Women's Hockey Travels to Clarkson and St. Lawrence
GAMETIME: Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Princeton (8-10-1, 5-6-1 ECAC); Clarkson (6-10-3, 3-3-1 ECAC)
SERIES RECORD: Princeton leads 12-4-1 overall and 7-3-0 in Potsdam
LAST MEETING: Princeton won 1-0 on Feb. 12, 2010 at home
STREAK: 1 Princeton win
GAME 21: Princeton at St. Lawrence
GAMETIME: Saturday, Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.
RECORDS: Princeton (8-10-1, 5-6-1 ECAC); St. Lawrence (9-8-2, 4-3-0 ECAC)
SERIES RECORD: Princeton leads 25-17-3 overall and 14-8-1 in Canton
LAST MEETING: Princeton won 3-0 on Feb. 13, 2010 at home
STREAK: 1 Princeton win
PRINCETON (1/6/11) - The Princeton women's hockey team looks to extend its current five-game win streak this weekend with a pair of league games on the road at Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Princeton enters the weekend on a five-game win streak with shutouts in four of the five games.
The Tigers' current five-game win streak is its longest of the season and the longest since January of the 2008-09 season. Princeton is now 8-10-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the ECAC following Monday's 3-0 shutout over travel-partner Quinnipiac. Julie Johnson, Paula Romanchuk and Danielle DiCesare scored goals in the win and Rachel Weber stopped 19 shots for her fourth shutout of the season.
The win was Princeton's third-straight shutout and marked the 12th time in Princeton's last 14 games that Princeton has held an opponent to two or less goals. While Princeton's defense has been there, the Tiger offense has come on over the past five games, scoring 19 goals over the five wins.
Weber's shutout streak grew to 186:39 with the Quinnipiac win. Her goals-against has fallen to 1.78 and her save percentage now stands at .926. The shutout streak is the fourth longest in Princeton women's hockey history behind Roxanne Gaudiel (277:39), Liz Hill (249:34) and Kristen Young (235:43). Hill had four shutouts in her streak, while Young, Gaudiel and Weber each had three.
All six teams are back in league play this weekend. Princeton currently ranks third in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 5-6-1 record and 11 points. All league teams have played between seven and 12 games this season. The Tigers record stands a game under .500 but Princeton ranks third by virtue of having more games played. That said, only Cornell, in first place with an 8-0-0 league mark is more than two games over .500 in league play.
Princeton plays two teams right around the .500 mark in league play this weekend when it visits the North Country of New York State to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The pair rank seventh and eighth in the ECAC standings by points, but have five games in hand on Princeton and Quinnipiac.
Friday's opponent, Clarkson, is 6-10-3 overall and 3-3-1 in ECAC Hockey. The Golden Knights haven't played since Dec. 3-4 when they were swept at Colgate and Cornell. Clarkson has league wins this season over St. Lawrence, Union and Rensselaer.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Clarkson 12-4-1 overall and 7-3-0 in games played at Cheel Arena. Each team earned a shutout last season on home ice, with Clarkson winning 3-0 at home and DiCesare handing Princeton a 1-0 overtime win at Baker Rink in mid-February.
On Saturday the Tigers take on St. Lawrence, which stands 9-8-2 overall and 4-3-0 in the ECAC. The Saints also haven't played in a while; last skating against Mercyhurst in mid-December. St. Lawrence split the series, winning 6-2 and falling 7-3. The Saints four league wins have come over Union, Yale, Brown and Colgate.
Princeton is 25-17-3 all-time against St. Lawrence and holds a 14-8-1 record at Appleton Arena. Princeton has won three of four in the series and the teams split last season with each winning at home. The Saints won 3-1 in Canton with the Tigers earning a 3-0 win at home in mid-February behind goals from Alex Kinney, Romanchuk and Corey Stearns and a shutout from Weber.
Following the game, Princeton will have a three-week layoff during first semester final exams. The Tigers will return to action on Jan. 28 and 29, also against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, but this time at home.