Preview: Huskies vs Princeton (Mariucci Classic)

December 30, 2011

Preview

The Huskies begin their second half with a chance to win their 7th straight game when they take on the Princeton Tigers in the Mariccui Holiday Classic at 5 PM eastern.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Luca

Princeton enters the game with a 4-9-2 record.  The Tigers are 2-6-1 away from home.  In their last 5, they are 2-2-1 with wins over RPI and PC.   On offense, Jack Berger (6-5-11) and Rob Kleebaum (6-1-7) are the leaders.  Junior Michael Sdao (5-4-9), an Ottawa draft pick, is also one to watch.  Sean Bonar, a sophomore, has started 12 out of 15 games for the Tigers.  In those 12 games he has posted a .897 save percetnage and a 2.96 GAA.

Princeton is giving up 2.9 goals per game and scoring just 2.3.  They also have just a 17% Power Play.  Basically this team isn’t very good.  Which means they will probably give NU quite a battle if we have learned anything about the Huskies over the years.

For the Huskies, they will be eager to get back on the ice and back to work.  Mike McLaughlin should be about ready to return to the lineup, but where does he go?  It seems pretty obvious that the top 2 lines will not be disrupted.  Zak Stone could be the one who makes way for the Captain due to the fact that he is a center.  That would be a tough break for Stone as he has played really well during the win streak.   Alex Tuckerman, however, hasn’t done much of anything and he could also be the one sent to the stands.

This is another game that normally would seem like a perfect time for Clay Witt, but when you are on a 6 game win streak, the coaching staff probably isn’t looking to change up the goalie.  Witt will probably have to wait until the game against the USNTDP next weekend for his chance.

The Huskies are now scoring 3.1 goals a game while giving up 2.6.  The Power Play is up to 9.7%.  They need just 1 PPG in their next 8 chances to get to double digits finally.  Hopefully they can take care of that tonight.

The break came at a bad time for the Huskies, but they have a very good chance to pick up where they left off with this matchup.  If they have any hope of an at large, they need to take care of business tonight.

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