Mariucci Classic Preview: Princeton

Princeton rounds out the visiting opponents at the Mariucci Classic. The Tigers are just 4-9-2 on the year and will be the underdog in any matchup this weekend. Despite the poor record, Princeton will look for the upset if they play the Gophers at the Classic.

Princeton enters the weekend as the weakest team on paper. Although they could be overmatched against the tougher competition, it shouldn't be forgotten that the Tigers took home the Mariucci Classic title in 1998 beating the Gophers 4-1 and Boston University 3-0. Coming off 19 days rest, the Tigers will be rested and hungry for an upset or two this weekend.

Season to Date
Princeton has struggled in the first half of the year, going 4-9-2 overall and just 3-7-1 in the ECAC good for 10th in the conference standings. The Tigers have lost their last three contests and have not won since December 2nd against Rensselaer. Their best game of the year came against top-10 Union, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie.

Defensive Struggles
The Tigers have struggled all year to keep the puck out of their net. Princeton has allowed 44 goals in just 15 games, letting in an average of 2.90 goals per contest, second worst in the ECAC. With a number of talented scorers in the Mariucci Classic, The Tigers will need to limit opponents' shots on net if they want to pull an upset.

Sophomore Duo
Sophomores Jack Berger and Andrew Calof lead the Tigers in scoring this season. Berger has tallied six goals and five assists while Calof has added four goals and six assists. Look for big things from these young players this weekend.

Players to Watch
Sophomore-D-#2-Alec Rush: Rush is the lone Minnesota native for the Tigers. The 6-foot-2 Eden Prairie graduate will return to his home state for two games at Mariucci Arena.

Sophomore-F-#18-Andrew Calof: Along with his 10 points this season, Calof had nine goals and 24 assists for 33 points last year.

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