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Princeton Opens with Blanking of Laurier

Stathos, Nomeland Combine on Shutout

— Princeton was projected to finish near the bottom of the ECAC this season by various coaches and media members throughout the conference.

Ethan Doyle, for one, could care less.

“I learned never to give much credence to those things,” Doyle, the Tigers’ speedy senior forward, said when told his team was picked 10th in the ECAC media and coaches preseason polls. “They mean nothing, historically anyway. When Yale won the league going a way a couple of years ago, I think they were 10th or 11th. The year we won the championship (1998) we were sixth or seventh, and last year we were 10th again, yet had we beaten Cornell last year, we might’ve been third. So, really, the polls don’t matter. The league is competitive every year.”

The polls certainly won’t matter to the Tigers if they consistently produce the effort they did Saturday in a 3-0 exhibition win over Wilfrid Laurier at Baker Rink. In Wilfrid Laurier, a Canadian University located about 100 miles west of Toronto, the Tigers faced a chippy, somewhat speedy squad that previously lost to Michigan and Ohio State by a combined seven goals.

In other words, it was a good test for a Tigers team that hadn’t yet played a match and features only six seniors along with a combined 16 freshmen and sophomores.

“I liked our effort, we tried to be as thorough as we could in every single zone,” said first-year Princeton head coach Len Quesnelle. “Prior to the game, one of my comments to the players was to get out there and have a work ethic, something we’re in control of, and to have a good, positive attitude every shift out. I thought this was a good step forward for the team.”

One of the top lines for Princeton was that of seniors Kirk Lamb and Shane Campbell, and freshman Drew Morrison.

Campbell (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) provided a physical presence and was nearly impossible to move from the front of the opposing net. He assisted on a goal by Doyle with one second to go in the middle period, and scored to make it 2-0 just 59 seconds into the third. Morrison utilized his speed and opened up space for Lamb, the most creative of the trio with the puck.

Lamb, however, was forced from the game with 11 minutes remaining because of a sprained knee. He iced the knee afterward and has been listed as day-to-day.

“Shane and Kirk have good chemistry, and they bring a maturity to the game,” Quesnelle said. “The reason Drew’s on that line right now is he creates space by getting on loose pucks.

“Obviously, Lamb is a big part of our team. But if he’s down and out for a week, two weeks or a month, that’s a challenge for everybody else to step up their game.”

Another strong line consisted of senior Chris Corrinet, junior Brad Parsons and freshman Chris Owen.

Very much like the Campbell-Lamb-Morrison line, this trio features size (Corrinet, 6-3, 230), speed (Owen) and grit. Corrinet, property of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, got stronger as the match progressed, and scored to make it 3-0 just 2:25 into the third, redirecting David Schneider’s shot from the point three seconds after a Princeton power play expired.

“The line brings a bit of everything,” Quesnelle said. “Brad and Chris played together some last year, and Chris Owen is a real clever, skilled forward. They’re all from Massachusetts so they’ve got some chemistry automatically even before they get on the ice. Between the three of them, it’s a nice combination.”

Doyle and junior Josh Roberts also had strong efforts. Doyle was a key to the penalty kill, helping hold Laurier scoreless in four opportunities. Roberts hustled throughout, finishing checks and fighting through people for position.

“Ethan’s experienced in that situation — he’s killed a ton of penalties for us in the past,” Quesnelle said. “He’s willing to sacrifice his body to block a shot and he has good quickness — one of the basic ingredients of penalty killers, guys who can get around the rink quick and get spot to spot quick. He’s got real good spot-to-spot quickness.”

Junior Dave Stathos and sophomore Nate Nomeland combined for the 16-save shutout, although they were rarely tested as Wilfrid seemed more concerned with taking shots at Princeton players rather than shots at the Princeton net.

“They only had a dozen shots going into the third period,” said Quesnelle, whose team opens the regular season here at 7 p.m. on Friday against Niagara. “We did a good job of picking up in our own zone. We have more details to work out, but all in all, based on where we were last year at this time and where we are this year at this time, I like where we are right now.”

Scott Esposito covers Princeton hockey for The Trentonian.

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  • Patrick Oneill

    What are the chances ND will come east to Brudgeport?

    • RPIfan4life

      Not likely. Yale is the host team.

      • RPIfan4life

        Unless you mean Notre Dame instead of North Dakota.
        Jist estatic that Rensselaer (aka RPI) is in!!!

        • http://twitter.com/TammyNowotny TammyNowotny

          My prediction for the #1 seeds: Yale is going to Bridgeport, BC to Manchester, North Dakota to St Paul, Michigan to Green Bay.

          I live in NH and I have tickets, so I will only hazard a guess for that one regional: #1 BC vs. #4 Notre Dame; #2 Miami vs. #3 UNH

  • Khryx

    I think either ND going to Bridgeport is low with North Dakota being nil as RPIfan4life mentioned.

  • Und184

    Notre Dame is predicted to either play Union in CT or Merrimack in St. Louis.

  • Falcons Soar

    Where is the big RIT fan who was loving life as a 4 seed playing Yale. Before you get excited you might want to make the tournament. Oh well, congrats to the Air Force Academy…..

  • SpartyOn

    Bridgeport, CT Regional
    1-Yale vs. 16-Air Force
    8-Union vs. 9-Minnesota-Duluth

    Green Bay Regional
    2-North Dakota vs. 15-RPI
    7-Denver vs. 10-Western Michigan

    Manchester, NH Regional
    4-Miami vs. 13-New Hampshire
    6-Merrimack vs. 11-Notre Dame

    St. Louis Regional
    3-Boston College vs. 14-Colorado College
    5-Michigan vs. 12-Nebraska-Omaha

    • Khryx

      Sparty, this assumes that UND wins. The picture is a bit different if Denver pulls out the OT win. Assuming UND wins, I agree except that I wonder if they would swap AF and RPI for attendance/travel reasons.

      • LGR03

        Can’t swap RPI and AFA. You’d have ECAC v. ECAC in Yale v. RPI. You’d also have all three ECAC teams in one regional.

        • Khryx

          Good point, I don’t know what I was thinking…

      • http://twitter.com/TammyNowotny TammyNowotny

        Air Force would probably be a better school to move around for the simple reason that its alumni are everywhere. (Ditto for Notre Dame.)

    • Colgate fan

      If it’s like this, my Frozen Four is: Duluth, North Dakota, Miami and BC.

      • guest

        unh will kill miami take a seat

    • Benty1

      where do you come up with this? is it just a prediction?

    • Jim in Omaha

      I prefer UNO to Green Bay, since I have already rearranged my travel schedule to be in Chicago that weekend en route to Atlanta on Monday. But, I have family in Chicago as well, so the trip won’t be a loss.

      We’ll know tomorrow.

      • Khryx

        No matter who wins UD or UND, I have UNO in St. Louis against UM.

    • DU Fan

      there ain’t no way North Dakota and DU are in the same regional…

      • Timk

        UND fan here…Unbelievable after that game they punish us both…

  • Rensselaer-is-in

    Any chance RPI plays in NH or CT?

    • Khryx

      I think there is a chance if the committee doesn’t protect integrity and places RPI against Yale in Bridgeport (i.e. 1 vs 15). I don’t see RPI going to Manchester…

      • mdumont

        RPI and Yale are both ECAC teams and they will not put two teams from the same conference facing each other in the first round.

    • RPIfan4life

      Probably not. Yale is the host school (and can’t play RPI since the NCAA does not allow league opponents to match up in the first round and UNH will probably be the 4 seed in Manchester. Just one question: If they play in GB like SpartyOn says, what day are those games?

      • Khryx

        Northeast Regional: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H., March 26–27
        East Regional: Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn., March 25–26
        West Regional: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, March 25–26
        Midwest Regional: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis., March 26–27
        Frozen Four: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn., April 7 and 9

        Read more: http://www.uscho.com/ncaa/mens-division-i-ncaa-tournament

      • Khryx

        Green Bay is March 26-27

  • OTF

    Bridgeport – Yale vs Air Force, Denver vs W. Michigan
    Green Bay – North Dakota vs RPI, Union vs UMD
    Manchester – BC vs Colorado College, Michigan vs UNH
    St. Louis – Miami vs UNO, Merrimack vs Notre Dame

    I agree they don’t put Denver with North Dakota and with one swap they move Union away from Yale and Denver away from ND. UNH shouldn’t be a 3 seed, but if they want to keep BC close to home then UNH becomes the 3 seed and UNO drops from the 12 to 13 overall as the 4th seed in St. Louis. This configuration leaves 3 regions with a 1 and 3 seed from the same league. The only way to avoid that would be to move BC to St. Louis and reseed the teams like this:

    Bridgeport – Yale vs Air Force, Denver vs W. Michigan
    Green Bay – North Dakota vs RIP, Union vs NotreDame
    Manchester – Miami vs UNH, Merrimack vs UMD
    St. Louis – BC vs Colorado College, Michigan vs UNO

  • Timk

    Why would the powers that be punish UND and Denver by puting in same bracket and leave one regional devoid of WCHA teams? Are they afraid of an all WCHA Frozen Four? Which would sell out the X

  • Curious

    You say “bracket predictions to come.” Any idea on when?

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