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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.


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 Drops Double Overtime Game To Clarkson

Phinney saveOn Friday night, the game was Princeton’s to lose. The Tigers had jumped out with one of their best games of the season and held a 2-0 lead over Clarkson, ready to take a 1-0 advantage in the playoff series.


But with 8:44 minutes left in the third, a series of penalties and special team losses forced the Tigers back.

First, Spencer Kryczka took a five-minute major for boarding, allowing the Golden Knights to cut the deficit to 2-1 on the major penalty. The Tigers followed with a too many men on the ice penalty with 1:46 minutes left.

Clarkson pulled its goaltender for the power play, and Sam Vigneault tied it on the 6-on-4 with 22 seconds left.

After one scoreless overtime, the Golden Knights took possession to start the second. They had a couple chances early, including a shot that rang off the post. But a few seconds later, James De Haas scored to give Clarkson the 3-2 overtime win.

“Awesome,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said of the Princeton’s play. “Great effort, great execution. [We] just lost the special teams.”


The Tigers played well in the loss. Princeton controlled play in the first period and jumped ahead 5:35 into the game on an Alex Riche goal. In the second, Ryan Siiro made it 2-0.

“The Siiro goal was big to get us up 2-0,” Fogarty said. “They saw a lot of minutes and did a good job on the penalty kill for the most part on the five minute [major].”

Clarkson played better in the second and ultimately outshot the Tigers 46-31, including 13 shots in the third and 12 in the first overtime. The Golden Knights – especially late in the game – forced Colton Phinney to make some difficult saves.

“I think everybody fared great. It was a great hockey game,” Fogarty said. “Like I said, we just lost special teams. And we played well for a road game, really well for a road game.”

Despite giving up two goals on the penalty kill late in the third, the Tigers continued playing well into overtime. The teams exchanged chances in the first overtime period.

“We had chances in the overtime, but until the final buzzer goes for the game, our guys competed extremely well,” Fogarty said.

Phinney finished with 43 saves on the night and passed the 1,000 mark for saves this season. On the other end, Greg Lewis made 29 saves for Clarkson.

Quin Pompi netted two assists for the Tigers, who took the ice without forwards David Hallisey, Max Becker or defenseman Matt Nelson. Stuart Pomeroy filled in on offense while Marlon Sabo took Nelson’s spot on defense. Fogarty said Nelson is day-to-day.

With the loss, Princeton faces a must-win Game 2 on Saturday night.

“It’s not over. You [have] to win two games,” Fogarty said. “Refocus. Our guys have been down before and it’s been a tough season, but they’ve always responded with great effort and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”


Princeton’s Siiro-Skrbich-Rankin Line Will Be “The Difference”

Kyle Rankin reacts to Garrett Skrbich's goal

After practice on Wednesday ended, Ryan Siiro was the only player left on the ice. Coach Ron Fogarty was there with him, passing pucks from the corner to the slot, where Siiro tried shooting them into this net.

Scoring this weekend will be important for Siiro’s line if the Tigers want to defeat Clarkson.

“That line will be the difference,” Fogarty said. “If they’re playing to what they can do and they can produce, we’ll have a pretty good shot.”

Siiro and his linemates Kyle Rankin and Garrett Skrbich form one of Princeton’s most reliable, defensive lines. They account for almost one-third of the Princeton players who’ve skated in every game this season. And lately, Fogarty has been playing the trio against opposing teams top lines when he can get the matchup.

“You need guys to play consistently, get pucks in, get pucks out, get pucks on net, play defense, penalty kill roles, all the little things on the ice that kind of add up throughout the game,” Skrbich said. “You have to try to lead by example and try to just make all the little plays correctly.”


The Siiro-Skrbich-Rankin line has been Princeton’s shutdown line. Of all the Tigers who appeared in more than 15 games and Rankin, Skrbich and Siiro do have the team’s highest plus-minus ratings with minus-3, minus-4, minus-5, respectively.

And they’ve done it against the top lines in the ECAC.

“Recently we’ve been trying to shut down the other team’s top line while producing. A lot of times that is us in the offensive zone not letting them play offense, “ Siiro said.

“It comes from working together as a line, a lot of low play, a lot of hard work. You won’t see our line making too many dipsy-doodle plays. [We get] the puck to the net and grinding it out in front which has been nice. [We] also have two guys low and one guy high to reload and keep the pressure on.”

They’re not the team’s highest scorers – that goes to the freshmen Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau – but Siiro, Rankin and Skrbich have contributed 23 points. The line was instrumental in the sweep of Yale and Brown in December, when Siiro had a goal against Brown and two points again Yale – including the game-inning goal. Skrbich had a goal against Yale and the game-winning goal against Brown, while Rankin had two assists against Brown.

“Those three have probably been the best improvements since day one, those three guys collectively as a line,” Fogarty said. “They know where each other are on the ice, they trust each other to do their jobs so the other guy can pay attention to the play away from the puck.”

The season started with just Siiro and Skrbich skating together, but Rankin joined the pair Nov. 20 against St. Lawrence. The three have played together in every game since, except the 4-3 loss to Holy Cross.

“We just have a lot of chemistry together,” Skrbich said. “They’re both great hardworking guys. We really seem to know where each other are on the ice and we’ve just got the line feeling you get with some guys.”

Fogarty said the line’s biggest improvement comes from their play down low.

“Ryan Siiro’s a big strong player and now he’s moving his feet when he gets the puck,” Fogarty said. “Before he was trying to use leverage to get to the net, but [now] he’s moving his feet. Skrbich’s faceoffs have improved and Kyle Rankin’s very consistent and he’s brought his game up to a different level.”

Skrbich has six points this season, a new career high. The Minnesota native has seen an increased role over the last two years after playing in 10 games as a freshman. He’s also taken the most faceoffs on the team and holds a .400 faceoff percentage.

“The role on the team is very consistent player and I think having a lot of young guys on the team we need to work on our consistency,” Skrbich said. “As a team, that’s one of our most vital things and when we’ve won games we’ve played very consistently so I think that’s something I’ve worked on.”

His classmate, Siiro has been in the lineup regularly since his rookie year. While the junior is three points off his career point mark, set last season, he’s been playing better.

“My biggest improvement is just knowing my limitations and knowing what I can do personally,” Siiro said. “[I’m] just trying to get better at what I’m good at, getting better at what I’m not good at and trying to become an all-around good player.”

The line has had its scoring chances but hasn’t registered a point since Sirro’s goal at Union on Feb. 19. Rankin and Skrbich haven’t scored since Feb. 5 at Colgate and the Tigers have scored seven goals in the last seven games since that loss to Colgate.

“I really enjoy playing with them,” Rankin said. “They both work so hard and they’re very smart on the ice. They always make good decisions with the puck. I do feel a lot of games we’ve had a lot of good chances. If you look at the shots on net we’re generating and the responsibility for 200 feet of ice, I’m really happy with a lot of things we’ve done.

“Come playoff time everyone’s got to step up. The team’s going to need some goals from us in the playoffs and we know that and we’re ready to contribute.”


Princeton Falls At Union

After being shut down for one game last weekend, netminder Colton Phinney returned to action on Friday night. He made 34 saves, seamlessly returning to ECAC action.

“He was excellent,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “He looked more flexible and I think the day of rest, we should probably [have done] it sooner. He was a little banged up. But he looked great tonight. He had a solid game.”

Phinney’s stops, which brought him very close to breaking Princeton’s single-season save record, limited Union to two goals. But it wasn’t enough as the Tigers struggled to score, falling 2-1 at Union.

“I think we matched their pace. It was a senior night for them and a whiteout and we the place was rocking and we matched and countered their intensity with three great scoring chances in the first five minutes,” Fogarty said. o you

“So you score a couple of those and the whole dynamic of the game changes.”


Union scored first, with Eli Lichtenwald converting on the power play late in the first period. Ryan Siiro scored in the second, tying the game early in the frame. But the Dutchmen responded a minute later thanks to Nick DeSimone.

“I thought it was just an overall team effort,” Fogarty said. “I thought we played well. We just have to bear down on the chances. We had some great looks at it and just missed and we have to continue to give ourselves the opportunity to have those opportunities.

“It was a great bounceback game from a poor performance up at St Lawrence.”

It marked the second game in a row where the Tigers failed to score more than one goal. And while Princeton’s overall offense has improved from last year, it’s struggled lately.

“I thought we had three great chances to score in the beginning and just didn’t capitalize on a breakaway then a great backdoor feed,” Fogarty said. “That changed the whole game. I thought our special teams played well, we got a tying power play goal. We had chances of scoring just didn’t capitalize.”

Princeton’s lone goal was a power play tally, giving the Tigers one goal in four chances. The Tigers limited Union to one goal on four power play chances.

“[We need to] score those goals,” Fogarty said. “They’re going to become few and far between, [the] goal scoring opportunities, so you got to bear down and make sure the puck goes into the back of the net.”


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:



Princeton Drops Close Contest To Quinnipiac

Just one night after suffering a 6-0 loss at the hands of Quinnipiac, Princeton was determined to be a better team. And they were, turning in a solid, opening-frame performance that saw the Tigers end the first with a 3-1 lead.

But the Bobcats settled down in the latter frames, scoring three times in the second to eventually win the game 4-3.

Josh Teves scored his first collegiate goal, a power play tally, late in the first period. Max Veronneau and Ryan Siiro also scored for the Tigers, who are now winless in their last three. Colton Phinney made 38 saves in the loss.

Tim Clifton gave the Bobcats the 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the first, before Siiro tied the game 4:50 minutes later. Sam Anasa, Landon Smith and Derek Smith also scored for the Bobcats, while Michael Garteig made 17 saves.

Princeton Falls To Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Penn – In the third period, Colton Phinney stood in front of the Roar Zone’s sign stating “Guy likes us better.” While Princeton was down 4-0 against its former coach, Phinney wasn’t phased in the last frame. He gave up zero goals – allowing Princeton to return to form.

“We knew coach [Guy] Gadowsky would have his team flying high there,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “They came out, threw a lot of pucks on net. Obviously [the] word’s out on Colton Phinney, [you] need traffic and players around him to get it by him. Colton fought hard.”

In that period, the Tigers fought back from a 4-0 deficit to bring the score to 4-3. The Tigers eventually fell to the Nittany Lions 6-3 thanks to a couple of empty net goals.

“It was a great comeback by us in the third period, we started executing on what we needed to do,” Fogarty said.


From puck drop, Penn State overpowered the Tigers. It took Tommy Olczyk less than five minutes to give the Nittany Lions a lead, which became a 2-0 advantage before first intermission. While Princeton earned some chances in the first and more in the second, they couldn’t score.

But things changed quietly in the third period, when Eric Robinson’s shot trickled past Penn State’s Matthew Skoff. Fans looked around confused, waiting to see if the puck was in the net. And after it slowly rolled in, Robinson celebrated.

And 1:32 minutes later, Ryan Siiro’s shot did the same. Less than two minutes later, Robinson added his second goal of the game – turning a 4-0 deficit into a 4-3 game within 3:17.


“[I] was really proud of our guys in the third period. That’s all you can you ask,” Fogarty said. “We were down four nothing, [then we were] getting back to what’s making [us] successful. Our guys did a great job of executing [and] gave us a chance to win. That’s been our motto since day one. Give ourselves an opportunity to win a game. And we did that in the third.”

Princeton pulled Colton Phinney late in the game, but Olczyk scored an empty-net goal for his first collegiate hat trick. Curtis Loik added another empty netter 35 seconds later. Chase Berger, younger brother of former Princeton captain Jack, also scored, as did Penn State captain David Glen.

The Tigers allowed two goals on the penalty kill for the first time all season and were unable to score on the power play. That included a five-minute major power play after Kenn Brooks earned a game misconduct for checking from behind.

Phinney made 39 saves in the loss while Penn State’s Matthew Skoff made 22 stops for the win.

“Matthew Skoff played an outstanding game. [He] made three great saves, they’re outstanding saves. He was one of the reasons why we couldn’t sustain any momentum. I thought he played a heck of the game,” Fogarty said.

“Skoff made some great saves when we had some sustained pressure to nullify any opportunities. We could’ve made it 2-1, [he] made a great diving save.”


Princeton Defeats Yale, Sweeps The Weekend

For the second-straight night, Princeton found itself tied 2-2 in the third after relinquishing a two-goal lead. And for the second-straight night, Princeton earned the win.

“You want those tangible results,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said. “You put a string together of three straight ECAC wins, the guys get more confident and it’s easier to come to the rink and makes it easier to continue to learn.

With less than four minutes left, Siiro powered the puck past several defenders to give Princeton the permanent lead en route to a 4-2 win. It marked the first time since March 3, 2012. With the win, Princeton swept the weekend – marking the first time since February 2013 the Tigers accomplished the feat.

“It was huge,” Fogarty said. “It’s the first time we swept Brown-Yale since 07-08.”


Siiro finished the game with two points, including an assist on Garrett Skrbich’s game-opening goal.

“[They’re] predictable to each other,” Fogarty said. “The players know where they’re going to be in our structure so they can jump on pucks. Siiro’s goal tonight was a fantastic goal and a great response to Yale tying it up on the power play.”

Skrbich’s goal came less than five minutes into the game, and freshman Spencer Kryczka struck 10 seconds later for his first collegiate tally.

“It was awesome,” Kryczka said. “A big weight lifted off my back. I’m not 100 percent a scorer by any means, but it’s always nice to get the first one out of the way.”

After a scoreless second, Yale scored both its goals in a 2:06 minute span in the third period. John Hayden tied the game on a power play, the only man-advantage tally Princeton allowed on the night.

“We’re playing consistent and we’re playing against good teams and we know they’re going to score goals with opportunities,” Fogarty said. “We just stayed the course and became predictable to each other with our systems and our structure.”

Princeton, which killed off three penalties, has the nation’s fifth-best penalty kill.

“Our PK’s been awesome all year,” Kryczka said. “We [had] four forwards up front that are doing a heck of a job killing and we got all our D working and blocking shots and that’s a big thing. Everyone’s just buying in, so that helps on the PK when everyone’s on the same page.”

Yale outshot Princeton 39-31, and Colton Phinney finished with 37 saves in his 12th career win. He made 10 stops in the third period.

“I just want to stay calm and try to not give up any rebounds and just be confident out there, but the mindset doesn’t really change,” Phinney said.

Princeton, which travels to Penn State next Friday, hasn’t won three games in a row since January 2011.

“We have to enjoy this for a day and get ready for a tough opponent in Penn State,” Fogarty said.


Princeton vs. Dartmouth Photos 11.13.15

Here are photos from Princeton’s 3-2 loss to Dartmouth on Saturday: