Three Things We Learned

Princeton dropped both games over the weekend, falling to Harvard 4-3 on Friday and 4-2 to Dartmouth on Saturday.

On both nights, the Tigers (2-9-1, 1-7-0 ECAC) couldn’t cap off late-game comebacks.

Here are three things to take away from the weekend: 

1. Lapses are starting to hurt

The Tigers suffered from several lapses in both games, preventing the team from playing a full 60 minutes.

“Every game there’s like five ten minutes that doesn’t go or we don’t focus in and then it ends up being the difference,” defenseman Tommy Davis said. “Especially since w’re young, we don’t have the high-voltage offense that a lot of teams like Harvard has so we have to be sure defensively 60 minutes, all the time.”

In the second period of Saturday’s loss, the Big Green attempted 27 shots. Fogarty called a span of that frame the team’s “worst seven minute span of hockey.”

“[We] just got to keep working at it,” Fogarty said. “It’s just again at Christmas time we’ll know and we have to make sure we’re coming off the Christmas break that we’re hitting with everything from this it’s a great learning for our guys to realize what we can’t do and then take from that and get better.”

2. A better offense

Princeton is on a three-game losing streak, but the Tigers have scored at least two goals over the past four games. It’s the first time this season Princeton has managed to score two or more tallies in consecutive games, and Friday’s win over Michigan State was the first time since March, 7, 2014 the Tigers recorded three points.

The Tigers are getting outscored 13-10 over the past four games, but were pervious getting outscored 21-3 over the five game losing streak. That included a shutout when Princeton was swept in the North Country, but Princeton has not been shut out since.

3. The possession struggle continues

Princeton has yet to outshoot an opponent all season long, and they’ve been getting out-attempted as well. On Friday, Harvard attempted 80 shots to Princeton’s 58. In Saturday’s loss, Dartmouth attempted Princeton  77-61.

Colton Phinney made a career-high 51 saves in the loss to Harvard, and followed that performance with 38 saves against Dartmouth.

“He played well,” Fogarty said on Saturday. “Our net front presence for their goals was awful. They’re whacking away at pucks and not one person was laying the body.

“It became a non-contact sport in front of Colton and that can’t happen. We have to protect him and keep pushing out and we did a lot of pulling tonight. For the first time I’ve seen this year, a lot of pulling.”

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