by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Guy Gadowsky
2006-07 Record: 15-16-3 (10-10-2 ECAC)
Key Returnees: Landis Stankievech F SR., Mike Moore D SR., Kyle Hagel D SR., Brett Wilson F JR., Lee Jubinville F JR., Zane Kalemba G SO., Jody Pederson D SO., Cam MacIntyre F SO., Dan Bartlett F SO.
Key Losses: Darroll Powe, Kevin Westgarth, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller, Max Cousins, Daryl Marcoux, Brett Westgarth
Princeton has improved slightly in each of the last two seasons under Guy Gadowsky.
"I was very proud of the guys," said Gadowsky. "We finished sixth and hosted a playoff series. It was a great year."
The question is, where is Princeton's ceiling?
After a 2-6-2 start heading into December, some thought that Princeton would be in the bottom of the league. However the team finished 13-10-1 and sixth place, and hosted Brown in the first round.
After that hard-fought series, the Tigers were swept by third-place Dartmouth to end their season.
Part of the success last year was due to the effort of freshman goaltender Zane Kalemba.
"He had a slow start," said Gadowsky about his now sophomore goaltender. "He came on real strong late in the year. He has a demeanor with a good work ethic."
So far a captain has not been named yet. But Gadowsky said "There are quite a few candidates." There is a small number of upperclassmen, so do not be surprised if a sophomore is one of the assistants this year.
Going into this season, nine seniors from last year depart. This year, the team will welcome seven to its class of 2011.
"I like what we have," Gadowsky said. "We have seven guys, but lost nine. We have more playmakers in this class than ever. These freshmen should get time on the ice this season."
This season with quite a few seniors gone, one might expect Princeton to take a step backward. However, with a good amount of talent from the underclassmen, one might step up and become a big player at Hobey Baker Rink.
"Our goal is to keep getting better and transition the young defense to the college game," said Gadowsky.