Thursday, December 7, 2017

Road Trips

TigerBlog learned something about the state of Arizona the other day: It's always on Mountain Standard Time.

TigerBlog has never been to Arizona. It's actually one of 13 states he's never been to, as he counted them yesterday. Maybe one day he'll fly to Arizona and then drive clockwise to Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and then back to Arizona, which would account for six of the missing 13 states.

Or maybe he'll fly to Arizona, go to a resort and sit by the pool. That might work better.

Anyway, Arizona does not use Daylight Savings Time but considers itself on Mountain time at all times. That means that it never "springs ahead," which means that it spends the months when everyone else is on Daylight Savings Times an hour behind.

If it's noon in Phoenix on the Fourth of July, it's 1 p.m. in the rest of the Mountain time zone. This means that it's the same time in Phoenix as it is in Los Angeles then. These days, it's an hour earlier in Phoenix than in Los Angeles.

This, of course, begs the question of why Arizona chose to consider itself on Mountain time, rather than Pacific time. Or why it's not Mountain time in the winter and Pacific time in the summer?

The Princeton men's hockey team travels today to Arizona, where it will play Arizona State tomorrow and Saturday. Those games start at 7 Mountain time, which is 9 in Princeton.

Arizona State is 3-8-3 as it plays in its third season of varsity men's hockey. The Sun Devils, like Princeton, both have a tie with Colgate.

Arizona State's roster has players from four countries, 11 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. The idea of adding hockey, TB supposes, was to build a program that would attract a wide-range of players who might be drawn to the good winter weather and then ultimately compete for an NCAA championship.

Oh, and here's a completely fascinating stat about Princeton men's hockey: The Tigers were ranked 59th (and last) in scoring offense in Ron Fogarty's first year as head coach; they're currently fifth in scoring in Division I in this, Fogarty's fourth season.

That's what you call serious progress.

The men's hockey team's trip to Arizona is slightly longer than the two that the Princeton basketball teams made yesterday. The women were at Lafayette, while the men were at George Washington.

Actually, the women were part of a doubleheader at Lafayette, followed by the Leopard men against Penn.

The women won 53-45 in a game that was never really all that much in doubt. Princeton never trailed in the game, and each time TB checked the score, it seemed to be in the eight to 14 range.

Leslie Robinson had 15 points for Princeton, along with seven rebounds and five assists. Bella Alarie had 14 points and 11 rebounds for another double-double (she missed one in the last game by having nine points and nine rebounds).

Alarie now has 497 career points, through 37 career games. Alarie figures to make a serious run at Sandi Bittler's career record of 1,683 points, a record that has stood for going on 28 years.

As for the men, the game at George Washington, if you followed the livestats, like TB did, then you also noticed that the commercial with Peyton Manning in the woods played over and over and over, every time you went away from the livestats and then came back.

Beyond that, it was another big night for Devin Cannady, who continues to get better and better as his junior year starts to move along. Cannady, who plays with unbelievable confidence and just oozes leadership in everything he does, finished with 23 points in a 71-60 loss.

Myles Stephens was the other Princeton player in double figures with 13, including a massive dunk that you can see here:

Cannady averaged 12.5 points per game for his first two seasons combined. This year, he's at 19.1 per game. That's a huge jump.

As a result, he's just short of 900 points for his career. He also moved past Dan Mavraides and into sixth place all-time at Princeton in three-pointers made in a career, with 167 right now. The five ahead of him?

In reverse order it goes: Spencer Weisz, Douglas Davis, Gabe Lewullis, Sean Jackson, Brian Earl. That's a who's who, by the way. Also by the way, all five of them are over 200 career three's, led by Earl's 281.

Princeton spent most of the night within striking distance of the Colonials but could never tie it.

Next up for Princeton will be Monmouth Tuesday night on Carril Court. It's the last remaining home game of 2017 for the Tigers, who will be on the road in California and Hawaii after that.

The women? They play Saturday at Quinnipiac.

Do you remember where the Bobcats ended their season a year ago? If you said the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, you'd be correct.

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