Princeton Downed by Strong Vanderbilt Squad 2-4

Posted by Graham Turk on November 22, 2014

Vanderbilt made the long trip north to historic Baker Rink to test their skills against the Tigers. The Commodores blitzed Princeton in the first period, putting 19 shots on net while giving up only 5. The Tigers were forced to spend much of the period defending, and as a result had trouble getting into a rhythm. At about the halfway mark, Vanderbilt got the puck to the slot. The inital chance was turned aside by netminder Graham Turk but the rebound ended up in front of the net. The Vanderbilt forward got a stick on it, and the puck slid over the goal line and in. Vanderbilt kept up the pressure after opening the scoring but thanks to some strong defensive plays by Mike Anderson and Brandon Lam, the score remained 1-0 at the end of the period. Princeton came out much stronger in the second period. On the defensive side, they locked down Vanderbilt's odd man rush chances. And in the O-zone, the Tigers had several long possessions to tire out the Commodore defense. At the 8 minute mark, Princeton got called for a too-many men penalty. It didn't take long for Vanderbilt to capitalize. They quickly moved the puck from the half wall to the point. With Graham Turk screened by a forward on the edge of the crease, the defenseman took a low shot that got through everything to find the back of the net. Princeton couldn't get on the board for the rest of the period despite a few great chances.

The Tigers took the ice in the third looking urgently to get on the board. And just 2 minutes in, what happened was exactly that. With a Vanderbilt player in the box for tripping, the Tiger PP unit moved the puck around the perimeter. Defenseman Mac Hugin faked a slap shot and slid the puck over to Mike Anderson. Anderson wound up and fired a hard, low slapshot into the bottom corner of the net: 2-1 Vandy. However, just two minutes later, the Commodores were back in the offensive zone. A forward took control behind the net where he saw a defenseman cutting in. He fed his teammate, who beat Graham Turk on a high wrister to the far side. With the deficit back to two goals, Princeton again needed a spark. Vanderbilt played strong defense to maintain their lead while the clock wound down. With a minute and a half left in the game, Coach John Phillips pulled the goaltender for the extra skater. At the one minute mark, Ben Sorkin took a shot that the goalie stopped but couldn't handle. Sophomore Zach Currier was right there to clean it up for his first goal of the season. With the score at 3-2, Princeton again pulled the netminder for the last chance effort to tie it up. After getting the puck into the zone, Vandy chipped it out. The Commodore player converted his empty net try to seal the deal. The game ended 4-2 in favor of Vanderbilt in a hard fought contest. The Tigers have a long break until their next game, which is January 17, when they will face off against Seton Hall for a rematch of last week's match.

Seton Hall Edges Princeton By One Goal

Posted by Graham Turk on November 15, 2014

Princeton entered Saturday's game looking to get back in the win column. The Tigers looked dominant in the first period. With an opening goal from in front of the net by Antoine Crepin-Heroux and two more from Ben Sorkin, the Tigers took away a 3-1 lead going into the locker room. In the second period, Seton Hall played with urgency to get back into the game. An early goal cut the Princeton lead in half. Midway through the frame, Seton Hall scored again on an odd-man rush to even the score at 3. The rest of the period saw chances for both teams, but good goaltending kept the game knotted. The teams entered the third period looking to gain an edge. It was a back and forth battle throughout the first half of the frame. At the 12 minute mark, the Pirates threw a shot to the net from the point. After two saves by goaltender Kevin Lopez, the Seton Hall forward cashed in to give his team a one-goal lead. Princeton pressed to tie it back up, but the Seton Hall goaltender came up with some huge saves. Then, with 5 minutes left in the third, Seton Hall widened its lead to two goals with a wrist shot that rang off the post and went in. Princeton launched an all out assault for the rest of the game. The puck was in the Seton Hall zone for almost all of that time. Finally, with 29 seconds remaining, Princeton broke through with a goal by Antoine Crepin-Heroux. Down one goal with just under a minute to play, Princeton carried the puck into the zone for one last push. Peter Kuenne efforted a wrist shot at the net through a defenseman, but the Seton Hall goaltender came up with a pad save. From there Princeton was unable to get the puck back to the net and fell 4-5 at the hands of the Pirates. Princeton's next game is against Vanderbilt next Saturday at Baker Rink.

Tigers Overpowered by TCNJ

Posted by Graham Turk on November 14, 2014

Princeton squared off against neighboring TCNJ on Friday. The Lions were sharp early on, immediately establishing a forechecking presence. After seven minutes had gone by, a TCNJ forward streaked down the wing and put an off-angle shot on net. It somehow squeaked past the goal line to give TCNJ a 1-0 lead. After that, the Lions began to generate prime scoring chances and capitalized on one short-handed then one powerplay goal to take a three-goal lead. Princeton struggled to get past TCNJ's defense to the goal. Down three goals the Tigers went into the second period looking to turn the tide, but within the opening minute TCNJ set up down low, fed the puck in front of the net and scored a fourth goal. From then on, Princeton tightened up its defense considerably. The Tigers would not fold despite the four goal disadvantage. With help from the defense blocking shots and passes, combined with strong goaltending, they held last year's league champs scoreless for the remaining 39 minutes of the game. The game ended with the scoreboard showing 4-0, but the Tigers had displayed their resilliency and frustrated the opponent. The team takes the ice tomorrow night against Seton Hall.

Tigers Outdueled by NJIT

Posted by Graham Turk on November 7, 2014

On Friday, The Tigers took the ice for the first time since the university's fall break. They faced off against the NJIT Highlanders at the AmeriHealth Pavilion. Plagued with injuries and illness, Princeton only had 8 skaters in the lineup but those boy did those 8 leave it all on the ice. NJIT took it to the Tigers early in the first period, generating an onslaught of shots and shutting down any counter-attacks. The Tiger defense, led by sophomore Mac Hugin and senior Brandon Lam, battled ferociously in the D-zone to keep the Highlanders away from the front of the net. NJIT maintained possession for the final two minutes but couldn't bury the tiebreaker. Sophomore goaltender Graham Turk made 25 saves to help escape from the first period in a scoreless draw.

In the second period, Princeton tightened up their defense considerably. They started moving the puck effectively, playing to their strengths with such a short bench. However, 5 minutes in, NJIT gained control off a faceoff in the offensive zone and slid the puck to the pointman. He took a low slapshot that got through traffic to find the back of the net. But Princeton responded immediately and began generating some chances of their own. At the 10-minute mark, senior Luke Amber stripped the opposing defenseman at the blue line on a hard forecheck. He fed Ben Sorkin in the slot with a perfect pass. Sorkin made no mistake from his sweet spot beating the goaltender just over the pad with a professional-grade wrist shot. The scoreboard showed 1-1 and things were just heating up.

Two penalties in the defensive zone (both necessary to prevent scoring chances) put NJIT on consecutive power plays. With only 8 skaters to begin with, a penalty kill was the worst nightmare for the Tigers. But with brilliant positioning and active sticks, Princeton killed off both penalties with the help of Graham Turk's right pad, which twice stoned an NJIT forward on the doorstep to preserve the tie. Just trying to get a whistle after the penalty kills, Princeton launched the puck down the ice. Peter Kuenne had other plans. The sophomore forward raced to beat out the icing and retrieve the puck. Cutting to the net was Ben Sorkin, who received a tape-to-tape pass from Kuenne, faked a shot, and beat the goaltender on a deke: 2-1 Tigers. With just seconds left in the period, NJIT pressed hard on the forecheck and took the puck at the blue line. Coming in on a 3-on-1, the Highlander forward took a slapshot past the defensemen and over the blocker of Graham Turk to tie the game with just 4 seconds remaining in the second period.

Princeton came out in the third period determined to regain the lead they had fought so hard for. Following chances on both sides of the ice, the Highlanders caught a break at the 10 minute mark when a shot from the point deflected off a Princeton stick and found the twine. Once again Princeton went on the offensive to try to tie the game. An odd man rush produced a fortunate rebound in front of the crease with the goalie down. Captain Matt Kelly swooped in and chipped the puck in to tie it at 3. The following minute, Graham Turk stopped a flurry of chances but on the ensuing breakout NJIT picked the puck in the neutral zone and came in 3-on-1. The Tiger defenseman blocked the initial pass, but the puck found the NJIT forward's stick. He slid it across to his teammate on the back door who one timed it in. In the final 8 minutes, Princeton gave everything it had. With several scrambles in front, the last one in the closing seconds, they almost scored in the equalizer but came up just short of tying the game. After such an incredible display of endurance, the Tigers had no reason to hang their heads for a 1-goal loss. They look to bounce back next weekend against TCNJ and Seton Hall.

Comeback Effort Not Enough Against West Chester

Posted by Graham Turk on October 17, 2014

After a strong showing at the Ivy League Tournament, Princeton was back in league play on Friday against West Chester University. After some spectacular early saves by goaltender Kevin Lopez, the Tigers went on the power play. Alex Vukasin fed Mike Anderson at the top of the point. Anderson took a wrist shot that beat the goalie glove side for the 1-0 lead. 3 minutes later West Chester set up in the offensive zone and scored off a tip from the point to tie the game. The teams entered the locker room tied at one.

At the start of the second period, Princeton swarmed the Rams defense. 4 minutes in, Ben Sorkin stole the puck in the offensive zone and made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Alex Vukasin. Vukasin wasted no time, one-timing the puck past the diving goaltender. For the rest of the period both teams had good scoring chances but the score stayed at 2-1 in favor of the Tigers. Kevin Lopez had several big saves to preserve the lead. In the closing minute, with West Chester on a man advantage, they gained the zone with speed and scored on the rush to once again tie it up.

West Chester struck early in the third period on a shot off the rush to make it 3-2. Then midway through the frame the Rams scored again after a turnover in the Tigers' end. The score stayed at 4-2 until the final two minutes. Alex Vukasin rushed in and drew three defenders to him. After a save by the goaltender, the puck bounced out to the slot where Matt Kelly was in perfect position to net Princeton's third goal of the night. With the goalie pulled, the Tigers tried desperately to score but were denied and fell short in their comeback attempt. The final score was 4-3 in favor of West Chester. The Tigers will be back in action November 7 against NJIT.

Tigers Come Up Short Against Harvard in Championship

Posted by Graham Turk on October 12, 2014

Princeton took the ice against Harvard in the championship game of the Ivy League Tournament. The first period was a battle for control as both sides came out hungry. A penalty led to a Harvard power play midway through the period. After setting up its offense, the puck went to the pointman who fired a shot that got tipped in to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead. Princeton had its fair share of chances late in the period, but strong Harvard goaltending maintained the lead.

In the second period, Princeton sured up their defense and surrendered very few scoring chances. On the offensive side, the Tigers maintained an aggressive forecheck and pinned the Crimson deep in their zone. Although the period was goalless it was a major turnaround from Princeton, which proved that a squad of just 10 skaters could keep up with a full Harvard roster. The defense, led by sophomore Mac Hugin, was brilliant all throughout the period.

The third period began and Princeton was gunning for the tying goal. The Tigers were generating scoring chance after scoring chance but couldn't buy a goal. The Crimson netminder turned aside several breakaway chances. As the clock wound down Princeton went into desperation mode. With two minutes left at the tail end of a long defensive shift, Antoine Crepin-Heroux picked up the puck at his blue line. He streaked wide beating the defensemen with speed and cut to the net. With a power move across the crease, Crepin-Heroux tucked in the tying goal and the Princeton bench erupted. With just two minutes left the score stood 1-1. Princeton called a timeout to collect themselves. On the next shift while trying to advance into the zone, a bouncing puck led to a Harvard odd man rush. Upon reaching the hashmarks the Harvard forward slid it across to the trailer who one-timed the puck into the back of the net. Up 2-1, Harvard went into defensive lockdown and prevented Princeton from setting up in the offensive zone. The buzzer sounded and denied Princeton a shot at a comeback. Although the Tigers were disappointed about the loss, it was an incredible weekend for the squad of 11. Princeton finished 4-1 for the weekend with wins over Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia.

Princeton Ousts Brown in Shootout Thriller

Posted by Graham Turk on October 12, 2014

It was the semifinal of the Ivy League Tournament and Princeton squared off against host team Brown in its home rink, the historic Meehan Auditorium. The Tigers set the tone early with an offensive surge. They controlled puck possession and denied the Bears entry into the zone. Midway through the period, the sophomore line won a faceoff in the offensive zone. Ben Sorkin picked up the puck and cut to the middle. He fired a low shot on the ice that beat the goalie in between the legs, giving Princeton a 1-0 lead. Carrying the momentum Princeton went back to work in the offensive zone after a hard forecheck. Antoine Crepin-Heroux stole the puck behind the net and chipped it over the goalie's shoulder. What appeared to be the second goal of the game was called off due to a dislodged net. After the disallowed goal, Brown picked up its play and put pressure on the Tiger defense. Late in the period, a Brown forward gained the zone and took a high shot that goaltender Graham Turk had trouble with. The rebound popped out in front of the net and the trailer cashed in to tie it up.

The second period saw plenty of odd man rushes as both teams took chances to take the lead. It wasn't until the 8 minute mark that the tie was broken. Peter Kuenne retrieved the puck in the corner and rifled it on net. It bounced off a skate and found its way past the goal line for Kuenne's fifth goal of the tournament. Down 1-2, the Bears made a push. Gaining possession in the offensive zone, a forward took a shot through traffic that Graham Turk picked up late. He made the initial save, but a forward in front of the net put in the rebound to make it 2-2. Princeton went back on the attack to try to regain their lead. After another strong forecheck, the puck squeaked to the front of the net where Alex Vukasin was in perfect position to find it and bury the goal. The period ended with Princeton up 3-2.

With just 15 minutes separating Princeton from a spot in the championship, the Tiger took the ice up by a goal. Brown put the pressure on, but two incredible defensive plays from freshman Dennis Guo maintained the Tiger lead. As it entered the second half of the period, the tide began to turn in Princeton's favor as Brown had to take chances to tie it up. Alex Vukasin chipped the puck past the defenseman at the blue line, then rushed the puck into the zone. He then made a perfect pass to the cutting Antoine Crepin-Heroux who deflected it over the goalie's blocker and into the net. Up 4-2, the Tigers just had to outlast the final Brown surge. With four minutes left, the Bears won a faceoff in the offensive zone and put the puck toward the net. Despite an initial pad save from Graham Turk, a second forward on the back door chipped it in, cutting the Princeton lead in half. Just two minutes later, Brown set up in the zone again. After another shot from outside, the puck found its way onto the stick of a forward in front of the net who scored to knot the game at 4. A stunned Princeton was able to maintain its composure to keep the game tied going into overtime.

The overtime period was a wild burst of action from both sides. The 4-on-4 format allowed for many scoring chances. After Antoine Crepin-Heroux hit the crossbar, Brown came down the ice and took a shot through traffic. Graham Turk speared it with his glove, then knocked the rebound into the corner to keep the game going. Two Princeton breakaways were denied by the Brown netminder. Then Brown charged on an odd man rush. The defenseman faked a shot and brought the puck around the net. He fed his teammate cutting to the back door, but the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line and the official waved it off. Both teams made one final push to end the game, but a blocker save by Brown's goalie and a toe save by Graham Turk send the game into a shooutout.

It was to be a three-man shooutout followed by sudden death rounds if necessary. Princeton had the first shot and Ben Sorkin stepped up. Coming in slowly, the sophomore forward outwaited the goalie and beat him five-hole on a quick release. It was Brown's turn to shoot. Their captain came in with speed and made a beautiful forhand to backhand move, roofing the puck over Turk's blocker. With the shootout score tied at 1, Mac Hugin took the ice. He brought the puck in, made a few head fakes, a few dekes, and got the goalie down. After waiting him out, Hugin elevated the puck and scored to put the Tigers back in the lead. The next Brown forward brought the puck in and attempted to take a wrist shot, but his stick gave out on him and Graham Turk managed the low shot with a stick save. Then came Alex Vukasin. Gaining the zone, Vukasin was patient with the puck. When the goalie finally went down, Vukasin immediately put it on net. The puck found its way into the back of the cage and the Tigers went wild. The 5-4 shooutout win punched Princeton's ticket to the championship game.

Tigers Beat Dartmouth, Advance to Tournament Semifinal

Posted by Graham Turk on October 11, 2014

It was an offensive explosion for Princeton Saturday night in Meehan Auditorium. The Tigers got out to a quick start against Dartmouth and went up 3-0 on goals by Antoine Crepin-Heroux, Alex Vukasin and Peter Kuenne. Princeton continued its strong play in the second period, putting up 3 more tallies. Dartmouth got one back in the third but the Tiger offense had its third three-goal period with scoring by Luke Amber, Ben Sorkin, and Alex Vukasin. The game ended 9-1 in favor of Princeton. The victiry claims first seed in Princeton's division. The team will face Brown tomorrow in the semifinal.

Princeton Defeats Ivy Rival Yale 3-0

Posted by Graham Turk on October 11, 2014

In the second game of the group stage of the Ivy League Tournament, Princeton faced off against the school's historic rival, Yale. It was evident that the Tigers were ready to play from the drop of the puck. Ben Sorkin won the faceoff to his right where Alex Vukasin picked it up on the move. Vukasin rushed to the net and fired a wrist shot that beat the goalie stick side for a 1-0 lead. For the rest of the period, Princeton had several chances but couldn't expand their lead. On the defensive side, Mac Hugin, Brandon Lam, and Dennis Guo shut down the Bulldog offense keeping shooters to the outside and clearing the front of the net.

Princeton came out hard in the second period, immediately initiating an aggresive forecheck. Off a faceoff in the offensive zone, Alex Vukasin cut to the net but was hooked from behind and drew a penalty. The Tigers went to work on the power play and it didn't take them long to strike. A shot from the point resulted in a scramble in front where Antoine Crepin-Heroux converted on the rebound; 2-0 Princeton. Down two goals, Yale went on the offensive, pressing hard to get back in the game. The opponents played possession in the offensive zone, forcing several mad scrambles in front of the net. Setting up from behind the net, a Yale forward found a defenseman cutting back door. He one timed the puck but a sprawling Graham Turk denied it with his blocker to keep Yale off the board. The buzzer evoked a collective sigh of relief from the Princeton squad, which seemed to be on the brink of surrenduring a momentum-shifting goal.

The third period began with more of the same urgent Yale attack. The Bulldogs were generating prime scoring chances and just it looked like they were about to cash in, a string a penalties killed their momentum. Though Princeton didn't put in the third goal, the powerplay allowed the Tigers to hold puck in the offensive end eating up crucial minutes. Dennis Guo commanded the man advantage with great breakout passes and rushes into the offensive zone. Just as a penalty was expiring, freshman Matt McKinlay held the puck in the zone at the blue line and shoveled it to Luke Amber who passed it to Peter Kuenne in front of the net. Kuenne pulled the puck to his forehand and beat the goalie low, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Yale tried to turn the tied, but frustrated penalties plagued their comeback effort. The rest of the game saw few scoring chances as Princeton played smart defensively. The Tigers earned their second win of the tournament and goaltender Graham Turk got his first shutout of the season.

Tigers Take Down Lions in First Game of Ivy Tournament

Posted by Graham Turk on October 10, 2014

In the first game of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament Princeton squared off against Columbia. The first period featured both sides' high powered offense. In the second minute, Princeton's sophomore line cashed with an Alex Vukasin goal. Columbia immediately countered on a backhand goal off the rush to tie it up. Minutes later Princeton once again took the lead on a goal by Antoine Crepin-Heroux. After an unsuccessful Princeton push to widen the lead, Columbia set up their offense and found an open forward on the back door who put it in to tie the game at 2.

The second period saw several power plays for both teams. Blocked shots and strong lockdown by both sides prevented any scoring. But midway through the frame while on the penalty kill, Princeton forward Ben Sorkin chipped the puck to himself on the boards. He gained the zone, cut accross the middle and ripped a wrist shot that beat the goalie stick side to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Minutes later Columbia almost tied the game on a scramble in front of the net but Mac Hugin made an incredible diving block to keep it out.

The third period opened up with a Columbia surge. On an odd man rush, Columbia fired the puck to the net. The rebound bounced out to the slot but it was Brandon Lam to the rescue, tying up the streaking forward to prevent him from getting his stick on the puck. With 11 minutes remaining, Columbia again gained the zone with numbers. They fed the puck to the slot, but defenseman Matt Kelly layed a huge hit on the forward just before he could get a shot off. The impact was enormous and though at first it seemed that the Princeton captain was ok, he knew something was wrong when he came to the bench. It was a scary moment for everyone in the rink as the players and coaches waited for the EMTs to arrive to take Kelly to the hospital. After the long delay and seeing their captain carted off the ice, Princeton had to focus back on the game. Columbia continued their aggressive play but the Tiger defense, now only three, fought hard. With five minutes remaining Antoine Crepin-Heroux picked up the puck in the neutral zone with speed. He beat the defenseman wide, brought it to his backhand and scored a miraculous goal to give the Tigers some breathing room. Columbia pulled its goalie in the final minute to try to make a comeback. The puck found its way to the point where senior Adam Klosowiak passed it to Peter Kuenne, who fired it down the ice into the open goal. It was Klosowiak's first point in a Tiger uniform and a big one at that. The game ended for a 5-2 Tiger win and 1-0 record in the group stage of the Ivy League Tournament.

TCNJ Outlasts Princeton in Tight Battle

Posted by Graham Turk on October 9, 2014

Princeton was looking for revenge against the team that ended its playoff run in overtime of the GNCHC semifinal. Both squads came out strong in the first period. Princeton had its share of scoring chances but couldn't convert. TCNJ countered with a few chances of their own but the Tiger defense held them off the board. The teams remained gridlocked in a scoreless tie when the first buzzer sounded.

The second period opened with more great action. The Tigers maintained long possessions in the offensive zone and cycled the puck nicely. On the defensive side, Princeton continued with its lockdown play. Midway through the frame Princeton went up on the powerplay. After several blocked shots the puck finally got to the front of the net where Alex Vukasin cashed in on a rebound goal, breaking the tie and giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. But just a minute later, TCNJ established possession in the offensive end. A give and go from behind the goal line led to a player breaking to the front of the net, where he stuffed it in to knot the game at 1 goal aside. The rest of the period was back and forth with each team digging deep for the next goal. With just under a minute remaining, TCNJ held the puck in the zone and threw it into the slot, where a forward took a shot threw traffic that found the back of the net. Princeton was facing a 1-2 deficit going into the third.

TCNJ started the third period on the power play and immediately gained possession in the zone. Just thirty seconds in, the defenseman took a shot from the point that got through heavy traffic and went in, giving the Lions a 3-1 lead. But Princeton was not willing to give in. Just two minutes later, Antoine Crepin-Heroux caught a pass from Mac Hugin in the neutral zone with speed. He gained the zone and beat the goalie five-hole with a wrist shot to cut TCNJ's lead in half. The Tigers pressed to knot the score. In the next minutes they hit a crossbar and had numerous opportunities. Princeton continued to get chances and seemed to be on the verge of tying it up. But TCNJ battled hard in their end and kept puck out of the back of their net. With a minute remaining, Princeton pulled the goalie and had a few chances from scrambles in front of the net but couldn't put one it and fell one goal short in their comeback effort. The Tigers fall to 2-2 in CSCHC league play. They will be in Brown this upcoming weekend for the Ivy League Tournament.

Princeton Trumps Penn in High-Scoring Contest

Posted by Graham Turk on October 5, 2014

Princeton, looking for its second league win, faced off against rival Penn on Saturday. The Tiger offense was all over the opposition from the drop of the puck. Princeton forechecked hard and pinned the Quakers in their own end. Three minutes into the frame, Mike Anderson fired a shot that Alex Vukasin tipped in for his sixth of the season. For the next few minutes, it was the Alex Vukasin show. Capitalizing on great passing from Ben Sorkin and Dennis Guo, the sophomore forward scored two tremendous goals on the rush to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Despite the deficit, Penn refused to go away. The Quakers scored a tip-in power play goal and then a goal off the rush to cut the lead to one at the end of the period.

Penn came out on fire in the second period and knotted the game at 3 apiece in the opening minute. The Quakers then went on the powerplay and scored a quick goal off a tip. In the blink of an eye, the Tigers' 3-2 lead had become a 3-4 deficit. Alex Vukasin took matters into his own hands rushing the puck the length of the ice and scoring his career high 4th of the game to tie it up. Just minutes later Penn utilized the pointman again. The defenseman fired one at the net that got blocked, but the forward located the puck and tucked it in. After a dominating shift in the offensive zone in which Princeton was unable to convert, the Quakers gained possession, set up their offense and scored thier 6th of the night for the 6-4 lead. Now in a two goal deficit, Princeton was desperate to put one in. The Tigers went on the powerplay; from point, Mac Hugin slid it across to Ben Sorkin on the near boards who somehow found Mike Anderson across the ice. Anderson then ripped a shot over the diving goaltender to make it 5-6 entering the third period.

The third period saw an reenergized Princeton squad. The orange and black cycled the puck well and peppered the Penn goaltender with shots. Seven minutes in Princeton finally broke through. Antoine Crepin-Heroux found Mike Anderson sneaking in from the point who beat the goaltender to knot the game at six. Less than a minute later Ben Sorkin won a faceoff in the offensive zone then cut toward the slot and beat the goalie five-hole off a quick release. The Tigers had regained the lead for the first time since the first period. After a surge from Penn, the sophomore line connected again when Alex Vukasin fed Antoine Crepin-Heroux in the slot for a one-time goal. With the 8-6 lead Princeton played defensively and made it difficult for Penn to gain the zone. The Tigers killed off a penalty with five minutes remaining and shut down the opposition for the rest of the game to earn an 8-6 victory to improve to 2-1 in league play.

Princeton Tops NJIT 5-1 for First CSCHC Win

Posted by Graham Turk on October 3, 2014

The Tigers came out on Friday looking for their first league win of the season after a tough loss to Millersville last weekend. NJIT came out strong and controlled the play in the first period. Princeton killed a penalty and was able to hold back the surge until midway through the frame when the Highlanders scored on a two-on-one to go up 1-0. The Tigers got a few chances in the last few minutes but were unable to put one in and entered the locker room down a goal.

The second period saw a complete turnaround for the Princeton squad. They kept NJIT out of the prime scoring areas and moved the puck well. The Highlanders played strong defensively and kept Princeton off the board for the first 7 minutes. Then, applying a fierce forecheck, forward Eric Naslund won the puck at the blue line and fired a shot from the top of the circle that got through heavy traffic and found the back of the net. Naslund's first goal of the season was a huge one, evening the game at one goal apiece. Carrying the momentum into a power play, sophomore forward Ben Sorkin threaded the needle and found his linemate Antoine Crepin-Heroux on the back door who one-timed it in for the go-ahead goal. The game remained 2-1 until freshman forward Matt McKinlay chipped the puck past the defenseman at the blue line, carried it into the zone and ripped a shot top shelf for his second of the season, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. As time was winding down in the period, sophomore defenseman Mac Hugin fed Ben Sorkin in the slot who fired a shot that got tipped in by Alex Vukasin for the 4th Princeton goal of the night.

The third period opened with fast pace lay from both sides. Just three minutes in, the Sorkin, Crepin-Heroux, Vukasin line came through again. Neutral zone passing led to a fast break for Vukasin who deked the goaltender and slid it in for his second goal of the night. From there the Tigers played a tight defensive game, surrendering very few scoring chances. Princeton held NJIT off the board in the third to seal the 5-1 victory. Sophomore goaltender Graham Turk had 46 saves for his first win of the season. The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow night against the University of Pennsylvania.

Millersville Too Much for Princeton Squad of 9

Posted by Graham Turk on September 26, 2014

Friday night was the inaugurual game for the newly formed Colonial States Collegiate Hockey Conference. Due to several injuries, Princeton only had 8 skaters. In the first period, the Tigers played the trap and prevented Millersville from getting good scoring chances. After the Marauders scored a shorthanded goal midway through the frame, sophomore forward Alex Vukasin cut to the net, deked the goalie, and scored to knot the game at 1. Millersville added a second before the end of the period to go up 2-1.

The Princeton squad played well in the first half of the second period, generating several good scoring chances and keeping the shots allowed to a minimum. Millersville finally broke through on a shorthanded goal and launched an all out offensive assault, scoring 4 more goals before the end of the period, including 2 power play goals.

In the third period, the Tigers sured up their defense and held the Marauders to one goal for the rest of the game despite 30 shots against. The final score was 8-1 in favor of Millersville. Considering the short bench, it was a great effort from the team to keep battling throughout the game. Sophomore goalie Graham Turk finished with 61 saves.

Princeton Falls 5-6 in Thriller Versus LIU Post

Posted by Graham Turk on September 20, 2014

After falling behind 1-3 in the first period to LIU Post (the goal came from sophomore forward Alex Vukasin), Princeton battled back in the second scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Antoine Crepin-Heroux had two of the goals and Ben Sorkin added the other. Late in the second period, Princeton conceded a two-on-one shorthanded goal and went in to the third with the score tied 4-4. Midway through the third frame, freshman defenseman Dennis Guo fired a shot from the point that got through traffic and found the back of the net to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. It was Guo's first tally in a Princeton uniform. With 5 minutes left in regulation, LIU tied the game with a shot from the slot. After some fast-paced action back and forth, LIU rushed the puck in the final minute and was able to bury the winner with just 20 seconds remaining. It was a tough loss for the Princeton squad but the team feels prepared for the league opener next weekend against Millersville.

Princeton Gets First Win  Against Monmouth

Posted by Graham Turk on September 19, 2014

The Tigers were back in action on Friday against Monmouth. In the first period, junior goaltender Kevin Lopez was stellar to hold Monmouth to two goals. Sophomore forward Antoine Crepin-Heroux scored his first of the night to make it 1-2 going into the second. Princeton came out flying in the second period. Crepin-Heroux scored two more goals for the hat trick and freshman Matt McKinlay got his first tally of the season on a beautiful setup from linemates Luke Amber and Peter Kuenne. After giving one back to Monmouth, junior captain Matt Kelly widened the lead with his first goal of the season to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead going into the third.

Monmouth fought back in the final period, scoring two early goals to tie the game. After Crepin-Heroux scored his fourth of the night, the opponents once against knotted the score at 6 apiece. With 7 minutes left in the game, sophomore Ben Sorkin netted one to take the lead for good. With 2 late empty-netters the Tigers sealed the deal for their first win of the season. Kevin Lopez finished with 39 saves in the winning effort.

Princeton - 3, West Point - 7

Posted by Graham Turk on September 13, 2014

It was the second game of the weekend against West Point. Due to several injuries, Princeton had only 10 skaters. In the first period, both teams battled for control. After West Point scored to take the lead, sophomore Antoine Crepin-Heroux buried a rebound in front to knot the score before the end of the period.

For the first half of the second, the Tigers skated well and kept the Army Knights out of prime scoring areas. West Point broke the tie midway through the frame on a goal from the slot. A tired Princeton squad couldn't hold back the West Point attack and the visitors scored two more to make it 4-1. After a time-out, Antoine Crepin-Heroux rushed the puck the length of the ice and scored a gorgeous breakaway goal to make it 4-2. Late in the period, West Point tacked on a fifth to widen their lead but immediately after, senior Luke Amber scored from the slot for Princeton's third goal.

In the third period, Princeton was on the attack looking to shorten the lead. Despite many chances, the West Point goaltender kept the score 5-3. As the Tigers fought to get back in the game, West Point proved too much and tacked on two more goals in the final 5 minutes for a 7-3 victory. Sophomore Graham Turk made 59 saves. Princeton looks forward to getting back on the ice next weekend.

Princeton Battles Hard vs. West Point in Season Opener

Posted by Graham Turk on September 12, 2014

The 2014-2015 season opened with a home exhibition game against West Point. Before the drop of the puck, there was a ceremony to honor Coach Steve Macy. West Point controlled much of the play in the early parts of the first period. But with a strong defensive effort, Princeton managed to stave off the pressure. Chances came on both sides, but it was finally West Point to break the tie on an odd-man-rush goal with seven minutes left in the period. Army added another late in the first on a scramble in front of the net.

Princeton came out strong in the second period looking to even the score. After a strong penalty kill the Tigers picked up momentum and got a few great scoring chances in the offensive zone. However, after a West Point odd man rush, Princeton was unable to clear the zone and the visitors tacked on another goal from in front of the net. Down 0-3, sophomore Ben Sorkin took matters into his own hands, dangling through three defenders and deeking the goalie to score his first of the season on a beautiful rush. Late in the period, Army made it 1-4 on a shot from the point through heavy traffic.

Princeton set the pace at the beginning of the third, dominating much of the play in the offensive end. With strong play from the defense including freshman David Crane, the Tigers shut down West Point's scoring chances. Midway through the period, sophomore Alex Vukasin scored a rebound goal to make it 4-2. Desperately trying to knot the score, Princeton turned to an all out attack and surrendered a two-on-one that West Point buried to widen their lead to 5-2 and seal the deal. It was a strong first game for the Tigers against a tough opponent despite the result. The team looks forward to get back in action tomorrow night for a rematch.

Alumni Game on January 16th

Posted by Matt Kelly on September 11, 2014

This year's alumni game will take place at Baker Rink on January 16th at 8:00 PM, rather than the previously posted time of 9:00 PM. From this year onward, current players and alumni will compete against one another for the Steve Macy Cup, a trophy named in honor of the late coach. After the game, alumni are invited to join current players for dinner on Nassau Street. Alumni planning to attend: please notify us by email at mcice@princeton.edu.

The Passing of Coach Steve Macy

Posted by Matt Kelly on September 9, 2014

On May 27, 2014, longtime Princeton Club Hockey head coach Steve Macy passed away after battling cancer. Steve served as head coach for fifteen years and guided the team to numerous winning seasons and to a league championship. He brought an unrelenting passion for hockey to each game and practice, as well as sincere concern for the well-being of his players on and off the ice. Steve treated members of the team as if they were members of his family. His dedication to each player, his great personal warmth, and his humor are unforgettable. During the 2014-2015 season, the Princeton Club Hockey Team will wear jersey patches bearing Steve’s initials in honor of his immense contributions to the program and to the lives of his players.

Princeton Club Hockey to the CSCHC

Posted by Matt Kelly on August 28, 2014

The Princeton Club Hockey Team is excited to announce its move to a new league for the 2014-2015 season. Along with Millersville University, The College of New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University, and West Chester University, the team will compete in the newly founded Colonial States College Hockey Conference (CSCHC), which is a subset of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II.

Men's Club Sport of the Year

Posted by Graham Turk on May 14, 2014

Following one of the most successful seasons in its existence, the Princeton Club Hockey team was named 2014 Men's Club Sport of the Year by the Princeton Sports Clubs. The season began with a big 7-5 win over rival Penn at Baker Rink. After losing tough games to Bucknell and La Salle, the team stormed through October with an undefeated 5-0 record. Included in the win streak were victories over Muhlenberg (3-1), West Chester (5-1), and Rutgers (7-2). The momentum was halted by a 5-7 loss to Penn at the historic Class of 1923 Arena. After a close 6-5 win over Lafayette, Princeton fell 2-4 to West Chester, and suddenly the team's GNCHC Central Division lead was in jeopardy.

The team entered its last weekend of November looking to reclaim momentum. But after falling behind 0-3 in the first two periods to Muhlenberg, the mood turned to desperation. Dominating the third period, Princeton scored three goals to force overtime. Just minutes into extra time, Captain Brooks Hallin scored the winner on a great feed from Quintin Sally. The team carried the surge through the weekend defeating Seton Hall 9-3 and shutting out Kutztown 2-0 to improve to an 11-4 league record.

Despite a 3-4 loss to Millersville at home, Princeton went on to defeat NJIT and TCNJ to clinch the central division regular season title and the 4th seed in the GNCHC playoffs. In the quarterfinal game, Princeton staved off a tough West Chester opponent 4-1 to advance to the semis against TCNJ. In a back and forth battle, the teams traded goals in the first two periods. A strong offensive effort helped Princeton carry a 4-3 lead into the third period but TCNJ struck back with a power play goal late in the third to force overtime. With chances on both sides, TCNJ broke through on an odd man rush to deal Princeton a heartbreaking loss and advance to the league final. Although the season ended didn't end in victory, it was a fantastic year all around. Winning the Men's Club Sport of the Year award was a testament to the team's hard work, dedication, and success.