November 1, 2007
Fore and Score For Princeton So Far

By Joe Gladziszewski

References to golf are a no-no once a college hockey season begins. If you're on the links, it usually means your season has ended. Princeton's offense has carried the Tigers to a great start this season and there's enough confidence at this point to believe that this might be one of the longest Princeton seasons in recent years.

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Cam MacIntyre had three goals and an assist in Princeton's first game of the year.

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In three games this season, including two exhibitions against Canadian universities, the Tigers have scored 16 goals. Most impressively, 14 of those have come at even strength when there's less time and space to operate. Princeton scored five goals in the second period of a 6-2 win over Yale last Friday at the Shootout at Ingalls.

Bad luck or not, head coach Guy Gadowsky isn't shy about using a golf metaphor when talking about his team's offensive success thus far.

"We're not doing much different than we did last year, but scoring goals is kind of like putting. You do the same things and sometimes the putts fall and sometimes they don't," Gadowsky said.

For the Tigers, the goals are going in and keeping things simple is the key to success so far. Sophomore winger Cam MacIntyre has been part of the most productive line for Princeton, centered by Brett Wilson with Lee Jubinville on the other wing. They're different types of players, but what each brings to the combination makes for a productive unit. MacIntyre is the biggest of the trio, at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds. He said his job is pretty easy.

"Those two are unreal players, Jubinville has lots of speed and Wilson sees the ice really well. We have lots of chemistry and those guys are really easy to play with," MacIntyre said.

The sophomore winger from British Columbia recorded his first collegiate hat trick in the win over Yale and says that Princeton expects to keep its offense rolling, even with tough tests at Cornell and Colgate this weekend – teams that are among the best defensive teams in the league in recent years.

"As a team our philosophy is to attack, and to drive the net," MacIntyre said. "We think we can keep it up, getting lots of shots, getting lots of pucks to the net and driving the net for rebounds. We're excited to get the league season started off at Cornell."

Princeton has used the same line combinations through all three games with only minor tweaks. That's a credit to good health and good chemistry.

"We saw last year that some guys developed chemistry and we tried a few other things that have worked so far, and we've observed a synergy among the players," Gadowsky said.

The teams that play the best defense and get the best goaltending are usually the ones that end up playing well into springtime. Princeton's taking a bit of a different approach, and if the Tigers keep rolling along and scoring goals, making putts and tee times will have to wait until much later in the spring.


Under pressure early: Ivy League travel partners Dartmouth and Harvard certainly aren't easing into their seasons. Other than a few scrimmages and intense practices, they're getting right into the regular season with high-intensity games. The Big Green and Crimson open up with most people say is the toughest weekend on the ECAC Hockey schedule, games at defending regular-season and playoff champions St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

Harvard makes its official debut for the 2007-08 season at Clarkson on Friday at 7 p.m. and follows that up with a Saturday game at St. Lawrence. The Crimson won an exhibition game 6-3 over Prince Edward Island in which five different players scored.

Dartmouth won a home exhibition game against York, but then impressively defeated Vermont at Gutterson Field House last weekend. J.T. Wyman had two goals and an assist playing on a line with Nick Johnson on either side of freshman center Kyle Reeds.

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Brown at Rensselaer

It's the first ECAC Hockey home game of the season for the Engineers and that mean's its Black Friday. The Engineers are celebrating this event for the third year in a row, an event that emphasizes the start of league play in the first semester and serves as a balance to the annual Big Red Freakout! Fans are encouraged to wear all black to the game.

While You're There: Bring some bucks and bid on the game-worn jerseys that are worn exclusively for this game and are handed out to winning bidders on the ice immediately following the contest.

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To college hockey fans in upstate New York, who have to be thrilled about this weekend's schedule. From Plattsburgh to Poughkeepsie and Amherst to Albany, there's a game being played well within reasonable travel distance. All three of the New York travel partners in ECAC Hockey are home for two games each. RIT and Canisius play a home-and-home series in Atlantic Hockey, and there are seven Division III games taking place each night inside of the state line.

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Sure they've only played one game, but we'll send the slow starts by Cornell and Brown to the sin bin. With Cornell scoring once against RIT and Brown getting blanked by Yale, those teams rank 57th and 58th in scoring offense nationally. Only 58 teams are ranked, as Harvard hasn't played yet.


• In games against teams from other leagues so far this season, ECAC Hockey members are 14-9-0. Many teams have played non-league games against league members, and those games are not included in the aforementioned record.

• The Ithaca Journal previewed Cornell's season last week and provided an update on injured defenseman Brendon Nash.

• Rensselaer goes into this weekend's games against Yale and Brown with a four-game winning streak. In those wins against Army, Sacred Heart, Union, and Colgate, the Engineers have outscored their opponents 9-3, with two shutouts by Jordan Alford. In three of those games, the opponent had more power-play opportunities than RPI, but the Engineers successfully killed off 18-of-19 power plays against.

• St. Lawrence is defending a unique winning streak this weekend. In its home-opening weekend in league play in each of the last two years, the Saints have won all four games.

• Yale sophomore goalie Billy Blase entered last Friday's game against Princeton prior to the start of the third period and stopped all three shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. He then got the start on Saturday against Brown and earned his first shutout, making 18 saves. Blase was given the opportunity to play because junior goalie Alec Richards missed those games due to injury. Sophomore forward Sean Backman, the team's leading scorer last year, also missed those games due to injury.

• Colgate won just one out of four games against Quinnipiac and Princeton last year. This weekend, the Raiders celebrate their annual Silver Puck Weekend, making for a 3 p.m. start time on Saturday.

• Union won its first two home games of the year and is back at Messa Rink this weekend for games against Brown and Yale. The Dutchmen are recognizing two former players this weekend, 1986 alum Scott Richardson and 1985 alum Steve Baker. Richardson passed away over the summer and Union is re-naming its Unsung Hero Award in memory of him. Baker was the first Union player to play in the NHL and is being inducted into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame.

• Cornell's 4-1 loss against RIT at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester was the first loss in a Big Red season-opener in seven years.

• Clarkson goalie Tim Potter made his first collegiate start last week in a 5-1 loss at Lake Superior State.

• Quinnipiac got a power-play goal in the third period from David Marshall in a 3-2 win over American International on Tuesday night. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bobcats.

A variety of sources were utilized in the compilation of this report. Joe Gladziszewski can be reached at