EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton owns a 5-6-1 overall record as it faces its final opponent before the holiday break. The Tigers most recently ended a six-game home stand splitting with Dartmouth and Harvard. Princeton has split nearly every series it has played in this season. Leading the fifth-best scoring offense in the nation is junior Max Véronneau. He has 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Sophomore Jackson Cressey is one point back with four goals and 10 assists. Junior defenseman Josh Teves also has 10 assists and has scored once. Senior David Hallisey, junior Ryan Kuffner and senior Eric Robinson are also in double digits in scoring with 13, 12 and 10 points respectively. Freshman Ryan Ferland has started in goal in all 12 games and has a .910 save percentage and a 3.11 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State heads into the weekend with a 3-8-3 overall record. The independent program has played one other ECAC squad this season, traveling to Colgate and going 0-1-1 against the Raiders. Another common opponent is Holy Cross. Princeton defeated the Crusaders 4-2 in the season opener on Oct. 29, while Arizona State went 1-0-1 against them just last weekend in Massachusetts. A pair of sophomores lead the squad in scoring. Brett Gruber has a nine points on a team-best six assists and has scored three goals. Tyler Busch has eight points on four goals and four assists. Junior defenseman Jackob Stridsberg has a team-high five goals and adds two assists. Fellow blueliner Brinson Pasichnuk add seven points as well. Joey Daccord (OTT) has started in all but one game in goal and has a .919 save percentage and a 2.97 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/ARIZONA STATE SERIES
This is the first time Princeton and Arizona State will face off against each other. The Sun Devils became a varsity team in 2015-16, while Princeton became varsity 115 years earlier in 1900-01. The Tigers were in the state briefly in 2013-14, making a layover between the Florida College Classic and a four-day stint in Burnaby, B.C.
TALE OF THE TAPE & RANKINGS
2.14 – 57th Scoring Offense 3.50 – t5th
3.36 – t51st Scoring Defense 3.25 – t43rd
5/55 (9.1) – 58th Power Play 10/43 (23.3) – 12th
54/64 (84.4) – 14th Penalty Kill 37/44 (84.1) – 17th
• David Hallisey and Jackson Cressey both led the nation in scoring last week with six points apiece.
• David Hallisey is riding a four-game goal scoring streak. The last time a player had a goal in five straight games was Dan Bartlett during the 2008-09 season.
• Princeton’s nine goals scored on Dartmouth are the most goals scored by the Tigers since Dec. 9, 1994 when Princeton defeated Rensselaer 9-1.
• Max Véronneau scored three goals on Dec. 1 vs. Dartmouth, the first Tiger hat trick since Andrew Calof had a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Harvard on Jan. 5, 2013.