PRINCETON, N.J. (11/13/12) - The Princeton women's hockey program begins a seven-game homestand this weekend as it hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, Nov. 16 and No. 3 Clarkson on Saturday at Nov. 17. Game times are at 7 p.m., and 4 p.m., respectively.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is undefeated in its last three games, ending a three-game losing skid. The Tigers topped Rensselaer 6-5 last Friday before a 1-1 tie with Union. Princeton is 3-3-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the ECAC. Princeton averages 2.50 goals per game. The Tigers have allowed just eight power-play goals all season for a 78.9 percent penalty-killing unit. Senior Corey Stearns sits atop the scoring column with one goal and nine assists for 10 points. Junior Sally Butler has five goals and three assists for eight points. Seniors Kelly Cooke and Alex Kinney are next on the list with six and five points, respectively. Sophomore Brianna Leahy also contributes five points. Freshman netminder Kimberely Newell has been in goal for all but 17 minutes and has a 3.57 goals against average and an .899 save percentage.
Princeton vs. St. Lawrence
Princeton leads the series with St. Lawrence 27-19-3, since it began in 1982. The Saints swept the series last year, by scores of 4-1 and 1-0, ending a three-game win streak in the series for the Tigers.
Scouting the Saints
St. Lawrence began the season in an 0-5 slump but has rebounded winning the last six games. The Saints are 4-0 in the league with wins over RPI, Union, Brown and Yale. St. Lawrence scored 2.36 goals per game and allows 2.45 gpg. The Saints’ power play is 10 for 16, while their penalty kill is 36 for 43. Senior Kelly Sabatine is the team’s leading scorer with six goals and eight assists for 14 points. Sophomore defender Amanda Boulier had a team-high 11 assists and one goal for 12 points. Junior Rylee Smith chips in 10 goals. Sophomore Carmen MacDonald has started in all 11 games. She owns a .912 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA.
Princeton vs. Clarkson
The Tigers hold a 13-7-1 advantage in the all-time series with Clarkson. The series began in 1982 with Princeton win the first six games. The Green & Gold have won the last three meetings including 1-0 and 2-1 wins last season.
Scouting the Golden Knights
Clarkson is 10-2 overall and ranked No. 3 in the latest USCHO national poll. Its two losses were to Mercyhurst and North Dakota on the road. The Golden Knights are 4-0 in the ECAC, defeating Union, Rensselaer, Yale and Brown. Clarkson averages 3.50 goals per game (8th in the nation), and hold teams to 1.33 (4th in the nation). Clarkson has scored on 18 of its 53 power-play opportunities, a conversion rate of 34 percent (2nd in the nation). Its penalty kill is at 90 percent, allowing just six in 60 chances (7th in the nation). Junior Jamie Lee Rattray leads the Knights in scoring with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists. Classmate Carly Mercer has 17 points on four goals and 13 assists. Freshman defender Erin Ambrose has a team-high 14 assists and two goals for 16 points, the second-best points per game for a defender and a freshman in the nation. Senior Danielle Skirrow and junior Brittany Styner chip in 11 points each. Junior Erica Howe has started in goal in 11 of 12 games. She has a 1.37 GAA and a .941 save percentage.