Game Notes: Princeton Heads to Union for Quarterfinals Matchup

ECAC Quarterfinals: Princeton at Union
Game Times Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m., (if necessary) Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
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Series Info Princeton trails Union 31-22-7 (streak: 13 losses, 1 tie)
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Princeton is 15-4-3 overall and reaches the quarterfinals after topping Colgate in the first round series. This is the first time the Tigers have reached the quarterfinals since 2009. Sophomores and linemates Ryan Kuffner and Max Véronneau both have 34 points to sit atop the scoring column. Kuffner has scored a team-high 18 goals and adds 16 assists, while Véronneau has 11 goals and 23 assists. Freshman Jackson Cressey is the team leader in the assists with 25, while adding seven goals. Junior David Hallisey and Eric Robinson are also in double digits, as is sophomore defender Josh Teves. Senior goaltender Colton Phinney has started in all but one game, and has a .908 save percentage and a 3.04 goals against average.

Union is ranked No. 6 in the latest USCHO poll with a 23-8-3 overall record. The Dutchmen are the No. 2 seed in the ECAC with a 16-4-2 record, and are 4-0-1 in their last five games. The squad is led by the senior Mike Vecchione and junior Spencer Foo, who rank 2-4 in the nation in points per game. Vecchione has 58 points on 26 gaols and 32 assists, while Food has 22 goals and 34 helpers.  Sophomore Sebastian Vidmar, who played on a line with Vecchione and Foo at the beginning of the season, is 21st nationally in scoring with 14 goals and 28 assists. Sophomore Brett Supinski who took over the right wing position on that line is fourth in scoring, averaging 1.00 points per game. Senior Alex Sakellaropoulos is 20-4-2 in his 26 starts and has a .921 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA.

Princeton is looking to snap a 16-game losing skid in the series with Union. Princeton's last win against Union was in 2009, when the Tigers won 3-2 and 3-1 in a three-game quarterfinal series in Princeton. This season, the Dutchmen took a 7-3 game and a 4-2 game. Princeton was leading Union on Feb. 18 before two back-to-back power-play goals but Union ahead for good. Max Véronneau has the most points against the Dutchmen with four in four games. Ryan Kuffner and Josh Teves have three points in four games. Tommy Davis, who scored twice on Union on Feb. 18 now has three points in his six games.

Princeton and Union are meeting in the ECAC Tournament for first time since 2009. Princeton is 3-1 in the playoffs versus the Dutchmen. The Tigers won a first round game in 1995, and then took a quarterfinal series at home in 2009, winning games 1 and 3.

Princeton        Union
3.11 / 25th    Scoring Offense    3.85 / 4th
3.32 / 44th    Scoring Defense    2.79 / 26th
21.1 (28/133) / 12th    Power Play    20.9 (38/182) / 14th
82.9 (97/117) / 30th    Penalty Kill    81.9 (118/144) / 35th

Since the current format of the ECAC Tournament started in 2002-03, Princeton is 4-4 in quarterfinal games - reaching this round three times, and is 2-1 in the quarterfinal series. This is the highest seed the Tigers have been in the tournament since 2009.
2007    No. 6 Princeton at No. 3 Dartmouth    L, 2-6 and L, 2-3
2008     No. 7 Yale at No. 2 Princeton    W, 3-0, L, 3-4 and W, 4-0
2009    No. 8 Union No. 3 Princeton    W, 3-2, L, 2-5, W, 3-1

The lower seed has beaten higher seed 12 times in the quarterfinals series, since the current format went into effect in 2002-03 - out of 60 total series. Union has been upset twice in 2011 losing to Colgate and in 2008 losing to Cornell. Here's the full list: (2015-16 Dartmouth over Yale, 2014-15 Harvard over Yale, 2012-13 Brown over RPI, 2010-11 Colgate over Union, 2009-10 Brown over Yale and SLU over Colgate, 2007-08 Cornell over Union and Colgate over Clarkson, 2006-07 Quinnipiac over Cornell, 2003-04 Clarkson over Cornell, Harvard over Brown, 2002-03 Brown over Yale).