Princeton Seeing Tangible Results

Rob goalWhen Princeton earned its second win of the season, the Tigers didn’t have a winning playlist ready. But after they swept Brown and Yale on the road, they did.

“Tonight the [boombox] was dead but we I think we do,” goaltender Colton Phinney said. “I can’t tell you exactly what it is because tonight it was dead.”

The two victories gave Princeton four on the season. Although Princeton could’ve had four more, with close games against Colgate, Cornell and Maine.

“It’s pretty frustrating when you’re so close in so many games losing by one goal plus an empty netter and that type of thing, not getting the bounces and what not,” freshman Spencer Kryczka said.

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Six of Princeton’s losses this season were one-goal contests, excluding a couple of empty net goals. Princeton was losing, but the team was playing well – and much better than last year.

“Now that we’re starting to see the results, it’s a great feeling and we’re only going to keep going from here,” Kryczka said. It’s just the first step in the rest of the year so hopefully we’ll jut keep on the hot hand here and keep winning games.”

The Tigers have now won three of their last five.

“[It] definitely feels good,” Phinney said. “We’re working hard, so it’s definitely nice to finally get the results. We’ve played well all year [and] now [we’re] getting some bounces so it feels good.”

Princeton’s improvement since Fogarty took over has been evident on the ice over the past year. The Tigers have one of the nation’s best penalty kill coupled with an offense that no longer ranks last in the country.

Now the improvement being reflected in the team’s record.

“You want those tangible results,” Fogarty said. “You put a string together of three straight ECAC wins, the guys get more confident and it’s easier to come to the rink. [It] makes it easier to continue to learn.”

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