POTSDAM, N.Y. (2/8/14) - Freshman Fiona McKenna scored the unassisted game-tying goal as the Princeton women's hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie No. 3 Clarkson 2-2. Sophomore netminder Kimberly Newell made a season-high 41 saves in the win.
McKenna capitalized on a Clarkson turnover and rifled a bouncing shot that went in stick side on Erica Howe with 5:58 to play in the third.
Brittany Styner scored both of Clarkson’s goals as the Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the second period on a 16-4 shot differential.
Princeton had two 5x3 opportunities in the first period, as Clarkson committed three penalties between 11:15 and 14:09. Princeton itself committed three penalties in the first period. Newell and Howe stood strong as the first ended scoreless.
The Knights first goal came at 5:34 as Jamie Lee Rattray stripped the puck in the neutral zone and skated up the left wing. Rattray found a cutting Styner coming in off the right wing for the goal.
Clarkson scored again less than two minutes later, a 4x4 goal after matching penalties. Erin Ambrose controlled the puck in the Clarkson zone and passed ahead to Rattray in the Princeton zone. Rattray found Styner in front of the net and she found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Princeton came out hungry in the third period, outshooting Clarkson 15-12. Freshman Kelsey Koelzer’s fourth goal of the year made it a 2-1 game at 6:30. Senior Denna Laing skated the puck into the zone and passed off to junior Brianna Leahy. Leahy found Koelzer on the doorstep and she beat Howe for the goal.
After McKenna’s tying goal, Princeton was able to withstand a Clarkson power play in the final four minutes and forced overtime. Newell came up big for the Tigers in extra time making six saves as Clarkson outshot Princeton 6-0. She finished the game with 41 saves, her highest save total since Feb. 9, 2013 when she made 42 versus Cornell.
Howe made 24 saves for Clarkson.
With a St. Lawrence win over Quinnipiac, Princeton remains in sixth place in the standings, two points behind fifth-place St. Lawrence and three behind fourth-place Quinnipiac.
Princeton hosts Brown and Yale next weekend, Feb. 14 & 15 at Hobey Baker Rink.