Princeton hockey travels to Dartmouth and Harvard for the last weekend of the regular season.
The Tigers (4-19-3, 2-16-2 ECAC) are locked into the last spot of the ECAC, but their play this weekend could determine where they end up for the first round of the tournament. The Big Green (13-10-4, 10-8-2 ECAC) are sixth, but just a point out of fourth. Meanwhile the Crimson (10-7-3, 14-10-3 ECAC) are tied for fourth.
These teams last met in December, when Princeton played in two close games. Harvard won 4-3, while Dartmouth earned the 4-2 victory.
Princeton is on a two-game losing streak, falling to Brown and Yale last weekend. Their play overall has picked up since finals break, and the Tigers are a better team than they were in December.
Dartmouth has lost two of its last three, dropping games to Colgate and St. Lawrence. Before the loss to the Raiders, the Big Green were on a six-game winning streak.
Eric Neiley leads Dartmouth with 26 points. Eric Robinson, healthy after missing last season, has 19. James Kruger and Charles Grant have alternated starts over the past nine games. Kruger has a .923 save percentage, while Grant has a .876 save percentage.
Harvard was hot at the beginning of the season, but faltered after winter break. Injuries haven’t helped, as the Crimson are without Patrick McNally, one of the team’s top blueliners. But Alex Kerfoot and Sean Malone are healthy.
Steve Michalek has been having a great season in net, and made a record 63 saves in a double-overtime Beanpot loss to Boston University. The netminder, tabbed as the top Beanpot goalkeeper, has a .924 save percentage.
Jimmy Vesey leads the team with 41 points, which ranks sixth in the country. His average of 1.52 points per game is third.
Scoring has been hard to come by for Princeton, which averages a nation-worst 1.38 goals per game. Jonathan Liau’s 14 points leads the team. Colton Phinney has started every game but one this season, and has a ,913 save percentage.