TIGERS TAKE TO CAMBRIDGE TO OPEN 2022-23
The Tigers are the last team in Division I to play a game this season, so the 2022–2023 season will begin for Princeton in Cambridge versus No. 13 or No. 14 Harvard after the customary extended wait to get the season started.
In Boston, the Tigers will be searching for their first win since March 2, 2013, when they prevailed 2-1 in overtime. On January 11, 2019, the Tigers defeated the Crimson by a score of 4-2 at Hobey Baker Rink, marking their most recent victory over Harvard overall.
CATCHING UP WITH RANKED TEAMS
During Ron Fogarty’s tenure as head coach of the Tigers, the team has won 17 games against teams that were ranked higher than them, including a 5-4 victory over No. 8 Cornell University the previous year. Over the past six years, Princeton has finished with at least one victory over a ranked opponent in each of those seasons (2015-16 through 2019-20; 2021-22).
Ian Murphy is the top returning scorer from the 2021-2022 season. As a sophomore in his first collegiate season, he posted 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists, making him the top returning scorer from that season. During the summer, he skated with the Vancouver Canucks as part of the NHL Development Camp. His nine goals are the most of any Tiger who will be returning to the lineup for the 2022-2023 season, while his ten assists are equal for the most among returning players. As part of his one-game ban for receiving a major penalty in the championship game of the playoffs in March of last year, he will be sitting out the first game of the season.
Adam Robbins had a breakout season in 2021-22, recording 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) over the course of 31 games played. This included a scorching start to the season in which he recorded points in each of the first four games he played (1 goal, 4 assists). His 2019-20 total of two points (zero goals, two assists) across 18 games was easily surpassed by his totals. Robbins was a part of the Chicago Steel team that triumphed in the Clark Cup competition during the 2020-21 season.
PITO POCKETS POINTS
Pito Walton, a defenseman, improved from a season with 6 points in 2019-20 to a season with 11 points in the previous year. His four goals and seven assists were career highs, and the night he had three assists against Yale on 11/6/21 was the highlight of his season.
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SPENCER ON FIRE
While participating in all 31 games of the 2017–2018 season, Spencer Kersten established new career highs in goals (6), assists (10) and points (16). During the previous season, he had a faceoff win percentage of 52%, winning 211 out of 406.
Also having a breakout year was Nick Seitz, who established new career highs in goals (3), assists (6), and points (21) in the 2021-22 season (9). This past summer, he was found in Ecuador where he was working as an English teacher.
DE LA SOUL
In his first season of professional hockey, Noah de la Durantaye recorded 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his first year. He finished the previous season with a pair of two-assist games (against St. Lawrence and RIT) and points in both of the playoff games that he played in. He participated in the NHL Development Camp with the Vegas Golden Knights over the summer.
LEANIN’ ON LIAM
The Tigers will be counting on senior Liam Gorman to make significant contributions to the team’s success. His rights had previously been owned by the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Chicago acquired them in a deal this past summer. Gorman starts the season having accumulated 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) over the course of 59 games. His three goals and two assists last season were both career highs for him (3).
This season, the Tigers will also have Brendan, Liam’s younger brother, as a member of the team in addition to Liam. As members of the Princeton Hockey team, the brothers follow in their father’s footsteps, Sean. After graduating from Princeton in 1991, Sean was selected in the first round by the Boston Bruins in the NHL Draft. Before becoming true freshmen with the Tigers, both Liam and Brendan skated for St. Sebastian’s High School’s hockey team throughout their high school careers. Brendan finished the previous season with St. Sebs with a total of 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists), which earned him the title of ISL Most Valuable Player.
PORTER SET TO CARRY THE LOAD
Aidan Porter, a senior who started 17 games between the pipes for the team during the previous campaign, appears to have the inside track on the starting nod to begin the 2022-23 campaign. During the previous season, he participated in both games versus Harvard. During those two games, he allowed a total of six goals while making 71 saves (a save percentage of.922) — including a night against Harvard on 2/18 in which he made 41 stops.
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