PRINCETON, N.J. (11/14/13) - The Princeton women's hockey team faces its first non-league competitors of the season as it hosts Hockey East teams New Hampshire and No. 5 Boston College this weekend, Nov. 15 & 16. Both games are set for 3 p.m., with a men's hockey game to follow as part of a double doublheader at Hobey Baker Rink.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton returns home after a sweep of Yale and Brown last weekend, outscoring its opponents 3-2 and 5-2. The Tigers have won their last three games and are 4-2 overall. Both losses have been to teams ranked in the top-10.
Leading the nation’s defenders and the Princeton team in scoring is Rose Alleva. Alleva has put together back-to-back five-point weekends. The ECAC Player of the Week on Nov. 4 has nine points on five goals and four assists. Sophomore Jaimie McDonell has three goals and three assists in her first season. Seniors Sally Butler and Gabie Figueroa also have six points with all of Figueroa’s coming on assists to lead the team in that category. The Tigers have two capable netminders in sophomore Kimberly Newell and junior Ashley Holt. Newell is 3-2 and won both games last weekend. She sports an .887 save percentage and a 3.47 goals against average. Holt has played in two games and has a .952 save percentage and a 1.21 GAA.
Princeton/New Hampshire Series
New Hampshire holds a large lead in the series, 38-5-2 since the teams first met in 1981. Four of the Tigers’ five wins have come at Hobey Baker Rink and the fifth was in 2007 in Durham. The Wildcats, who have not been to Baker since 2003, won the last meeting, 3-1 in 2011.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire is 6-4-2 on the season and coming off of a 3-3 tie at Vermont on Sunday. The Wildcats average 2.75 goals per game and allow 2.50 gpg. The team’s power play is one of the best nationally, converting on 13 of 58 attempts for 22.4%. The penalty killing unit is 56 of 66 for 84.8%.
Senior Nicole Gifford sits atop the scoring column with 10 points on six goals and four assists. Half of her goals have come on the power play. Freshman Cassandra Vilgrain is right behind her with eight points on four goals and assists each. Junior Hannah Armstrong and Sara Carlson each chip in seven points with Carlson collecting a team-best six helpers. Two sophomore goaltenders have played this season for the Wildcats. Vilma Vaattovaara has started in nine of 12 games and has a 5-2-2 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA. Marie-Eve Jean has seen action in two games and has an .860 save percentage and a 3.55 GAA.
Princeton/Boston College Series
Princeton has a 17-1-6 edge in the all-time series with Boston College since the team’s first met in 1982. The Eagles single win was in the last game, in 2011 in Chestnut Hill. BC took a 6-1 game as the No. 4 team in the nation. Princeton is 8-0-3 when hosting BC at Hobey Baker Rink.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College comes into the weekend with a 9-2 overall record and No. 5 national ranking. The Eagles have won their last four games and coming off of a 6-1 win versus Northeastern from Sunday. The team averages 4.27 goals per game, 5th in the country, and is allowing an average of 2.27 (13th). BC’s power play has converted 8 of 56 (14.3%) and has killed 46 of 55 penalties (83.6%).
Sophomore Haley Skarupa is fifth in the nation in scoring as she leads the Eagles with 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists. Five of her 12 goals have come from special teams. Senior Taylor Wasylk has 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Freshman Andie Anastos chips in six goals and five assists, while junior Emily Field has seven goals and three assists. Twelve other players have a point or more. Senior netminder Corinne Boyles is 7-2 in goal with a .924 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA. Junior Megan Miller has seen action in two games and is 2-0 with an .846 save percentage and a 3.60 GAA.