After losing defenseman Kevin Liss last weekend, Princeton men’s hockey’s injured list grew to eight players.Tigers coach Bob Prier said the team will most likely take the ice against Union and RPI the same way they did against Michigan State — with 19 players dressed.
Against the Spartans, the Tigers had 10 forwards, a defenseman playing forward and six forwards skating along with the team’s goalkeepers.
“There’s a couple of question marks for this weekend but it’s not looking really promising to get anyone back. It’s Wednesday now and if we were playing tomorrow we wouldn’t have anyone back so that extra day, I don’t know,” Prier said.
“Two lines, four D and a goalie’s enough.”
Princeton forwards Andrew Calof, Mike Ambrosia, Jonathan Liau, Tyler Maugeri and Ben Foster are injured along with defensemen Tommy Davis and Kevin Ross.
“Having [eight] regulars out of the lineup is never fun,” Prier said. “But at the same time these other guys can step it up and it’s a nice opportunity for these guys to get put in situations that they haven’t been in the past.
“So it’ll be a fun weekend.”
Prier said the only forward who might play this weekend is Liau, who missed both games against the Spartans last weekend.
“He’s the only one that we really have a glimmer of hope for him getting back for this weekend’s league games,” Prier said.
Prier also gave an update on defenseman Ross, who has not played a game this season.
“If you’d asked me two weeks ago I would’ve said he’s probably not coming back,” Prier said. “But I think there’s a chance he’ll play after Christmas now, which is really good.
“He’s in incredible shape. He’s gotten thimself fit, he’s in the best shape of his life and he’s a heck of a player too. No one’s seen him play for almost a year but when he was playing he was certainly one of our top D.”