January 20 | 7 p.m. | Class of 1965 Arena
Princeton (10-9-0, 6-7-0 ECAC) on No. 19 Cornell (10-6-1, 7-3-0 ECAC)
January 21 | 7 p.m. | Lyna Rink
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CRONIN SEALS OT WIN #12 PROVIDENCE
Jack Cronin scored 1:57 in overtime to secure a 3-2 win over No. 12 Providence at the Hobey Baker Rink – Princeton’s second win of the season over a top-20 opponent. Adam Robbins and Nick Seitz had the other two goals for the Tigers while defenders David Ma and Pitto Walton each had two assists.
BOSTON BOYS LEAD TIGERS PAST LIU, 5-2
Four of Princeton’s five goals last time out came from Boston Natives Liam Gorman and Ian Murphy each scored twice on three-point nights. Murphy had the first two and scored under three minutes each in the first and second periods. Gorman added the next two – including a shorthanded goal early in the third. Overall, nine of Princeton’s 11 points Friday night came from Massachusetts natives.
TIGERS CAP #HOBEY100 WEEKEND WIN 4-2 OVER DARTMOUTH
Before the second sell-out Baker Rink crowd of the season, Princeton defeated Dartmouth 4-2 last time out. Ian Murphy had a few goals while Liam Gorman had a goal and an assist. Nick Seitz had a goal outnumbered, and Nick Karabin handed out a pair of assists.
The Tigers enter the weekend No. 1 in ECAC and No. 5 in the nation with five SHGs total. Liam Gorman has two of the five shorties, also leads the ECAC and sits at No. 5 in the country. Princeton’s five shorthanded team goals this season are the fourth most in a season since 2002/03 and only Andrew Calof (3; 2010–11) has netted more SHGs in a season than Gorman since that 02/03 season. The Tigers have been 6-for-6 on PK in each of their last two games and are 13-for-13 on kill dating back to the end of the Dartmouth game. Princeton’s three straight games with a 6/1 SHG. until 1.17. are the longest streak of one-man games this season in the country.
AT THE LAST SECOND
Nick Karabin is on a stoker lately, having six points (1g, 5a) in his last eight games after scoring just three in his first 33 career games. He scored his first career goal in a 2-1 win at Colorado College (12/31) and had three assists in two games against Harvard and Dartmouth two weeks ago.
AHEAD OF THE EXPERTS
The Tigers, selected for 12th place in the ECAC Preseason Coaches Poll, will go fourth this week. Princeton’s 10 wins in 19 games this season is more than his eight in 31 games last season. The Tigers are one ECAC win away from matching their seven conference wins from 2021-22 and are 6-5-0 at home this season after winning 3-10-1 on home ice last season .
Jack Cronin has scored for five PPGs — which is No. 3 in ECAC and No. 17 in the country — and is second on the team with nine goals total. He has already blown away with his two goals from the 2021/22 season and his 14 points from 19 games this year is already surpassing his total points (6) from 23 games last season. His three GWGs lead the team and are ranked No. 9 in the nation.
AMONG THE NATION’S TOP TENDER
Ethan Pearson enters the weekend ranked 24th in the country in GAA (2.32), 27th in savings percentage (0.918), and 2nd in shutouts (4). Pearson’s four shutouts that season include Barend Van Gerbig, II (1959-60) for the all-time No. 2 in a season and one shy of beating the record five in a season set by Zane Kalemba in 2007-08 tie .
Next to captain Liam Gorman, the Tigers will also field his younger brother Brendan this season. The brothers join their father Sean as a Princeton hockey player. Sean is a 1991 Princeton grad who was drafted from college by the Boston Bruins. Both Liam and Brendan played high school hockey in St. Sebastian before joining the Tigers as true freshmen. Last year Brendan scored 49 points (11g, 38a) in 25 games with St. Sebs and became ISL MVP.
LITTLE BROTHER, BIG GOALS
Brendan Gorman leads the Princeton freshmen with 12 points (4g, 8a) in 18 games this season.
GORMAN FAMILY COMPETITION RACE
1. Liam Gorman — 28 points (14g, 14a) in 77 games
2. Sean Gorman – 23 points (5g, 18a) in 99 games
3. Brendan Gorman — 12 points (4g, 8a) in 18 games
The Tigers are expected to have six of their eight freshmen in the lineup tonight, and that group has adapted well to college hockey. Overall, Princeton’s eight freshmen have amassed 35 points (9g, 26a) this season — accounting for 25% of the team’s total points and 17% of its goals.
Princeton is 15-to-85 on the power play this season. Jack Cronin has five power play goals while Liam Gorman (3), Noah de la Durantaye (2 and Pitto Walton (2) each have multiple PPGs. The Tigers have PPGs in 14 of 19 games this season, including at least one in nine of their last 12 games.
LENGTH TO LIAM
Liam Gorman has found his goal in his senior season. Originally a draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago traded their rights last summer. He scored his first two-point night (1g, 1a) of his career on November 5 against Colgate and now has five multi-point games this season. After just 12 points (6g, 6a) in 59 games early in his Princeton career, he has 16 points (10g, 6a) in 19 games this season. In his last four games he has 7 points (5g, 2a) and has had goals in three consecutive games from 1/6 to 1/13.
DE LA SOUL
Noah de la Durantaye had 10 points last season (3g, 7a). This season he has 3g, 7a – including eight points (3g, 5a) in his last 12 games. He spent the summer with the Vegas Golden Knights at NHL Development Camp.
Ian Murphy is the top returning scorer of the 2021-21 season, in which he had 19 points with nine goals and 10 assists in his freshman sophomore season before running with the Vancouver Canucks as part of NHL development camp over the summer. He comes into 16 points (6g, 10a) in 18 games this week and is riding a four-game point streak (4g, 3a).
Adam Robbins had a breakthrough season in 2021-22, scoring 13 points (5g, 8a) in 31 games played. His totals blew his 2019-20 total of 2 points (0g, 2a) in 18 games. In 2020–21, Robbins won a Clark Cup with Chicago Steel. So far this season, Robbins has six assists — including five power-play assists — and 11 points overall. Robbins has scored in five of his last eight games, having gone 21 games without a goal as of 2/5/22.
PITO POCKETS POINTS
defender Pitto Walton turned a 6-point 2019-20 season into an 11-point campaign last year. This year he has set another career high with 4g, 12a for 16 points to share the team lead in scoring. He was named ECAC Defender of the Week for his efforts in Princeton’s sweep by Union and RPI and ECAC Defender of the Month for December.
Nick Seitz also had a breakthrough in the 2021-22 season, setting career highs in goals (3), assists (6) and points (9). This year he has gone on in 19 games with 11 points (7g, 4a). He has scored goals in three straight games, recording an SHG against Dartmouth and a PPG against LIU before settling for an equal-strength goal against Providence. He spent this summer teaching English in Ecuador.
PEARSON NAMED ECAC GOALIE OF THE WEEK AFTER TWO SHUTOUT WINS
Ethan Pearson made 25 saves for his first career shutout — and first career win — in a 3-0 win at Yale. To make matters worse, Pearson also picked up his first career point with an assist for Princeton’s first goal of the game. He then followed up with a 21 save shutout at Brown on Saturday. His work was named ECAC Goalie of the Week and Everything College Hockey Goalie of the Week.
REACH RANKED TEAMS
The Tigers have 19 wins over ranked opponents during Ron Fogarty, including a 5-0 win at No. 20 RIT and a 3-2 (OT) win over No. 12 Providence this year and a 5-4 win at No. 8 Cornell last season. Princeton have recorded at least one win against a ranked team in each of their last seven seasons.