Friday, March 20, 2009

ECAC Semifinal Showdown in Albany

Tonight, the men's hockey team will take on rival Cornell in the ECAC Hockey semifinals in Albany, N.Y. Look for live blogging of the matchup on the Prince website, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Princeton celebrated a quarterfinal series victory over Union this past weekend, defeating the Dutchmen in three games. In the decisive third game, the Tigers won by a score of 3-1. Junior goaltender Zane Kalemba has been playing particularly well, and he recently collected two awards: ECAC Player of the Year and ECAC Goaltender of the Year. In 31 games this season, Kalemba has a .936 save percentage and a 1.69 goals against average. Junior defenseman Jody Pederson also nabbed third-team ECAC honors for his efforts this season.

Princeton won the ECAC championship last season, and the team will be determined to defend its title against the Big Red. During the regular season, the Tigers lost to Cornell by a score of 1-0 on Nov. 7, but then bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Big Red on Feb. 7.

Leading the offensive charge for Princeton will be senior forward Brett Wilson, who paces the team with 10 goals and 15 assists. Junior forward Dan Bartlett and senior forward Lee Jubinville also have contributed to the Tigers' offensive attack this year, notching 23 and 21 points, respectively.

Players to watch for Cornell are forwards Riley Nash and Tyler Mugford. Nash recently received first-team all-ECAC honors and Mugford collected the accolade for top defensive forward in the league. Nash leads all Big Red players with 12 goals and 21 assists on the year. The Tigers will certainly have their eyes on these two players tonight.