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Laing Records Hat Trick in 4-4 Tie at Rensselaer

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 01/11/2014
Courtesy: Shelley Szwast
Senior Denna Laing scored three of Princeton's four goals.
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TROY, N.Y. (1/11/14) - Senior Denna Laing collected her first career hat trick as the Princeton women's hockey team tied Rensselaer at Houston Field House on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The Engineers rallied from a two-goal deficit and scored three of their four goals on the power play.

Laing began the game with something to prove as she quickly scored twice in the first 5:37. Her first goal came just 25 seconds into the game with help from junior Ali Pankowski and senior Rosa Alleva. Brianna Leahy and senior Sally Butler helped to set up her second goal at 5:37.

Mari Mankey converted on RPI's first power-play opportunity of the game at 9:19 of the first to make it a 2-1 game at the first intermission.

Freshman Cassidy Tucker delivered her second goal in second game to regain the two-goal lead for the Tigers at 4:14 with Leahy and Alleva earned their second assists of the game.

RPI converted on its fourth power play of the game at 12:26 of the second with a Toni Sanders goal.

Lauren Wash knotted the game at 3-3 just 2:24 into the final frame but Princeton quickly regained the lead less than a minute later with Laing's third goal.

Leahy picked up her third assist of the game and fifth of the year on Laing's short-handed goal at 3:13. The short-handed goal is Princeton's seventh of the season, the second-most in the NCAA, behind Boston College's nine.

However RPI would score on that same penalty as Heidi Huhtamaki put away a Taylor Mahoney pass at 4:37.

Princeton had two 5x4 opportunities, one midway through the third and the other in overtime but the Tigers couldn't convert for the game winner.

Sophomore Kimberly Newell made 28 saves for Princeton, while Kelly O'Brien stopped 11 for Rensselaer.

Princeton is now 9-8-3 overall and 6-6-2 in the ECAC and moves to fifth place in the league standings.

Princeton will take a two-week hiatus for fall semester exams and returns on Tuesday, Jan. 28 when it hosts Penn State in the final non-conference game of the season.

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