Tiger Offense Explodes in 16-2 Win

Posted by Graham Turk on November 22, 2015

In its only game of the weekend Princeton made the short trip north to Seton Hall. The Tigers, kennly aware of their tendency to start slowly, made a strong effort to jump on the Pirates early. Just 50 seconds into the game Drew Bennett finessed the puck around the opposing goaltender and slid it into the net. Princeton struck again after a period of even play when Patrick Hompe sent a wrist shot past the goaltender. Back to back goals by Bennett and Hompe at the end of the frame increased the Tiger lead to 4. Seton Hall got on the board in the closing minute to make it 4-1.

The Tigers wasted no time in the second period. On the man advantage, Mac Hugin let go a scorcher from the point that found the top left corner. After a few spectacular saves by Kevin Lopez in net, the Tigers poured in 3 more goals by Kelly and Vukasin (2) with some beautiful assist work by Ben Sorkin and Ryan Gizzie. The Tigers wouldn't let up, sealing off the defensive zone led by Christian Bischoff and the Princeton defense. Goals by Crepin-Heroux, Kuenne, Crane (on a great pass from Zhou), and Bennett (for his hat trick) widened the lead to 12 going into the final period.

Princeton continued its strong play in the third with more key saves by Kevin Lopez. Hompe got on the board for a hat trick, followed by Guo for his first of the year. Seton Hall scored a pretty breakaway goal. In the next minute, however, Gizzie put in a rebound in front and then, with a minute left Bennett got his fourth of the evening. The Tigers are off for the Thanksgiving weekend. They travel to Ice Line to battle West Chester on December 4th.

Princeton Can't Erase Early Deficit

Posted by Graham Turk on November 14, 2015

The Tigers opened the second half of the season with a crosstown battle against TCNJ: Tigers vs. Lions (vs. Bears, oh my). In their previous meeting, the Tigers came back from an early 0-2 hole to win 5-3 at Baker. After the Fall-break layoff, Princeton looked a bit rusty from the drop of the puck. TCNJ generated some high-quality scoring chances in the opening minutes but were unable to capitalize. It wasn't until a Tiger powerplay that the Lions cashed in. A TCNJ forward won the puck behind the net and fed his teammate alone in front of the net, who one-timed it home. TCNJ then went on a powerplay of its own. A stray shot from the point deflected off a forward in front of the net and wound up over the goal line. The Tigers regrouped with a timeout. However, another penalty in the ensuing shift put them a man down. A second penalty gave the TCNJ a lengthy 5-3. After killing off the first minute, the TCNJ power play unit took charge. The puck moved around the perimeter of the zone, then found a forward at the hashmarks. He took a shot through a heavy screen that found twine. The period ended with TCNJ holding a commanding 3-0 lead.

Princeton came out much stronger in the second period. After surrendering an early 2-1 that goaltender Graham Turk dealt with handily, the Princeton defense sured up and held the Lion offense to shots from the outside. The Tigers spent much of the period in the offensive end, but couldn't quite solve the TCNJ goaltender. After killing off a key penalty, Antoine Crepin-Heroux took the puck up ice. Using the defenseman as screen, he offered a rising snap shot on net. The goalie picked it up late and was unable to get a hand on it, getting Princeton on the board before the end of the frame.

The third period began with the Tigers hungry to score. The scoring chances came, but the Tigers couldn't net another. Then, midway through the period, Antoine Crepin-Heroux took a shot in motion low glove side. It caught the goalie offguard and squeaked through the equipment to cross the goal line: 3-2. With just under 8 minutes left, the Tigers had plenty of time to tie it up. Princeton peppered the goaltender with a barage of shots, coming within inches of scoring several times. TCNJ was on the defensive for the rest of the period and sacrificed the body to block shots. As the clock wound down, Princeton pulled the goalie for the extra attacker. The scoring chances proved fruitless and TCNJ tacked on an empty net goal as time expired to seal the deal with a 4-2 victory. The Tigers look to bounce back from the loss next weekend against Seton Hall.

Princeton Puts Up 6 In Victory

Posted by Graham Turk on October 16, 2015

The Tigers closed out the first half of their season with a home matchup against Seton Hall. Princeton came out to play, putting an eventual 22 shots on net in the period. It wasn't until late in the period that there was scoreboard evidence of the strong play. Christian Bischoff fired the puck on net. Antoine Crepin-Heroux found the puck amidst the flurry and tapped it in for his 8th of the season. The Tigers took their one goal lead into the locker room.

The first three minutes of the second period were a wild bunch. Still in the first minute, Matt Kelly willed his way to the front of the net from the corner. Muscling past the defense he put a shot on target then won the battle to the rebound and finished it off for an incredible individual effort goal. Just 20 seconds later, Alex Vukasin threw a puck on net from the side boards that somehow squaked over the goal line. This time, lightning didn't strike just twice but three times. Peter Kuenne converted on a pretty pass from Antoine Crepin-Heroux to make it 4-0. The Tigers stayed strong on defense after building the lead. Great backchecking by the forwards, highlighted by David Crane's efforts, coupled with sharp goaltending by Coleman Merchant kept the score where it was. With just under 4 minutes remaining, Dennis Guo cleared the puck up the boards. David Crane settled it and carried it into the zone with his head up. He issues a perfect pass to a streaking Andrew Zhou in the slot. Zhou brought it back and ripped a shot over the goalie's glove for the 5th Tiger goal.

Princeton struck again early in the third - Alex Vukasin took a pass from John Marshall and beat the goalie on a snap shot. Seton Hall spoiled Merchant's shutout bid on a power play, but the Tigers kept the Pirates to 1 goal and the game ended with the scoreboard showing 6-1. The Tigers improved to 8-4-1 overall in their last 2015 game at Baker. They have 2 weekends off for the fall break before their date with TCNJ at Louckes Arena.

Tigers Withstand Late Surge To Down Penn 4-3

Posted by Graham Turk on October 16, 2015

Princeton travelled to Philadelphia to take on Penn at the Class of 1923 Arena - an always-hostile environment for the away team. Energized by a big crowd, Penn came out with a purpose. They zipped around in the offensive zone, applying a heavy forecheck and generating several chances from the slot. A few key shot blocks, one by Patrick Hompe, and solid goaltending by Graham Turk kept Penn off the board and the crowd quiet. Princeton struggled to get something going, kept to the outside in the O-zone for most of the period. However, with just over two minutes remaining, the Tigers took over in the Penn end. The puck eventually came to Christian Bischoff at the point, who took a shot that got through traffic. Drew Bennnett was there on the doorstep to clean up the rebound for his team-high 12th goal of the season. And just like that Princeton was up 1-0 going into the second.

Princeton slowed down the pace in the second period to stifle the Penn attack. The Princeton defense was impennetrable on odd man rushes, using aggressive stick and body checks to keep the Quaker forwards away from the front of the net. With 9 minutes remaining, Mac Hugin made a remarkable stop on a 1-on-1. He fired the puck down for what seemed to be an icing, but Drew Bennett was off to the races to beat it out. He overtook the chasing Penn defenseman at the blue line and got to the puck. Bennett threw the puck in front of the net, where a trailing Alex Vukasin passed to Ben Sorkin, who slid it over the goal line for thegoal. After Turk came up with a big 2-on-1 save, the Tigers maintained their strong play on defense with the 2-0 lead. Late in the period, a turnover left nothing between Antoine Crepin-Heroux and the Penn netminder. The junior forward took a few strides in, acquired a lock on his target, and whipped a wrist shot into the net for the third Princeton goal of the game.

Princeton expected an early-period surge from Penn in an effort to climb back into the game. The Tigers matched the intensity from the drop of the puck, and on the second shift of the period cashed in. Crepin-Heroux found the puck behind the net. Circling around, he issued a perfect pass to Matt Kelly on the back door, who one-timed it in: 4-0 Tigers. But just 4 minutes later, Penn responded to finally get on the board. A 2-on-1 developed for the Quakers. The puck-carrier forced Turk to commit and then slid it across to his teammate in front of the net who got a stick on it to put it in. The Tigers sured up their defense after that for the middle of the period. A Penn penalty put the TIgers a man up. Princeton held the puck for most of the power play. Just when it seemed like the game was iced, a turnover at the blue line gave Penn a breakaway, which the Quaker penalty killer converted on a quick wrist shot glove high with just 2 minutes left. Penn fed off the crowd's energy and again regained possession in the zone. A shot from the point deflected off a man in front and ended in the net, but the official determined the Penn forward had punched the puck and immediately called it off. Penn pulled its goalie with one minute remaining. Again it looked like the score was sealed, but a rebound on a shot from the point came to an unmanned Penn forward who put it in to make it 4-3. Unfortunately for those with a penchant for the dramatic, that was as close as Penn got. The Tigers didn't let the opposition get anywhere near the goal for the remaining 30 seconds and celebrated a hard-fought road win to get to 4-2-1 in CSCHC league play. The Tigers close out the weekend tomorrow night at home against Seton Hall.

Princeton Rounds Out Weekend with 2 Overtime Clashes

Posted by Graham Turk on October 18, 2015

To wrap up the weekend, both the Saturday and Sunday games required overtime. Saturday Princeton battled hard against reigning league champion West Chester. After a mid-first period score by Ben Sorkin, the Golden Rams countered with a power play goal. West Chester took the lead on another power play tally in the second, but Antoine Crepin-Heroux erased their lead with a quick wrist shot from the slot. West Chester took back control with yet another goal on the man advantage. The Tigers looked hungry from the drop of the puck in the third. At the 14-minute mark, the Tigers founf themselves with a power play of their own. Setting up in the zone, Antoine Crepin-Heroux issued a perfect pass to Alex Vukasin, who one-timed it past the goaltender. The rest of the 3rd period was filled with high-flying action. There were odd-man rushes and chances galore, but neither side could net the game winner. The 4-on-4 overtime period had a lot of the same style of play. In the closing seconds, Tiger netminder Coleman Merchant came up with an enormous save to preserve the tie.

On Sunday, the Tigers travelled to play St. Joe's. This one also required overtime, but this time it was all over in the blink of an eye. Sophomore Matt McKinlay shoveled the puck forward on the faceoff. Alex Vukasin swooped in and was off to the races past the defensemen. He made no mistake at the net, beating the goaltender to score just 15 seconds into the extra period to give Princeton a huge 4-3 OT win. Senior goaltender Kevin Lopez was stellar between the pipes to earn his first win of the season. Below are some postgame interviews on the bus ride back to campus.

Winning goaltender Kevin Lopez on his hot glove hand after the 4-3 OT victory.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Sunday, October 18, 2015

The fashionable Christian Bischoff explains his one-of-a-kind style.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Sunday, October 18, 2015

The overtime hero himself: Alex Vukasin offers insights into his game winning goal against St. Joe's.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tigers Outdueled by Millersville

Posted by Graham Turk on October 16, 2015

The Tigers looked to bounce back from the loss to Rutgers in a CSCHC battle against Millersville. Princeton came out with a purpose, establishing a strong forecheck and preventing the Marauders from getting to the net. Several odd man rushes proved fruitless; despite the strong start, the Tigers could not get on the board. Midway through the period a Millersville forward gained the zone and cut through the slot. He brought it to his backhand and took a quit shot across his body that surprised Graham Turk and ended in the back of the net: 1-0 Millersville. The Tigers fought to get back in the game but again were stifled by strong Millersville goaltending. Late in the period, a long shift in the Tiger zone resulted in a scramble in front of the net. The puck deflected off a Princeton body and landed on the stick on a Millerville forward, who buried the puck into an empty net. The Tigers were down 0-2 after the unfortunate bounce. It looked like it would stay that way for the rest of the period until Alex Vukasin made a charge through the neutral zone, across the front of the net, and roofed a backhand top shelf to make it 1-2.

Millersville stepped up its play in the second period. The developed a strong break out with passes up the middle of the ice to slice through the Princeton forecheck. Turk denied several odd man rushes including a breakaway with a wicked glove save. Princeton struggled to put pucks on net in a few 2-on-1 chances. In the defensive end, Millersville was able to hold the puck for minutes at a time and offered 13 shots total to Princeton's 6. Princeton forwards, highlighted by the strong play of Matt McKinlay and Peter Kuenne, battled to get pucks out and block shots.

The Tigers were in a familiar position down a goal going into the period. In the first 5 minutes it looked like they might tie it up. But several key saves by the Millersville netminder held the score at 1-2. Princeton then killed off consecutive penalties with gritty efforts from the Princeton defenseen. The middle of the period went back and forth between the teams as the score remained deadlocked. Freshman Ryan Gizzie, playing with the flu, was stellar on defense, breaking up numerous odd man rushes. At the 5 minute mark, Princeton went down a man. It didn't take Millersville long to capitalize; after winning the faceoff, a Marauder passed it to a teammate in front of the net, who one-timed it in for the 3-1 lead. Princeton made one last desperate push to score but couldn't catch a break in the O-zone and fell 1-3. They play tomorrow night against West Chester hoping to get back in the win column.

Princeton Comes Up Short Against Rutgers

Posted by Graham Turk on October 10, 2015

Princeton faced Rutgers in its second game of the weekend. The first period was packed with tight neutral zone play. There were only 14 combined shots in the period, but both goalies, Kevin Lopez in net for Princeton, had to be sharp. Lopez shut the door on several Rutgers chances, helping to kill off 2 penalties. The opening minutes of the second period had more of the same style of play. There wasn't much room for either team to work with as both teams played physically. At the 15 minute mark, Princeton went down a man for a slashing penalty. Midway through the man advantage, a Rutgers forward retrieved the puck in the zone and saucered it through the slot. A Scarlet Knight forward one-timed the puck into the net to finally break the tie. Princeton fought to regain momentum and went on the offensive. Despite registering 19 shots in the period, they were unable to put one past the Rutgers netminder. Just as the period was winding down, a turnover at the blue line resulted in a Rutgers break-away. The forward deked right, left, and scored before the buzzer sounded for the all-important insurance goal.

The Tigers, familiar with overcoming third period deficits, came out determined to repeat history. However a quick Rugers goal (just 30 seconds in) quelled their energy and put them in an 0-3 hole. But Princeton was not done yet. At 15 minutes, Drew Bennett picked up a Peter Kuenne pass and drove to the net. He pulled one of his signature dekes and buried the goal to cut the deficit to 2. Then, at 10 minutes, Antoine Crepin-Heroux crossed the opposing blue line and snapped a shot. The puck was deflected high into the air and somehow went over the goalie's head and into the net. At 2-3, the Tigers were hungry for the tying goal. They pressed on the forecheck and earned several odd-man rush chances, but couldn't cash in. A few huge saves by Kevin Lopez kept the score where it stood. At 2:45 left in the period, the Tigers were given a powerplay on a tripping penalty. Setting up in the zone, they were kept to the perimeter and unable to get pucks to the net. With Lopez pulled for the extra attacker, the Tigers made one last push for the tie, but the Rutgers defense closed the door to hold on. It was a valiant comeback effort despite the disappointing result. Princeton looks to learn from the loss next when they face Millersville on Friday night.

Tiger Score 3 Unanswered to Oust Monmouth

Posted by Graham Turk on October 9, 2015

Princeton took the stage against new league member Monmouth on Friday night at Baker. The Tigers looked sharp in the opening minutes, and their efforts were rewarded at the 14-minute mark. Drew Bennett took a pass from Alex Vukasin and cut to the net. After waiting out the goalie he chipped the puck into an empty net. The rest of the period underscored the importance of special teams at the college level. Princeton took 3 penalties, which were all converted into Monmouth power play goals. The first came at the 11 minute mark - a rebound in front deflected off a Monmouth stick into the net. The second resulted from a huge scramble in front of the net. And the third came on a back door put-in. Despite playing well at even-strength, Princeton faced a 2 goal deficit at the end of the eriod.

Monmouth came out strong in the second period. They had long stretches of puck possession in the offensive zone, offering an eventual total of 14 shots on the period. The Hawks also had several prime scoring opportunities on odd-man rushes. However, the Tiger defense and goaltending, with Graham Turk in net, kept the opposition from registering a tally. Turk made several key saves on shots from in close. At the end of ther period, after Princeton had fended off a surge, Drew Bennett picked up the puck in the neutral zone and slid it across to Peter Kuenne. Kuenne took two strides, then wound up from far and blasted a slap shot past the Monmouth netminder to cut the deficit in half heading into the third.

Princeton did a much better job defensively to open the third. They kept Monmouth away from the net area and began to generate some quality chances. However they were unable to put one past the Monmouth goaltender. The clock ticked off valuable minutes. The Tigers were unable to convert on back to back power plays and it seemed like they would come up short this time. Then, with just under 6 minutes remaining, Drew Bennett picked up a pass while in motion from Patrick Hompe. He bead the defender wide with speed, then dragged it from his backhand to his forehand to fool the goaltender and net the all-important tying goal. Bennett wasn't finished. On his next shift, now with 3 minutes remaining, he entered the zone with speed. First bringing it to his forehand, he whipped a wrist shot over the goaltender's glove for the 4-3 lead. After a Monmouth timeout, the Tigers took a penalty in the offensive zone. With so much previous sucess on the man advantage it was Monmouth's golden opportunity to tie up the score. But superb penalty killing by the Tigers, especially John Marshall, shut down the PP as the clock wound down to 30 seconds. After one last faceoff win, the Tigers cleared it for good to close out the Hawks in dramatic fashion. The Tigers improve to 3-1 in league play and 5-2 overall. Junior goaltender Graham Turk finished with 41 saves for his 4th win of the season.

Tigers Hold Off NJIT for 5-4 Victory

Posted by Graham Turk on October 4, 2015

Bus interview with freshman defenseman Ryan Gizzie. Gizzie tallied his first goal as a Tiger in a 5-4 win against NJIT last weekend.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Monday, October 12, 2015

Princeton looked to bounce back from a 3-5 loss to Penn as they took on the NJIT Highlanders at the Prudential Center. Princeton, playing with just 7 forwards and 4 defenseman, opened up the game with a bang. Antoine Crepin-Heroux slipped through the opposing defense and found twine with a wicked wrister. Just minutes later it appeared that Princeton had taken a 2-0 lead on a bizarre play but the goal was called off. NJIT took advantage of it the situation and tied up the game shortly thereafter with an odd man rush deflection goal. Princeton shook off the unfortunate bounce and played a strong rest of the period. However, in the closing seconds, a scramble in front of the Princeton net led to another NJIT tally. Down 1-2, the Tigers hoped to retake control entering the locker room.

Princeton wasted no time in the second period. Working from behind the goal line, junior Peter Kuenne fed Matt Kelly in the slot, who banged it in: 2-2. After some back-and-forth hockey, NJIT then went on the powerplay on a tripping penalty. Thwarted for the first minute, the Highlanders finally broke through on a pretty passing play, taking a 3-2 lead. Just one minute later, Drew Bennett warded off two NJIT defenders and flicked it over the goalie's shoulder. An interference penalty on NJIT put Princeton on the powerplay. Princeton gained possession off the faceoff and worked it back to the point. A blocked shot left a loose puck in the slot. Freshman Ryan Gizzie raced in from the point and buried a snap shot under the goalie's arm, silencing the crowd and sending the Princeton bench into a frenzy.

The third period featured a barage of chances for NJIT, as a tired Princeton group left it all on the ice to preserve their lead. Fending off an initial surge, the Tigers picked up the puck in the offensive zone and threw it to the net. A rebound came to the stick of freshman Robert Buline, who willed the puck past the goaltender for the all important insurance goal. Princeton was able to prevent scoring threats in the ensuing minutes. As the period came to a close, NJIT stepped on the gas pedal. The Highlanders entered desparation mode, throwing everything (pucks and bodies) at the net. But stalwart defense by the Hugin-Bischoff and Guo-Gizzie tandems was able to withstand the attack, helped out by an 18-save third period performance by Graham Turk. With 1 minute remaining and an empty net at the other end of the ice, the Tigers called a timeout to catch their breath. They were unable to get the puck out and NJIT cut the lead in half with just 30 seconds left on a rebound goal in front. The Highlanders had one last surge and charged into the zone off the faceoff. But Princeton had the answer, winning two pivotal loose puck battles and one final faceoff to shut the door and emerge victorious. The Tigers improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. They are back in action next Friday night against new league member Monmouth.

Princeton Falls to Wagner 3-6

Posted by Graham Turk on September 27, 2015

On Sunday, Princeton made the short trip north to the Prudential Center to take on Wagner. As a member of a different league, Wagner was an unfamiliar opponent. The Seahawks didn't waste any time to set the tone. In the third minute of the period, they gained possession in the zone and converted an opportunity from in front of the net to take the 1-0 lead. Wagner kept the pressure on and scored again just two minutes later to increase the margin to 2. Princeton settled down after the second goal against and fought back to control play in the second half of the period. Despite several chances, they were unable to get one on the board. In the second period the Tigers finally broke through when Drew Bennett found linemate Patrick Hompe, who snapped a shot past the goaltender. Wagner countered with a goal of its own 30 seconds later to bring the score to 3-1. Late in the period, Princeton found was it was looking for when Peter Kuenne showed persistence in front of the net and jammed the puck over the goal line.

Wagner came out strong in the third period and widened its lead with 2 goals in the opening 5 minutes. Captain Matt Kelly put one in at the 9 minute mark, but it was too little too late for the Tigers, who were dealt their first loss of the season. Princeton hopes to bounce back next weekend with two league games againt Penn and NJIT.

Hugin, Tigers Storm Back to Take Down TCNJ

Posted by Graham Turk on September 26, 2015

Postgame interview with junior defenseman Mac Hugin wearing the "player of the game" accessory after a 5-3 Princeton win over TCNJ.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Friday, September 25, 2015

The Tigers opened up league play against crosstown rival TCNJ. It was an inauspicious start for the Princeton squad, surrendering a goal just 20 seconds after the initial puck drop. TCNJ had gained possession in the zone and set up a man in the slot who burried a snap shot. The Tigers fought hard to swing the momentum back in their favor, but a mid-period goal by TCNJ off a scramble in front put them in an 0-2 hole. As the period neared an end, something clicked for the Tiger side. Picking up a pass from Alex Vukasin, Antoine Crepin-Heroux streaked through the defense and went bar-down to cut the lead to 1-2. The next minute, Drew Bennett found the puck on his stick after an incredible effort by freshman John Marshall to win the puck. Bennett snapped a turn-around shot past the goaltender to tie the game at 2.

Princeton came out in the second period hungry to take control. They set the tone with a strong forecheck and short shifts. At the 16-minute mark their efforts were rewarded when sophomore forward Matt McKinlay muscled the puck over the goal line to take the lead. On the ensuing shift, a Princeton penalty put TCNJ on the mad advantage. After setting the puck up in the zone, a shot from the point was blocked and landed right on the tape of a back door cutter. He lifted the puck over a sprawling Graham Turk to knot the game at 3 apiece. TCNJ capitalized on the momentum shift and dominated play or the rest of the period, holding Princeton to just 4 more shots. But the combined efforts of Graham Turk and the Princeton defense, composed of Bischoff, Gizzie, Guo, and Hugin, prevented further damage on the Tiger side.

The third period began with each team vying for that all-important go-ahead goal. Tight neutral zone play defined the opening minutes and neither team could get much traction in the offensive end. At the 14 minute mark, junior Peter Kuenne broke into full stride to retrieve a dump in. Kuenne stripped the opposing goaltender of the puck below the goal line and wrapped it around into an empty net for the 4-3 lead. A desparate push by TCNJ to score was met with a stiffling Tiger defensive effort and shutdown goaltending by Turk. With 7 minutes left, Hugin picked up the puck behind the net. With the vision of a clairvoyant, he snapped a pass from his own hashmark through the neutral zone to a cutting Drew Bennett. Bennett caught the pass right on the blue line, scorched down the middle of the ice, and deked forehand, backhand to fool the goalie and net his second of the night. With a 2-goal lead, the Tigers turned their focus to defense and gave up nothing in their own end. In the final minutes, TCNJ pulled its goalie to gain the extra attacker. But it was more of the same from the Princeton defensive effort, holding TCNJ off the board. Turk finished with 40 saves for his second win the season as the Tigers improved to 3-0 and 1-0 in league play.

Freshmen Efforts Lift Princeton Over Trinity

Posted by Graham Turk on September 21, 2015

Postgame interview with head coach John Bullis after the victory over Trinity.

Posted by Princeton Club Ice Hockey on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Princeton hit the ice Saturday night to square off against Trinity. The Tiger were unable to cash in on an early penalty but kept the pressure on. Strong goaltender by freshman goalie Coleman Merchant, playing his first game in a Tiger uniform, kept the score knotted at 0. With 6 minutes left in the period, junior forward Alex Vukasin took a pass from Antoine Crepin-Heroux in the zone and burried a wrister to put the home team up 1-0. 3 minutes later, the junior line connected again with a second goal from Vukasin, this time on a feed from Ben Sorkin. A Trinity goal late in the period halved the Princeton lead going into the locker room.

The Tigers went down a man early in the second and Trinity looked to tie it up. After a gritty clear by David Crane, freshman Drew Bennett raced down the ice and beat his brother, a defenseman on Trinity, to the puck, collecting it off the back boards and stuffing it in for the 3-1 lead. Bennett was just getting started. The teams tradeed goals in the next several minutes with Andrew Zhou netting his first of the season off a brilliant shot-pass by Ryan Gizzie. Two ensuing goals by Trinity resulted in a 4-4 draw going into the latter minutes. But goals by Antoine Crepin-Heroux and Peter Kuenne brought the Tigers' lead to 3 after 2 periods.

The third period saw an offensive outburst from the Tiger side. Early goals by Bennett and Sorkin widened the lead, while Merchant stood on his head to hold Trinity to 4. Bennett netted his third of the game for his first hat trick as a Tiger and freshman defenseman Ryan Gizzie picked up his 4th assist of the night. Merchant finished the game with a mesmerizing 47 saves for his first win of the year.

Sorkin Leads Comeback in Season Opener

Posted by Graham Turk on September 18, 2015

The much anticipated 2015-2016 season got underway Friday night at Baker Rink. The Tigers had a date with unfamiliar opponent Saint Joseph's. From the drop of the puck both teams declared with their pace of play that it would be a fast and aggressive game. Chances came for both teams in the opening half of the period but neither side could break the tie. A couple of sprawling saves by the Hawks netminder kept the Tigers off the board. At the 9 minute mark, a neutral zone turnover led to a fast break for St. Joe's. Streaking down the wing, the forward rifled a wrist shot into the bottom corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. Just 1 minute later the Hawks were back on the offensive. A shot came from the bottom of the circle and deflected off goaltender Graham Turk's right shoulder into the air and crossed the goal line. Just like that the Hawks were up 2-0. Despite a vicious Tiger attack, they were unable to pull closer and the period ended with the home team down a pair.

The second period saw a much improved Princeton forecheck. They established a rhythm in the offensive zone and limited the opposition to outside shots. 4 minutes in, the line of Sorkin-Vukasin-Crepin-Heroux made its first mark on the new season. Picking the puck up in the neutral zone, Sorkin beat the defenseman as he crossed the blue line. Staring at the goalie faking the shot, he slid the puck over to Vukasin who faked right, pulled to his backhand, and roofed it into the back of the net. And just like that, the lead was cut in half. The middle of the period was back and forth. The Princeton defense, made up of Hugin, Gizzie, Anderson, and Guo, shut down any hopes of a goal against. The Tigers had an all-important successful penalty kill in the waning minutes of the period and entered the locker room knocking at the door for their second goal.

The majority of the third period was marked by frustration from the home side. A hit goalpost by Hugin and several big saves by the Hawks goalie prevented a 2-2 tie. After an unsuccessful powerplay, the Tigers went down a man with 5 minutes left in the game. Just when it seemed like the Tigers might come up short, the penalty kill pair of Sorkin and Vukasin won the puck in the offensive zone with an agressive forecheck. Working from behind the net, Vukasin slid a pass to Sorkin in the slot who took his signature quick-release snapshot. Before anyone in Baker could blink, the puck was past the goalie, the score tied, and the Tigers holding all momentum. If there was any doubt in the power of a momentum shift, Princeton silenced it just 40 seconds later. After winning the faceoff at center ice, Princeton broke out from its own zone. The puck found its way to Alex Vukasin who carried it over the blue line. Antoine Crepin-Heroux took over at the top of the circle and fed Ben Sorkin. Sorkin worked some magic in front of the net to beat the goalie and take the 3-2 lead. The Princeton bench exploded. St. Joe's came out for the draw hungry to tie up the score. They gained possesion, but the line of Kuenne, Bennett, and Kelly prevented zone entry to perfection. With one minute left, the Tiger attack was back at it. Vukasin carried into the zone and passed to the guy in the rink who seemed to literally be on fire. Ben Sorkin fired a shot into the net to put an exclamation point on the comeback with a hat trick in the span of just 130 seconds. In the time, what might have been a strong losing effort was transformed into a thrilling come from behind victory in the season opener. At 1-0, the Tigers look to carry the momentum into tomorrow night when they face Trinity at Baker Rink.

Princeton Club Hockey Welcomes New Coaches

Posted by Graham Turk on September 14, 2015

The club hockey team welcomes two new coaches for the 2015-2016 season, head coach John Bullis and assistant coach Colin McCollough. John is a full-time Princeton athletic department staff member at with rolls as Assistant Director, Athletics Multimedia and Video Production. He has been playing hockey for 24 years. He played for youth travel teams in his hometown of Dallas and then for the Texas Tornado of the NAHL from '06-'08. He continued his hockey career at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls where he was an All-Conference defenseman. Colin has been a hockey coach for the last 12 years at various levels from house league through Midget Majors. He was president of Nassau Hockey League, which is based out of Princeton Day School, and was responsible for all operations of a 350-player coed hockey league. Colin has two sons who play hockey. His playing experience started on Carnegie lake and local ponds, then the Lawrence Flames, and he helped found a club level hockey team at his alma mater, McDaniel College in Maryland. He plays adult league hockey year round and his favorite team is the Noontime league, here at Baker rink.

The team couldn't be more excited to welcome John and Colin to the Princeton Club Hockey community!

2014-2015 Season Recap

Posted by Graham Turk on August 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 season was one to remember for the boys of Nassau Hall. Though plagued with injury and illness at the start of the season, the Tigers broke into October with 2 strong league wins against NJIT and Penn. The team carried its momentum into the Ivy League Tournament where they made an incredible push for the title. Undefeated in round robin play, highlighted by a 3-0 shutout win versus Yale, the squad of just 8 skaters faced off against Brown in the semifinal. In the third period, Brown stormed back from a 2-4 deficit to force overtime. The game remained scoreless through the extra frame and a shootout was needed to earn a spot in the final. Dazzling goals by Sorkin, Hugin, and Vukasin carried Princeton past the Bears to face Harvard. The championship game featured some fantastic hockey with Harvard holding onto a 1-0 lead for most of the game. Some late-game heroics by Antoine Crepin-Heroux knotted the score at 1 apiece, but the Harvard attack scored on the ensuing shift to sieze the trophy from the shorthanded Tiger team.

Without its full lineup Princeton struggled in November. A convincing 10-1 win in January and a thrilling 4-4 tie to top-seeded Millersville secured Princeton a spot in the league playoffs. The Tigers faced Seton Hall in the first round. Despite a valiant comeback effort, the team couldn't surmount an early deficit and fell 3-5 in the quarterfinal. Four members were selected to represent Princeton at the ACHA Division II All-Star challenge, where the CSCHC team put up an impressive 2-1-1 record against some of the top talent in the country.

We bid farewell to five seniors - Luke Amber, Adam Klosowiak, Brandon Lam, Cliff Bersani, and Kyle Douglas - and wish them the best in their post-Princeton careers. There are many returning players for the 2015-2016 season, which we eagerly await.

Four Tigers Selected for CSCHC All-Star Team

Posted by Graham Turk on April 2, 2015

Four members of the Princeton Club hockey team have been selected for the CSCHC all-star team. Forwards Alex Vukasin and Antoine Crepin-Heroux, defenseman Mac Hugin, and goaltender Graham Turk will be representing their league at the ACHA Division 2 All-Star Challenge, a showcase tournament featuring the all-star teams from various leagues in the country. The selection acknowledges dominant offensive seasons by Vukasin and Crepin-Heroux, who put up a combined 87 points. Hugin led the Tigers' defensive core and contributed 13 assists along the way. Turk played 1122 minutes and finished the season with a .905 save percentage.

Seton Hall Holds Off Princeton in CSCHC Quarterfinal

Posted by Graham Turk on February 20, 2015

In what proved to be the final chapter of the 2014-2015 season, the Tigers geared up for a playoff matchup against Seton Hall. The two teams split the regular season series, each winning at home. At the start of the first period, Princeton jumped on the opposition. Several early scoring chances proved fruitless, but the Tigers gained a powerplay three minutes in. Although the Tigers failed to convert on the man advantage, they held the puck in the zone at even strength. Princeton struck first when Captain Matt Kelly picked up the puck at the half wall, danced across the circle and roofed a wrist shot top shelf for the 1-0 lead. Under a minute after the opening goal, Seton Hall gained a powerplay of its own. After the Tigers had killed off a minute and a half, Seton Hall set up in the offensive zone, moved the puck to the hash marks and scored with traffic in front of the net: 1-1. Inspired by their tying goal, Seton Hall ramped up its energy and soon gained the zone on an odd man rush. One pass and one deke put the Pirates ahead 2-1. The very next minute the Pirates brought the puck in with speed. The leading forward curled around the net and fed his streaking linemate in the slot who buried the goal. Just like that it was 3-1. The Tigers were knocking on the doorstep for the rest of the period, putting 10 more shots on goal, but were unable to pull closer.

The second period began with Princeton eager to get back in the game. And it didn't take long for the Tiger offense to do just that. Ben Sorkin picked up the puck in the neutral zone and beat the defenseman wide with speed. He then made a perfect pass to Alex Vukasin on the back door who, for the 22nd time of the season, found the twine. Before they could blink, the Pirates' lead had been cut in half. Princeton pressed for the tying goal, and held momentum for the next five minutes. At the end of a long shift in the offensive zone, Seton Hall flipped the puck out of trouble. A Seton Hall forward won the race to the puck and, after gaining the zone, took a shot through the defenseman's legs that rang off the post and in to extend the lead to 2 once again. 4 minutes later, Princeton fell victim to the flip pass once again. This time the play resulted in a breakaway for Seton Hall, and the foreward beat Graham Turk on the glove side. Princeton was now in a 3-goal hole and desperate for a spark. But the Seton Hall goaltender refused to yield, making one sprawling save after another. The score remained 5-2 in favor of Seton Hall when the buzzer sounded.

The third period opened up with more flurries down near the Seton Hall net. Some shots were blocked, others deflected, and it seemed that the puck went everywhere edcept the back of the net. Princeton went on the powerplay twice in the opening half of the period but could not score. After fending off some Seton Hall chances, the Tigers gained their third man advantage of the period. This time they finally broke through. Sophomore Connor Grogan fed Alex Vukasin in the slot, who beat a screened Seton Hall netminder under the arm for his 23rd in as many games. With six minutes left to play, Princeton made one final push to even the game. With sustained pressure in the offensive zone and plenty of high-quality chances, it felt Princeton had a shot to come back. The Seton Hall netminder killed any such hope, continuing his stellar play and closing the door on all Tiger attempts. As the buzzer sounded, Princeton felt the disappointment of an early exit from the inaugural CSCHC playoffs. However, as the players exited the ice for the last time this year, they looked back on a season filled with hard work, happy memories, and great hockey.

Some notes for the season: Alex Vukasin tied Brooks Hallin's single season scoring record (in the statkeeping era) at 47 points. Freshman Dennis Guo led the team in games played, skating in all 24 games. Antoine Crepin-Heroux led the team with 26 goals, which now stands as the single season goal record in the statkeeping era.

Tigers Can't Thwart West Chester Offense

Posted by Graham Turk on February 14, 2015

In it's last regular season game, Princeton travelled to West Chester to take on the number two team in the league. The Golden Rams jumped on the Tigers early, holding the puck in the offensive zone for prologed periods of time and peppering Graham Turk with shots. But Princeton was able to withhold the initial surge with the help of strong defensive play by forward Ben Sorkin and defenseman Brandon Lam. The game remained scoreless midway through the frame. The Tigers gained their composure and began to generate some of their own chances, and the West Chester goalie proved up to the task. The Tiger penalty kill was successful on two attempts, led by defensemen Dennis Guo and Matt Kelly. At the 4 minute mark, a Tiger turnover at center ice led to an odd man West Chester rush. The initial shot was turned aside, but the West Chester forward got to the rebound and chipped it in for the 1-0 lead. By the end of the period, the Golden Rams had efforted 19 shots on goal but the margin was still only 1.

The second period began with a several flurries of chances at both ends, but neither team could convert. Then the defenses tightened up and it became a physical battle for position. The period saw very little even strength play after the midway mark. Eight penalties (3 for Princeton) resulted in frequent scoring chances for both teams. At one of the rare 5-on-5 moments, West Chester gained the zone on a 3-on-1 and converted the opportunity to extend its lead. 4 minutes later, the Golden Rams set up from behind the net and scored from a pass to front of the net area. With 26 seconds left in the period, and a West Chester player serving a 4 minute double minor, Princeton finally cashed in. Alex Vukasin ripped a shot from the slot through a screen to beat the goaltender on a feed from Connon Grogan. The score stood at 3-1 West Chester going into the third.

In the third period, West Chester ramped up the physical play. They established a presence in the offensive zone and 3 minutes in, scored from the bottom of the circle on a shot that deflected off multiple skates. Princeton then went on the powerplay. After several attempts were blocked, Antoine Crepin-Heroux took a slapshot that reached the front of the net. Waiting there was Peter Kuenne, who found the rebound, brought it to his backhand and roofed it top shelf to make it 2-4. Princeton made a desperate push to cut the deficit to one, but were by the West Chester goaltender. At 10:23, West Chester picked up the puck on an offensive zone faceoff and scored on a wrap-around. 2 minutes later, they went on the powerplay and converted again for the 6-2 lead. A final 2-on-1 goal capped their offensive outburst and Princeton could come no closer for the rest of the game. Late in the third, Antoine Crepin-Heroux took a hit to the head and had to leave the game. The Tigers hope their leading goal-scorer will be back in time for their first round playoff bout next Friday. The final score of the game was 7-2 Golden Rams.

The Tigers look to rebound in their final weekend of the season at the CSCHC playoffs.

Princeton Tops Lafayette, 7-5

Posted by Matt Kelly on February 8, 2015

Princeton grabbed a solid road win against Lafayette College in a non-league game on Sunday. For the second straight game, the Tigers mixed things up by separating the usual first line combination of Ben Sorkin, Alex Vukasin, and Antoine Crepin-Heroux. Newcomer Connor Grogan centered Crepin-Heroux and Peter Kuenne, while Sorkin centered Vukasin and David Crane. The new line combinations proved fruitful. Sorkin recorded a hat trick, and the Tigers battled through multiple lead changes to secure a 7-5 win. Senior Cliff Bersani also appeared in his first game for the Tigers, logging solid minutes on a line with Matt McKinlay and Andrew Zhou. Coming off of a two-goal game against Millersville, senior Luke Amber jumped in on various lines to keep everybody fresh. Junior Kevin Lopez started the game in net and finished with 33 saves.

The team concludes regular-season action this Friday against West Chester.

Princeton Ties Top-Seeded Millersville

Posted by Graham Turk on February 7, 2015

On Saturday night, Princeton took the ice against the first place team in the CSCHC, the Millersville Marauders. From the opening drop of the puck, everyone in attendence knew they were in for a fast and physical contest. Millersville had the upper edge in the first few minutes, peppering Graham Turk with shots. At the 6 minute mark, they broke through on a goal from the front of the net. Down 0-1, Princeton turned up the heat to get back into the game. Four minutes after surrendering a goal, the Tigers chipped it into the offensive zone. Senior Luke Amber raced to the puck and got to it before the defenseman, then muscled a shot on net that squeezed through the goaltenders legs and into the cage. Both sides edged to get the lead With some even-paced play in the next 5 minutes. At the fifteen minute mark, it was Amber again who broke the tie. A shot from Antoine Crepin-Heroux was fought off by the Millersville netminder, but Amber was right there on the doorstep to put in his second goal of the night. In the very next shift, Princeton set up in the offensive zone. Forward Alex Vukasin picked up the puck from behind the net, drove to the slot and fired a spin-around shot that found the back of the net. The Tigers held onto their 3-1 lead for the rest of the period.

Millersville opened the second period one the powerplay, but a spirited Princeton PK prevented any shots from reaching the net. Millersville kept up the pressure after the man advantage, and at the 5 minute mark, their work payed off. A forward took the puck to the slot and scored on a high wrister. For the middle part of the period, Princeton held Millersville to outside shots and maintained a strong forecheck. The Tigers had two powerplays which resulted in many good chances, but the home team couldn't cash in to extend its lead. With two minutes to go in the frame, the Marauders entered the zone on an odd man rush. A shot from the slot through traffic squeezed through to the front of the net, and the puck somehow found its way in after a collision in the crease. The score stood at 3-3 entering the third.

The final frame opened with fast-paced action at both ends. The Princeton defensive core blocked a slew of shots from the blue line, preventing anything from getting to the net. For a while it looked like the game would stay knotted until the final buzzer. Then, with 14 minutes remaining, Matt Kelly gained the zone and fed Alex Vukasin at the top of the circle. Princeton's leading point scorer fired a wrist shot at the net that beat the goaltender under the arm to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. After a hooking penalty called against Millersville, Princeton had a chance to double its lead but Millersville prevented another tally. With ten minutes remaining in the period and the Marauders back to even strength, a forward entered the zone carrying the puck. He took a hard wrist shot at the top of the circles that got past Graham Turk to bring the score to a 4-4 deadlock tie. With just under half the period remaining, both sides pushed for the all important fifth goal. The defenses tightened up and it became a conservative battle. An interference called against Millersville with 2 minutes remaining gave Princeton another opportunity to strike. But the Tigers were unable to net the game winner and took a penalty of their own with just under 30 seconds remaining. The game stood at 4-4 at the end of regulation.

Overtime began 4-on-4 with a man in the box from each side. After the Millersville player's penalty expired, the Marauders began a powerplay with the chance to end it. However, Princeton's PK once again shut down the attack, led by sophomore defenseman Mac Hugin. When the penalty clock showed zeroes, a sequence of wide-open play began. Millersville fired several shots toward the cage but couldn't convert. Then forwards Antoine Crepin-Heroux and Alex Vukasin stormed down the ice on a two-on-one. Crepin-Heroux slid it across for Vukasin but a last minute stick check prevented Vukasin from getting a clean shot off. Millersville applied heavy pressure in its final push to get the W, but the Tigers held their ground. When the final buzzer sounded, the score remained 4-4, enough to clinch a playoff birth for the Tigers. It was the first time all season Millersville had been held under two points by a CSCHC opponent. The Tigers will be back tomorrow against Lafayette and then again next Friday in the last league game against second place West Chester.

Princeton Goes Down to Penn

Posted by Graham Turk on February 6, 2015

Princeton took on rival Penn in a CSCHC showdown. Both teams were fighting for the final playoff spot, and Princeton had a chance to clinch a berth with a win. The Tigers were down a few key players due to conflicts, but those who took the ice came out determined. After a fast-paced opening, the Tigers broke through first. David Crane found himself alone in the slot with the puck and made no mistake beating the goaltender in the top shelf. With 7 minutes remaining in the period, Penn evened up the score on a power play goal in front of the net. Off the ensuing center-ice faceoff, the Quakers came in on an odd man rush and scored again to take the 2-1 lead.

Princeton entered the second looking to knot the game. After Brandon Lam drew a tripping penalty the Tigers set up in the offensive zone. However, a turnover at the blue line resulted in a breakaway for the Penn forward, which was cut short by a trip as he neared the net. The referee called a penalty shot, and Penn converted on a snap shot off the post. Minutes later, Penn widened its lead with a goal from the slot. The period ended with the scoreboard showing 4-1 in favor of the Quakers.

Princeton opened up the scoring in the third with a nice one-time goal by Peter Kuenne. However, Penn countered back with a goal from in tight, and then another on a shot from the point through traffic. A second David Crane goal to get it to 6-3 was the closest the Tigers would come. Penn had an offensive outburst that included 3 goals in the rest of the period for a 9-3 victory over the Tigers. Princeton looks to bounce back tomorrow night against first place and undefeated (in league play) Millersville.

Tigers Ring in New Year with Offensive Outburst

Posted by Graham Turk on January 18, 2015

In its first game of 2015, the Tigers hosted Seton Hall at Baker Rink looking to avenge a 4-5 loss to the Pirates earlier in the season. With a group of alumni behind the bench, the Tigers changed up their usual lines. Antoine Crepin-Heroux was matched with Zach Currier and Peter Kuenne. Ben Sorkin and Alex Vukasin stuck together, with Matt McKinlay on the left wing. Rounding out the forward lineup was the hardhitting foursome of David Crane back for his first game since September, Luke Amber, Kyle Douglas and Eric Naslund. On defense were the ever-reliable pair of Mac Hugin and Brandon Lam and the offensively minded tandem of captain Matt Kelly and Dennis Guo.

Just 40 seconds into the game, it became evident that the coaches were onto something. Peter Kuenne forced a turnover in the defensive zone and chipped it to Zach Currier who carried the puck up ice. After gaining the blue line, he slid it across on a pillow for a Crepin-Heroux one-timer that found the back of the net: 1-0. Princeton withheld a push from the opposition in the following minutes with big time plays from Mac Hugin and Brandon Lam. Then, at the fourteen minute mark, Sorkin found Vukasin in front of the net, who roofed it over the goalie's shoulder for the 2-0 lead. After controlling the pace of play for the next few shifts, Princeton struck again. Crepin-Heroux found Currier with a tape-to-tape stretch pass as Currier crossed into the offensive zone. With some shimmies and shakes only a lacrosse player could pull off, Currier deked out the goalie and found the back of the cage extending the Tigers' lead to three. The Tigers held their lead for the rest of the period, helped by strong pressure from Crane, Naslund, Douglas and Amber.

Entering the second period with the most dangerous lead in hockey, the Tigers were eager to widen the margin. Despite surrendering some good scoring opportunities early, Graham Turk kept the Pirates off the board. With David Crane playing on the Sorkin-Vukasin line, the group rushed the puck up the ice. Sorkin carried it low and threw the puck towards traffic in front of the net. It grazed off Crane's leg and ricocheted past the netminder for Crane's first goal as a Tiger. Just one minute later, Mac Hugin fed Crepin-Heroux on the breakout. With two strides into the O-zone, the sophomore forward let go a blistering wrist shot that went cross bar and in for his second goal of the evening. Five goals down, Seton Hall got the spark they needed from a two-on-one goal to get them on the board. On the next shift, a Pirate forward came in all alone on a breakway, but Graham Turk shut the door with a blocker save. Princeton refused to give any more way. In the next five minutes, the Tigers tacked on three more with goals from Mac Hugin (inaugurating a new stick), Antoine Crepin-Heroux (for his second hat trick of the season), and Luke Amber on a hustle play in front of the net. Crepin-Heroux added his fourth in the closing minutes with a shot from the slot. The third period saw one more tally for Alex Vukasin on an artful rush to the net. With a 10-1 victory, and multi-point nights from five different players, the Tigers earned two valuable points in the standings. Princeton will be back in action the weekend of February 6th, when they face rival University of Pennsylvania on the road in the historic Class of 1923 Arena.

Princeton Hosts Annual Alumni Game, Announces Team Endowment

Posted by Matt Kelly on January 16, 2015

Team alumni returned to Baker Rink on Friday and battled the current team for the Steve Macy Cup, a trophy dedicated to longtime coach Steve Macy after his passing last summer. Many of Steve's family members were present for the inaugural fight for the Cup. Big offensive nights from several alumni and strong goaltending from Greg Hyde '13 secured a 6-2 win for the alumni team. Kevin Lopez '16 was in goal for the current team.

After the game, University officials announced that several alumni have anonymously established a permanent financial endowment for the club hockey team in honor of Steve Macy. This gift will be of immense significance to the team's long-term sustainability. It is extremely fitting that the endowment is in honor of Steve, who did so much for the team in his many years as coach. The team offers its sincerest thanks to the alumni who made this remarkably generous gift.

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.