PRINCETON, N.J. (2/12/14) - It's the final weekend of the regular season for the Princeton women's hockey team, as the Tigers travel to face Colgate and No. 3 Cornell. The Tigers look to secure a high seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs as it travels to face No. 3 Cornell and Colgate on Feb. 21 & 22. Princeton can finish anywhere between fourth and seventh in the standings and earn between a fifth and seventh seed.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is currently in sixth place in the league with 21 points on a 9-8-3 record. The Tigers are 13-10-4 overall after splitting last weekend with a 3-0 shutout of Brown before falling 5-3 to Yale after holding a two-goal lead. The loss ended a four-game unbeaten streak for the Tigers. A pair of seniors lead the team offensively. Denna Laing has 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points, while Sally Butler has four goals and team-high 15 assists for 19 points. Junior Brianna Leahy and sophomore Jaimie McDonell follow with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Rose Alleva is the team's leading scoring defender, who has 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Sophomore Kimberly Newell is 11-10-4 in net and has a .906 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average.
Princeton owns a 22-7-3 edge against Colgate in the all-time series. The Tigers took a 6-2 game back on November 2 in the first game this year. Princeton is 9-3-2 when playing at Starr Rink and played to a 3-3 tie there last year.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate is fighting for a place in the playoffs. They sit two points out of eighth place with 12 points on a 6-14 conference record. The Raiders are 9-21-2 overall. The team is 4-2 in its last six with both losses to Cornell, one of which was in overtime. Colgate topped Rensselaer 3-1 and Union 4-1 on the road last weekend. Junior Miriam Drubel has 23 points to lead the Raiders offensively. She has 10 goals and 13 assists. Only senior Taylor Volpe has more goals with 11 and adds seven helpers. Sophomore defender Nicole Grass had a team-best 15 assists and has scored one goal. Five others have 12 points or more. Sophomore Ashlynne Rando has started the last eight games in goal and has 16 total starts this season. She has a 5-9-1 record with a 2.87 GAA and an .896 save percentage.
Princeton leads the series with Cornell 40-30-3 but has just a one-game edge when playing at Lynah Rink, 16-15. The Big Red have won the last eight meetings in the series including a 5-4 game on Nov. 1 at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton's last win was during the 2008-09 season, a 6-3 game in Ithaca.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell sits atop the league standings with a 15-2-3 mark and 33 points. With an overall record of 20-3-4, they are ranked No. 3 in the latest national poll. The Big Red have won their last six games, two in overtime, including the last game a 6-5 win at Rensselaer. Junior Jillian Saulnier has 42 points on 21 goals and 21 assists to lead the team in scoring. Classmate Emily Fulton has 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points. Senior Jessica Campbell adds 28 points on 10 goals and 18 assists. Five others are in double digits in points. Senior Lauren Slebodnick owns a 15-1-3 record in net with a .911 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA.