After spending much of the past couple of months on the road, Princeton men’s hockey returns home to host Union and RPI just before breaking for finals.
The Tigers have struggled lately and lost four games in a row. Two of those losses were against Quinnipiac. RPI has been a surprise success story this year and is tied for third in the ECAC. Union has really struggled and is tied for 10th.
The Engineers head to Baker for a rare Thursday night game. RPI recently split a series with Miami and are 3-2- over its last six, with two wins coming over Arizona State. A big boost for RPI has been netminder Jason Kasdorf, who’s looked more like the Kasdorf of old. He has a .934 save percentage, which ranks 11th in the country. Riley Bourbonnais leads the team with 19 points and 12 goals.
Union has struggled for the past two seasons, and particularly this year. But, the Dutchmen have won their past six games. They are now unbeaten in their last seven games, including a tie to Harvard. Union’s only ECAC win over that stretch was against Dartmouth. Spencer Foo leads the team with 19 points and 10 goals. His classmate Ryan Scarfo also has 10 goals. Alex Sakellaropoulos has earned most of the starts this year and holds a .922 save percentage.
Meanwhile the Tigers have struggled to win over the past few games. But a stretch of losses followed one of their best periods of play in a while, where the Tigers took down Brown and Yale. Princeton is currently tied for seventh in the ECAC. Leading Princeton’s improved offense are freshman Ryan Kuffner and sophomore David Hallisey with 10 points each. Sophomore Eric Robinson has six goals.
All season long the Tigers have relied on Colton Phinney in net. He’s started every game this year and a has a .928 save percentage.