Princeton hockey hits the road this weekend to face Colgate and Cornell. The Tigers ((3-15-2, 1-12-1 ECAC) hosted Cornell and Colgate to start conference play in November.
Princeton defeated Cornell for Ron Fogarty’s first Division I victory, but dropped a 5-1 contest to Colgate. The Tigers are on a three-game losing streak against Colgate, and have allowed 14 goals over that span.
The Raiders (14-9-3, 6-5-3 ECAC) are on a four-game winless streak, and have one win over the past six contests. Colgate is coming off a loss and tie to rival Cornell. The Big Red (9-9-3, 7-6-1 ECAC) and Colgate are tied for sixth in the ECAC.
This was a promising season for Colgate, but injuries have hampered the Raiders. Junior Mike Borkowski, who was one of the team’s leading scorers last year, was sidelined for the year after tearing his ACL in November. Captain Spiro Goulakos was injured on Jan. 23 and will miss a few more weeks.
Tylor Spink missed half the season with an injury, but has returned, reuniting Colgate’s top line with his twin Tyson and Kyle Baun. Baun leads the team with 23 points. Charlie Finn has started every game but one, and holds a .922 save percentage.
Mitch Gillam has a .946 save percentage for the Big Red, and Cold Bardreau’s 13 points leads the team. Joakim Ryan is back in the lineup after missing eight games – including the November contest at Baker Rink. Ryan has seven points in eight games against the Tigers.
Princeton earned its third win on Jan. 28, defeating Army 4-1. The Tigers followed with a loss to Yale, and ended the road trip with a tie against Brown.
Jonathan Liau has emerged as Princeton’s leading scorer after recording a goal and an assist against Brown. Liau recorded three assists, a career high, in the win over Army and now has 11 points (4g, 7a).
Colton Phinney has started 19 games this season and holds a .911 save percentage. After allowing four goals to Yale last weekend – including two on a five-minute major penalty – Phinney was replaced by freshman Ben Halford.