PRINCETON, N.J. (2/15/14) - Senior Day didn’t go according to script for the Princeton women’s hockey team on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Hobey Baker Rink in a 5-3 loss to Yale. After the Tigers claimed a 3-1 lead, the Bulldogs scored four unanswered goals to end Princeton’s four-game unbeaten streak.
Prior to the opening face off, the Tigers honored their six members of the Class of 2014: Rose Alleva, Sally Butler, Gabie Figueroa, Katie Jones, Denna Laing and Olivia Mucha. But as soon as the puck dropped, it was the Class of 2017 that made its mark.
Just 2:57 into the game, freshman Hilary Lloyd capitalized on a Yale turnover at the Princeton blue line and transitioned to score the game’s first goal.
With less than a minute to go in the first period, Lloyd teamed up with classmate Fiona McKenna to make it 2-0. From behind the net, Lloyd found McKenna who slammed the puck past Bulldogs goaltender Jaimie Leonoff.
The Tigers couldn’t celebrate their two-goal cushion for long, though, as Jackie Raines provided an answer for Yale a mere eight seconds later to trim Princeton’s lead to 2-1. That’s where the score stood at the end of the first period, in which the Tigers held a dominant 25-5 advantage in shots.
McKenna, who had scored two goals in her first 15 games of the season, put the orange and black up by a pair again in the second period. This time, Figueroa fed McKenna from the point and the freshman finished with a slapshot for her second goal of the game.
However, just as had happened the first time McKenna scored, Raines responded immediately - 14 seconds later, to be precise, to cut the Princeton lead to 3-2. Yale freshman Krista Yip-Chuck then tied the game, 3-3, on an unassisted goal with 6:40 left in the second session.
Though the Tigers continued to test Leonoff, to say the least, Princeton couldn’t crack the junior over the game’s final 33:37 as she finished with 47 saves. Instead, it was Yale’s Raines who kept striking. Raines tallied her third goal of the game midway through the third period and tacked on a fourth for insurance with 4:28 to go.
For the game, the Tigers outshot the Bulldogs, 50-16, including 13-4 in the decisive third period. The 50 shots matches the team's season best as it had 50 against Penn State.
Princeton (13-10-4, 9-8-3 ECAC) concludes its regular season on the road next weekend. Before wrapping up the regular season at Cornell on Saturday, the Tigers travel to Colgate for a 7 p.m. face off Friday.
After the results of this weekend's games, Princeton will be on the road for the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Who and where they will play remains to be determined.