PRINCETON, N.J. (10/31/13) - The Princeton women's hockey team hosts Cornell and Colgate in its home opener at Hobey Baker Rink this weekend. The Tigers take on No. 3 Cornell on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., and Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.
Following Saturday's game Princeton will hold it's first of three Skate With the Tigers events.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton opened the season last weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard, going 1-1. The Tigers earned a 3-2 win at Dartmouth before falling 4-0 to No. 7 Harvard.
The Tigers had balanced scoring last weekend with three goal scorers, and no one player had more than one point. Freshman Hilary Lloyd scored the game winner at Dartmouth with classmate Cassidy Tucker tallying an unassisted short-handed goal. Senior Denna Laing also scored. Senior Sally Butler, senior Gabie Figueroa, junior Ali Pankowski and sophomore Jaimie McDonell had one assist apiece. Sophomore Kimberly Newell made 54 saves on 60 shots for a .900 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average.
Princeton leads the series with Cornell 40-29-3 and is 21-12-3 when playing the Big Red at home. Cornell is on an eight-game win streak in the series that dates back to 2009. The Tigers’ last win in the series was a 6-3 game in Nov. 2008.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the ECAC after wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend. The team opened the season with two wins over Northeastern. Today’s game with Princeton is the Big Red’s first game outside of Lynah Rink this season.
Cornell has the best scoring offense in the nation currently, as the Big Red are averaging 5.25 goals per game. The team allows 2.25 gpg. Cornell’s power play ranks fifth nationally at 29.2% (7/24) and its penalty kill is ninth at 89.5% (17/19).
Emily Fulton and Jessica Campbell are the national scoring leaders. Fulton has 12 points averaging 3.00 per game, while Campbell has 10 points averaging 2.40 per game. Junior Jillian Saulnier and senior defender Hayleigh Cudmore add six points each. Senior Lauren Slebodnick is the only goalie Cornell has utilized. She has a .920 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA.
Princeton owns a 21-7-3 advantage in the all-time series with Colgate since it began in 1980. The Tigers are 12-4-1 when playing the Raiders at Hobey Baker Rink. Colgate has gotten the upperhand lately with a 3-1-1 record in the last five meetings, including a 3-3 tie at Starr Rink and a 6-1 game at Baker Rink last year.
Scouting the Raiders
Colgate enters the weekend with a 2-6 overall record and is 0-2 in the ECAC after being shutout by both St. Lawrence and Clarkson last week at home. The Raiders opened the season hosting No. 1 Minnesota for a pair of games. The team then split series’ with Connecticut and RIT. Colgate’s power play is 4 for 50 (8%) and the penalty kill is 34 for 41 (82.9%).
Junior Miriam Drubel leads the team offensively with three goals and two assists. Junior Melissa Kueber, freshman Liz Trautz and sophomore defender Nicole Glass have three points apiece. Sophomore Ashlynne Rando and junior Susan Allen have split time in net. Rando is 1-4 with an .881 save percentage and a 4.12 GAA. Allen ranks in the top 6 nationally in both goals against average and save percentage. She has a .951 save percentage and a 1.47 GAA in four games.