Top Line Powers Princeton Past Ryerson

Princeton men’s hockey forward Tucker Brockett sent the puck past Ryerson’s Troy Passingham to put the Tigers up 3-0 in the second period.

Two minutes later Brockett scored, again converting a feed from Andrew Calof. Brockett, Calof and captain Jack Berger — Princeton’s top line — finished with four goals in the 6-3 exhibition win over Ryerson.

“They used each other well, they didn’t throw pucks away [and] they were responsible with the puck,” Prier said. “They made some plays and I think that’s what led to them obviously having half our goals.

“They didn’t play a ton or anything like that or more than anyone else, they just did a really good job and when they had it they had chances.”

Aaron Ave and Michael Zajac added goals for the Tigers, who took 37 shots on the Rams.

“It’s encouraging to see that they’re willing to hold onto the puck more ad protect it, spin off checks and trying to get it to the middle of the ice,” Prier said. “I think we had a lot of real quality scoring chances that were generated from guys having the confidence and trying to make plays.”

Ryerson took 18 penalties for 76 penalty minutes, leaving Princeton with eight power play chances and a few 5-on-3 man-advantage opportunities. The Tigers took 14 power play shots and scored twice.

“You almost don’t want that many power plays in an exhibition like this, just because when you get up like that it’s tough to really work on it as much,” Prier said. “You’re not going to really put your top unit out there for the power play, you’re going to kind of roll it.”

Sean Bonar earned the start in net and earned 14 saves. Prier said freshman Colton Phinney, who was listed as the No. 2 goalkeeper in the win, will start on Saturday.

“It’s  difficult game to play for a g goalie when you’re not seeing a lot of shots,” Prier said. “And then when you do get shots you know they’re pretty high quality. That’s a very difficult game for a goaltender [and] I thought he did a good job.”

Princeton played without Kevin Ross, Garret Skrbich, Tommy Davis, Mike Ambrosia and Kevin Liss due to injuries. Prier said they are close to returning with the team.

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