure that we play better in the third period, not better in the third period, just get a goal in the third period.”

The Tigers were narrowly outshot 30-28 in the loss.

“We played well. We had a lot of chances to score,” Fogarty said. “[We] had great pressure throughout the game in their zone. It was the best we’ve broken the puck out all year and they just had a couple of one-hitters and they scored on them in the third.”

The Tigers struck first, turning a possible Clarkson shorthanded opportunity into a power play goal. Josh Teves picked the puck up at center ice, skated it into Clarkson’s zone and passed the puck to Mike Ambrosia who sent it over to Ryan Kuffner for the first-period tally.

“With everything, even the second goal, we had traffic in front for Veronneau’s goal. That’s the [big] thing,” Fogarty said. “The goalies in the ECAC are so good [that] if you don’t have traffic you’re not going to score.”

Clarkson tied the game late in the first period. Colton Phinney made an initial save but failed to fully cover the puck. It trickled straight to Dylan Gareau who shot it past Phinney.

The Golden Knights made it 2-1 off a Jordan Boucher goal at 11:16 in the second, but the Tigers tied it when Veronneau’s shot bounced off Clarkson netminder Greg Lewis’ skate and into the net.

Phinney, who finished with 25 saves, made some key saves in the third as he tried to keep the score tied.

“He was good,” Fogarty said. “Phinney’s been solid he made some big saves.”

But the game started to slip away early in the third, beginning with a lost faceoff that Clarkson’s Ben Dalpe capitalized on.

“I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but we lost a couple clean draws tonight,” Fogarty said. “It’s still a work a progress I guess. We have to be so good at everything and it’s just a matter of a couple of bad breaks tonight.”

After Dalpe’s goal, Paul Geiger scored midway through the third to make it 4-2. Boucher added his second goal 2:07 minutes later, and Fogarty replaced Phinney with Ben Halford.

“They scored off of a faceoff to make it 3-2. The shot came and the rebound and it bounces to their stick, so you can’t coach that,” Fogarty said. “Our guys were in the right positions. … Our defensive zone coverage was really good throughout the night.

“It just right place, right time they score [and] right place right time us, we miss.”


Princeton Travels To Clarkson, St. Lawrence

Princeton men’s hockey embarks on a two-week road trip, starting with the North Country and a visit to Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The Tigers are on a four-game losing streak, while Clarkson is one of the hottest teams in the ECAC and is on a seven-game unbeaten streak. The Saints are unbeaten in their last four.

The last time these teams faced off, Princeton earned its first ECAC win of the season with a 3-0 shutout of Clarkson. But the night before that, the Tigers  fell to St. Lawrence 5-1.

Leading Clarkson is Sam Vigneault, who has 22 points. Greg Lewis and Steve Perry have both started for the Golden Knights, Lewis has started the last 10 games – propelling Clarkson’s stretch. The netminder holds a .928 save percentage on the season.

Gavin Bayreuther has 20 points for the Saints, who’ve relied on Kyle Hayton in net. Hayton has again been one of the nation’s best goaltenders, and his .938 save percentage is fourth in the country.

For Princeton, the freshmen have accounted for much of the scoring. Rookie Ryan Kuffner has 15 points while Max Veroneau 12. Colton Phinney has started every game for the Tigers and has a .925 save percentage.

Princeton vs. Cornell 2.6.16 Photos

Hayden Anderson and Dwyer Tschantz

Here are photos from Princeton’s 1-0 loss to Cornell on Saturday:



Strong Start Not Enough As Princeton Falls To Colgate

Rankin SkrbichPRINCETON, N.J. – When the puck dropped on Friday night, Princeton jumped on the puck. In just one minute, Alex Riche had scored his first collegiate goal to give Princeton a 1-0 lead over Colgate. By the end of the period, the Tigers were ahead 3-1.

But it didn’t last.

“[It’s like] one of those songs, ‘I’m Henry The VIII I Am.’ Second verse same as the first. We wished [the] third verse was [the] same as the first,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said.

After struggling in the second and third and allowing two goals in the last frame, Princeton fell to Colgate 5-4 at Baker Rink.

“That was an exhausting loss,” Fogarty said. “[We] just played so well, it was a great effort and we just compounded our mistakes in the third. Their skilled players made a great play and then we all tried to recover instead of just continuing to do our job.”


Kevin Lough’s go-ahead goal in the third, where he picked up a rebound and shot it past Colton Phinney, capped off three unanswered goals from the Raiders.

“You’re ging to have a breakdown, just don’t let the second and third happen,” Fogarty said. “[We need to] just recover. Our recovery wasn’t good.”

After Riche gave Princeton a 1-0 lead, Colgate’s Evan Peterson tied the game 5:55 minutes later. But Eric Robinson gave Princeton the lead 11:07 minutes into the period, and Garrett Skrbich then directed the puck in from the slot to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage.

“I just dropped it to Max [Veronneau] and kind of got knocked over and Max shot it and [it] tipped off my stick and somehow found the way into the net,” Riche said.

Scoring slowed down early in the second, but at the 12:26 mark the Spink twins broke the puck out shorthanded. Tyson Spink sent the puck to Tylor Spink, who cut the deficit to 3-2. Just over a minute later, Veronneau converted on a tic-tac-toe play on a 5-on-3 man advantage to return Princeton’s lead to two. Defenseman Joe Grabowski sent the puck to Mike Ambrosia who tossed it to Veronneau for the goal.

“We had some good puck movement and [were] just trying to get pucks to the net,” Ambrosia said. “Because the last few games we struggled to even get shots on the power play. We don’t have to be too cute.

“We just need to find those openings, get guys in front because these goaltenders are great in this league when they see the puck. But if you get guys in front, traffic in front, move them side to side, we have a better chance of scoring. We’re just focusing on making plays, executing our passes and getting pucks on net and hopefully the power play will start turning around because especially in the playoffs special teams seem to decide games.”

After scoring the power play tally, the Tigers found themselves on the penalty kill less than four minutes later. The Raiders, who had been 0-for-3 on the man-advantage earlier in the game, made this one count. After the third-goal second, the Tigers held a 4-3 lead.

But Colgate and the Spink twins struck early in the third, with Tyson Spink tying the game 1:12 minutes into the third. Lough scored 4:07 minutes later. Princeton couldn’t respond and had trouble getting to the net in the third despite generating quality chances in the first two periods. Colgate’s Charlie Finn made 28 saves in the game.

“Finn’s had our number for the last, I guess it’s three years he’s had our number,” Fogarty said. “And we came out, executed, got pucks on the net, got traffic. I thought we did a great job and I think we did a good job of that. When you score four goals you got to have a better result too.”

The Raiders out shot the Tigers 45-32. Colton Phinney made 40 saves on the night, while Ambrosia and Grabowski netted two assists. The loss demoted Princeton to sole possession of 11th in the ECAC, two points behind Colgate and one point ahead of Brown.

“This last month we proved to ourselves that when we do play well 5-on-5, when we do stay out of the box and don’t give other teams odd man chances, that we can play with anyone in the nation,” Ambrosia said. “We played with Quinnipiac a couple periods and so just internally like that we know that if we do play our game for a full 60 minutes that we’ll definitely have a chance to win.

“But we have to do that and that’s what we’ve struggled with and so we’re going to continue to work hard and look forward to tomorrow.”


Princeton at Dartmouth 1.30.16 Photos

Quin Pompi and Kevan Kilistoff

Here are photos from Princeton’s 2-0 loss at Dartmouth on Saturday: