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Vol. LXV, No. 1
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PALLIS SUITE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Derrick Pallis takes the puck up the ice last Monday against visiting Quinnipiac. Junior defenseman Pallis scored a second period goal to give the 19th-ranked Tigers a 1-1 tie with the Bobcats.

No. 19 Tiger Men’s Hockey Ties Quinnipiac 1-1; Extends Unbeaten String to 6, Takes 1st in ECACH

Bill Alden

Rediscovering the freewheeling mojo that has made it an ECAC Hockey power in recent years, the Princeton University men’s hockey team ended 2010 with a bang.

Piling up 40-plus shots in five of its last six outings, the Tigers ended the year on a five-game winning streak.

Last week, the Tigers culminated the 2010 portion of their schedule by winning a title, taking the championship at the UConn Hockey Classic.

Showing its propensity for winning games in different ways, Princeton overcame a 2-0 deficit to Bowling Green in the opening round last Wednesday to pull out a 4-2 victory.

Sparked by Johnson’s Scoring Outburst, PU Women’s Hockey Winning Streak at 5

Bill Alden

Julie Johnson didn’t feel too good as the Princeton University women’s ice hockey team hosted No. 5 Boston College last Friday afternoon.

“I woke up sick today,” said junior forward Johnson. “I had a cold.”

Despite feeling under the weather, Johnson caught fire for the Tigers once she hit the ice at Baker Rink.

Resilient PU Women’s Hoops Posts NC Sweep; Faces More Challenges as Ivy Campaign Looms

Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s basketball team, its trip to North Carolina last week turned out to be fraught with challenges.

First, just getting to Tobacco Road for the games at Davidson and Wake Forest became an ordeal. The December 26 blizzard that hit the east coast delayed the return of several players to the Garden State from the holidays.

The storm also cancelled the team’s flight south, necessitating a 10-hour bus ride to Huntersville, N.C.

Once on the court at Davidson last Wednesday, the Tigers quickly made two turnovers and fell behind 4-0. But rising to the occasion, the Tigers built a two-point lead going into halftime.

PHS Girls’ Hockey Fighting Uphill Battle but Remaining Positive as It Takes Lumps

Bill Alden

Christian Herzog knows that his Princeton High girls’ ice hockey team is fighting an uphill battle this winter.

“Realistically speaking, the other teams gained more than they lost from last year,” said PHS head coach Herzog, whose team is the only public school in the eight-member Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic (WIHLMA).

“Part of it comes down to the recruitment process; we have to take the girls who are here and recruit in house.”

Going with a mix of inexperienced new faces and a handful of veterans, PHS has struggled in the early going, getting off to a 0-5 start.

PDS Boys’ Hockey Plays Well in New England; Hopes to Harness That Effort as It Enters 2011

Bill Alden

As it headed up to New England before Christmas to play in the 40th annual William Barber Tournament, the Princeton Day School boys’ ice hockey team didn’t bring great expectations.

“We weren’t going up there with a good feeling; the confidence wasn’t high,” said PDS head coach Scott Bertoli, whose team stood at 3-3-1 coming into the event. “We had just lost to Montgomery High and had played poorly.”

But rising to the challenge of the traditionally tough competition at the tournament hosted by the Middlesex School and St. Mark’s, the Panthers played some of their best hockey of the season.

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