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Vol. LXII, No. 50
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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BLOCKBUSTER: Princeton University men’s hockey junior defenseman Brad Schroeder, right, goes after the puck in action earlier this season. Schroeder’s skill at blocking pucks has made him one of Princeton’s most valuable defenders.

Sparked by Schroeder’s Pride in Blocking Shots, No. 8 PU Men’s Hockey Ends 1st Half at 10-2

Bill Alden

Most ice hockey players focus on skating like the wind or firing laser-like shots when it comes to fine-tuning their skills.

Brad Schroeder’s forte, though, centers on sacrificing his body for the good of the team.

The 6’3, 195-pound junior defenseman for the Princeton University men’s hockey team stands out at the art of flopping to the ice to block shots.

With Foster Emerging as Key Playmaker, Tiger Women’s Hockey Making Progress

Bill Alden

In her role as alternate captain of the Princeton University women’s hockey team, Christine Foster looks out for her teammates.

“The responsibility is that you can’t just think about yourself; you have to think about everyone else on the team,” said the senior forward from Burlington, Ont.

“You have to make sure that everyone is feeling good and has a lot of confidence. You need to get the team going for big games; that kind of stuff. You have to think more outside of yourself.”

With Addition of Promising Freshmen, PHS Boys’ Swim Team Has Versatility

Bill Alden

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team wasn’t severely tested as it cruised to victory in its season-opener last week against Hightstown, the meet was still a valuable learning experience.

With a roster featuring several key freshmen, PHS knows it needs to get battle hardened in a hurry in order to be a force when state tournament time rolls around in February.

“It gave us an opportunity to see the new kids in a meet,” said PHS head coach Greg Hand, reflecting on the 101-69 win over the Rams.

PHS Girls’ Hockey Wins Opener; Focused on Constant Improvement

Bill Alden

Jeff Schneider wasn’t pleased with how his Princeton High girls’ hockey team got out of the gate in its season opener last Wednesday against Pingry.

“I thought we came out a little flat,” said second-year head coach Schneider, whose team was clinging to a 2-1 lead after one period.

The Little Tigers sharpened up after that, outscoring Pingry 4-0 in the second period on the way to a 7-1 victory.

Led By Core of Battle-Tested Veterans, Hun Boys’ Hockey Off to Solid Start

Bill Alden

Steve Norman and the Hun School boys’ hockey team faced an opening night gut check as they battled Princeton High last Wednesday.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the early stages of the game, Hun found itself locked in a 2-2 nailbiter early in the third period.

Senior star Norman acknowledged that the Raiders felt a sense of urgency after PHS knotted the game with eleven minutes left in the third period.

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