EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton looks to get back on track after dropping its first two games of the calendar year on the road at Dartmouth and No. 4 Harvard to sit 7-10-1 overall. The Tigers ended 2016 on a 7-2 run following Thanksgiving. Starting the season out, 0-6-1 two of those losses were to Colgate and Cornell in mid-November. Princeton is currently seventh in the league standings with seven points on a 3-8-1 record. Sophomore Max Véronneau leads the offense with 22 points on six goals and a team-high 16 assists. Classmate and linemate Ryan Kuffner has scored the most goals on the team, with 10 total, while adding eight assists. Junior David Hallisey and freshman Jackson Cressey add 19 points apiece, while sophomores Alex Riche and Josh Teves have 12 each and junior Eric Robinson has scored 11. Senior Colton Phinney has started in all but one game in goal and has an .895 save percentage and a 3.59 goals against average. Phinney is just five saves away from becoming Princeton’s all-time record holder in saves.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is 9-4-1 overall and ranked No. 19 in the latest USCHO poll. With a 4-2-1 ECAC record, the Big Red sit in sixth place in the standings, just two points ahead of Princeton. Cornell returned from the holiday break with a 1-0 win over Merrimack on Jan. 7. The team’s win over Princeton on Nov. 19 launched them on a five-game winless streak, as they are now 6-1 since that game. The team has the sixth-best scoring defense in the nation, with 2.07 gpg, while they are scoring 2.86 gpg. Sophomore Mitch Vanderlaan and senior defender Patrick McCarron both sit atop the scoring column with 14 points apiece. Vanderlaan has a team-high eight goals and six assists, while McCarron has a team-best 12 assists and two tallies. Junior Trevor Yates and sophomore Anthony Angello (PIT) follow with nine points apiece. Senior Mitch Gillam is 9-3-1 in goal with a .918 save percentage and a 2.16 GAA. The squad’s penalty kill is fifth in the country, killing off 61 of 69 (88.4%), while the power play is 11 of 74 (14.9%).
THE PRINCETON/CORNELL SERIES
Cornell leads the all-time series 87-54-8 and have won the last four meetings. At Lynah Rink in November the Tigers had a 2-0 lead spoiled by a four-goal run by the Big Red for a 4-2 final. Princeton’s last win in the series was Ron Fogarty‘s first ECAC game on Nov. 7, 2014 – a 2-1 win at Hobey Baker Rink.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate enters the weekend with a 4-11-4 overall record and are 2-4-1 in the ECAC to sit in ninth place in the league, along with Yale – both four points behind the Tigers. The Raiders are 1-5 since Thanksgiving, its lone win a 3-2 game at Arizona State. This weekend’s games will be the first games of 2017, as the team concluded the year losing two at the Ledyard Bank Classic on Dec. 30 & 31. Sophomore Adam Dauda and senior defender Jake Kulevich both have 12 points, with Kulevich earning nine of those 12 via assist. Senior Tim Harrison (CGY) has a team-best seven goals and adds for assists for 11 points – the same point total that Bobby McMann has as the team’s leading rookie scorer. Senior Charlie Finn is 3-8-3 in his 14 starts with a .900 save percentage and a 3.21 save percentage. Freshman Colton Point (DAL) has seen limited action as the backup.
THE PRINCETON/COLGATE SERIES
Colgate leads the all-time series 55-46-6 since the teams first met in 1935. Colgate alum Ron Fogarty (’95) and assistant coach Brad Dexter (’96) are seeking their first win over their alma mater as the Raiders have won the last seven meetings. Earlier this season, Princeton held a 2-1 lead at the second intermission and was up 3-2 in the middle of the third before falling 4-3 after two goals by the Raiders. Princeton put 50 shots on goal in that game, with Charlie Finn stopping 47.