Vol. LXII, No. 49
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
(Photo by Bill Allen)/NJ SportAction)
KAISER RULE: Princeton University mens hockey junior Kevin Kaiser streaks up the ice in recent action. Kaiser has scored six points this season, centering a productive line that also includes Brandon Kushniruk and Kevin Lohry. Princeton, now 9-2 overall and 7-1 in ECAC Hockey play, hosts Quinnipiac on December 3 in a non-league contest before going on break until after Christmas.
Coming into last Wednesday evenings game against visiting Quinnipiac, junior forward Kevin Kaiser hadnt scored a goal yet this season for the Princeton University mens hockey team.
Kaiser picked a good time to end his drought, tallying a goal in the last minute of the second period that proved to be the margin of victory in a 2-1 win over the Bobcats before a crowd of 1,455 at Baker Rink.
The humble Kaiser was not carried away by breaking the ice after going eight games without a goal.
In assessing what the Princeton University football team needed to do this fall in order to be an Ivy League title contender, Tiger head coach Roger Hughes boiled things down to three statistical areas.
The ninth-year head coach said the Tigers needed to improve their turnover ratio, be more efficient in the red zone, and increase productivity in third down situations.
Check, check, and almost. The 2008 Tigers committed only 12 turnovers as opposed to 30 the previous season as their ratio improved from minus-eight to even. Princeton had an 82 percent success rate in the red zone this fall, up from 71 percent in 2007.
Roster turnover is a fact of life in high school sports. But this winter, the Hun School boys basketball team is undergoing an extreme makeover.
The Raiders have lost nine of 12 players from a 2007-08 team that went 13-12 and advanced to the semifinals of both the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and state Prep A tournaments.
Nick Jabs showed last winter how a hot goalie can carry an ice hockey team.
With the Princeton Day School boys hockey team lacking depth to start with and then getting hit with injuries, Jabs was called on to be sharp in the crease to keep the Panthers in games.
Jabs rose to the occasion, producing one clutch performance after another as PDS finished 13-7-3 and advanced to the title games in both the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep tourney.
Last winter, the Stuart Country Day School basketball team made its living with a triple-threat backcourt that could outflank its foes.
With sophomore Diamond Lewis running the show and freshmen running-mates Amber Bowman and Jasmine Smarr lighting things up from the start, Stuart raced its way to a 14-10 season.
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