Princeton Begins Six Game Swing at Baker

Princeton Begins Six Game Swing at Baker

Princeton begins a six-game homestand first hosting Yale and Brown this weekend. The Tigers are 2-2-1 overall and are receiving a singular vote in the nation poll, while owning a 1-2-1 ECAC mark. Both of Princeton's losses two one-goal losses, a 5-4 game to then-ranked No. 18 Cornell and a 4-3 OT loss at Union. Linemates Ryan Kuffner and Max Véronneau have each contributed seven points to ranked tied for 11th in the nation in scoring, while senior Eric Robinson has six. Robinson had this first three-point game the last time out, a 6-2 win at RPI. Twelve other skaters have a point or more. Freshman Ryan Ferland has played in every game in net and owns a .924 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA. Princeton is one of the least penalized team in the country, ranked 58th out of 60 and is 12th in the nation in scoring margin.

Yale comes into the weekend with a 3-3 mark with wins over Brown, Harvard and St. Lawrence and losses to Clarkson, Dartmouth and Brown. Junior Joe Snively ranks fourth nationally in goals per game with five and has eight points overall. This week's ECAC Player and Rookie of the Week Dante Palecco has four goals and two assists in six games - tied for fourth in the nation in freshmen scoring. Senior Ryan Hitchcock adds one goal and a team-best five assists for six points. Junior Sam Tucker has played every game in goal and has a .907 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA. One weakness the Tigers can try to exploit is Yale's power play, which ranks 59th in the country as it has converted on 2 of 30 chances.

Princeton swept last year with a 4-2 game at Ingalls before a 4-1 win at Hobey Baker Rink. The win at home pushed Princeton to take a 48-47-4 edge in the series at Hobey Baker Rink. Overall, the Bulldogs lead the series 140-106-11 since the teams first met on Jan. 19, 1901. Seniors Eric Robinson and David Hallisey have had success against Yale with Robinson netting six goals and one assist in his seven games, while Hallisey has two goals and four assists in his six games.

Brown is 2-4 on the season, playing an all-league schedule since opening with a home-and-home series with Yale on Oct 27 & 28. The Bears split with Yale and took a 3-1 game from St. Lawrence at home last weekend. Sophomore Brent Beaudoin stands with five points on two goals and three assists, while five others have four points including senior Charlie Corcoran and Alec Mehr who net the game-winning goals. Defenders Joe Maguire and Tony Stillwell each have a team-best four helpers. Sophomore Gavin Nieto has started in four games and has a .910 save percentage and a 3.04 GAA. Freshman Luke Kania has started in two games, including the last game against St. Lawrence, and has a 2.54 GAA and an .894 save percentage

Brown has an 86-67-11 lead in the all-time series that began in 1900-01. Princeton is undefeated in the last four, going 2-0-2 including a 7-2 win over the Bears the last time out at Hobey Baker Rink. Sophomore Jackson Cressey has the best points per game against Brown with four assists in two games, while juniors Ryan Kuffner and Max Véronneau have each scored three times and added one assists in their four games against Brown.

Games 6 & 7: Yale and Brown at PrincetonGame TimesFriday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. l Hobey Baker Rink  l  TicketsSaturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. l Hobey Baker Rink  l  TicketsGame CoverageLive Video l Live StatsSeries InfoPrinceton trails Yale 106-140-11 (streak: 2 wins)Princeton trails Brown 68-86-11 (streak: 2 wins, 2 ties)PrincetonRoster l Schedule l Stats l @PUHockey  l 2-2-1. 1-2-1 ECAC  YaleRoster l Schedule l Stats l @Yale_Hockey  l  3-3, 3-3 ECACBrownRoster l Schedule l Stats l @BrownMensHockey  l  2-4, 2-4 ECAC