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Results: Men’s Hockey Fan Awards

The results for the men’s hockey awards, as voted on by the fans, are in. There were five categories to vote for: Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, Defender of the Year, Unsung Hero and Moment of the Year.

Each category had three nominees. The winners, along with the nominees and percentage of votes each nominee received, are listed below:

Rookie of the Year: Ryan Kuffner (43.5%)
Runner ups: Max Veronneau (29.4%), Josh Teves (27.1%)

Kuffner, Veronneau and Teves were integral parts of the team as rookies. Kuffner and Veronneau combined to form a stellar duo, while Teves was one of the team’s best defenders. Kuffner finished with a team-high 20 points and 15 assists, many of which found his linemate Veronneau.

Player of the Year: Colton Phinney (81%)
Runner ups: Max Veronneau (14.3%) and Ryan Kuffner

Like last season, Phinney was the team’s best player. He finished with a career-high .924 save percentage, which ranks second in program history. Phinney also surpassed the program record for saves in a single season, all while playing through an injury for the last month of the season.

Defender of the Year: Josh Teves (51.2%)
Runner ups: Tommy Davis (24.4%) and Joe Grabowski (24.4%)

Even as a freshman, Teves saw major minutes. The defender added some offense, netting seven points while playing in every game.

Unsung Hero: Ryan Siiro (52.4%)
Runner ups: Eric Robinson (26.2%) and Garrett Skrbich (21.4%)

Siiro, who was named the team’s 2016-17 captain, played on the team’s top checking line. He added some offense too, scoring 10 points – fifth on the team.

Moment of the Year: Colton Phinney breaks program season save record (68.6%)
Runner ups: Princeton sweeps Yale and Brown on the road (26.7%) and Princeton defeats AIC for fifth win of the season

Phinney broke the season save record after missing his only game of the year with an injury. The goaltender finished with 1,058 saves and is close to breaking the program record for saves in a career.

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Ryan Kuffner Named To ECAC All-Rookie Team

Ryan Kuffner

Freshman Ryan Kuffner was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team.

Kuffner finished the season with 20 points, the most on the team. He had five goals and 15 assists as he helped boost Princeton’s offense. It’s the most points by a Princeton freshman since Andrew Calof scored 33 as a freshman in 2010-11.

Kuffner spent the season playing mostly with fellow freshmen Max Veronneau and Alex Riche. Veronneau had 11 goals and six assists this year.

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:

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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.

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.”

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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.”

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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:

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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:

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Princeton at Harvard 1.29.16 Photos

Mike Ambrosia hits the post

Here are photos from Princeton’s 4-1 loss at Harvard on Friday night:

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PU vs. AIC 1.26.16 Photos

Johnny Mueller hits Matt Nelson

Here are photos from Princeton’s 1-0 win over AIC on Tuesday:

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