PRINCETON, N.J. (11/20/13) - The Princeton women's hockey team looks to extend a five-game unbeaten streak when it continues its homestand hosting No. 8 Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend, Nov. 22 & 23. Both games begin at 3 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is riding a five-game unbeaten streak, going 4-0-1 since Nov. 2. The Tigers are receiving votes in this week’s USCHO poll after a 3-1 win over UNH and a 1-1 tie with No. 5 Boston College.
Senior defender Rose Alleva leads the team in scoring on five goals and four assists for nine points. She is also the league’s leading-scoring defender, averaging 1.12 points per game. Sophomore Jaimie McDonell and seniors Denna Laing, Sally Butler and Gabie Figueroa all have sent points. Figueroa is the team’s leader in assists with seven. Sophomore Kimberly Newell, this week’s ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week, has started in seven of eight games and is 4-2. She sports a .911 save percentage and a 2.65 goals against average. Junior Ashley Holt is a solid backup with a 1.21 GAA and a .952 save percentage in 100 minutes of action.
Since the team’s first met in 1982, Princeton has held the lead in the series and is 14-8-1 overall. The Tigers won the last meeting, a 4-1 game at Cheel Arena snapping a four-game losing skid to the Green & Gold.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Clarkson is the fourth nationally ranked team Princeton has faced this season. The Golden Knights are No. 8 with a 10-3-2 record, and are 3-2-1 in the league. Friday’s game marks Clarkson first away game since Oct. 26. The team most recently swept Providence in a pair of games last weekend. The Golden Knight’s penalty kill ranks second in the league at 91.7% (22/24) while their power-play is second to last in the league at 9.1% (3/33). Senior Jamie Lee Rattray leads the team in scoring and is third in the league with 20 points. She has scored nine goals and adds 11 assists. Sophomore defender Erin Ambrose and seniors Carly Mercer and Brittany Styner have 16 points apiece. Styner has a team-best 12 assists. Senior Erica Howe has started in goal in every game. She has a 1.15 GAA and a .940 save percentage.
PRINCETON/ST. LAWRENCE SERIES
Princeton owns a 27-21-3 lead in the all-time series with St. Lawrence since the teams first met in 1982. The Tigers are looking to turn the tide in the series as the Saints have won the last five meetings, with Princeton’s last win coming on Jan. 28, 2011, a 4-0 game.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
St. Lawrence heads South with a 5-7 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the ECAC to sit in a third-place tie with the Tigers in the standings. The Saints have played all of the same teams in the league that Princeton has as well, with both team’s two losses to Harvard and Cornell. The team took a week off, playing McGill in an exhibition last weekend, after splitting with Harvard and Dartmouth on Nov. 8 & 9. The Saints have had some trouble on the road going 1-4. A pair of seniors lead the team in scoring. Defender Mel Desrochers has 13 points on four goals and a team-high nine assists, while forward Rylee Smith has five goals and seven assists for 12 points. Senior defender Dayle Wilkinson and sophomore Abbey McRae each contribute nine points with two goals and seven helpers apiece. The Saints have used two goalies. The team started the season with sophomore Giulia Mazzocchi in net, but she went 0-5 with a 3.12 GAA and an .899 save percentage. Junior Carmen MacDonald has played the last six games and is 5-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .923 save percentage.