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Women's Hockey Begins Four-Game Homestand vs. Clarkson & St. Lawrence
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 02/08/2012
Game 26: Clarkson at Princeton
Gametime: Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.
Records: Princeton (10-11-4, 8-8-2), Clarkson (18-7-5, 12-4-2)
Series Began: Jan. 26, 1982
Series Record: Princeton leads 13-6-1
Series Streak: 2 Clarkson wins
Last Game: Clarkson won 1-0 on Nov. 12
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Game 27: St. Lawrence at Princeton
Gametime: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
Records: Princeton (10-11-4, 8-8-2), St. Lawrence (17-8-4, 11-5-2)
Series Began: Jan. 25, 1982
Series Record: Princeton 27-18-3
Series Streak: 1 St. Lawrence win
Last Game: St. Lawrence 4-1 on Nov. 11
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PRINCETON, N.J. (2/7/12) - The Princeton women's hockey team concludes its regular season schedule at home as it begins a four-game homestand this weekend hosting Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.

Princeton is 10-11-4 overall and is in seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings with an 8-8-2 mark. The Tigers most recently knocked off No. 10 Dartmouth before falling to No. 8 Harvard on the road. Princeton has suffered just two losses in its last nine games. Sophomores Sally Butler and Denna Laing lead the team in scoring. Butler has 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points while Laing has seven goals and 10 helpers for 17 points. Freshman defender Ali Pankowski and senior Paula Romanchuk both add 12 points with Romanchuk collecting a team-best 11 assists. Senior Rachel Weber has started in all 25 games in goal. She owns a .929 save percentage and a 2.18 goals against average.

 

Princeton leads the all-time series with Clarkson 13-5-1. The Golden Knights however have won the last two games, including a 1-0 game at Cheel Arena on Nov. 12. The teams have split the series in each of the last three years.

Clarkson is third in the ECAC with a 12-4-2 record and owns an 18-7-5 overall record. The Golden Knights are unbeaten in their last five games. The squad as struggled on the road with a 7-6-1 record compared to an 11-1-4 record at home. Clarkson averages 3.10 goals per game (4th in league) and limits teams to 1.80 gpg (2nd). Sophomores Carly Mercer and Jamie Lee Rattray are at the top of the scoring column. Mercer has 14 goals and a team-high 24 assists for 38 points, while Rattray has 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. Junior Danielle Skirrow and senior Juana Baribeau adds 26 and 25 points, respectively. Six other skaters have 10 or more points. Sophomore Erica Howe has started in all 30 games. She has a .925 save percentage and a 1.78 GAA. The Saints boast the best penalty kill and power play in the league. The power play converts 26% of the time (34/131) while the penalty kill is at 88% (110/125).

The Tigers hold a 27-17-3 edge over St. Lawrence in the all-time series. The Saints ended Princeton's three-game win streak in the series on Nov. 11 when they took a 4-1 game at Appleton Arena.

St. Lawrence enters the weekend with a 17-8-4 overall record and an 11-5-2 record in the ECAC to sit in fourth place in the standings along with Dartmouth. The Saints are on a tear with just one loss in the last 13 games. St. Lawrence scores 3.24 gpg (3rd) and holds teams to 2.28 gpg (5th). Sophomore Rylee Smith and junior Kelly Sabatine both have 36 points to lead the Saints offensively. Smith is the team's leading scorer while Sabatine has a team-high 20 assists. Senior Karell Emard has 29 points on 10 goals and 19 assists, while junior Brooke Fernandez is the team's best scoring defender with nine goals and 15 assists. Five other players are in double digits in scoring. Freshman Carmen MacDonald has started in 22 games in goal. She has a 14-5-3 record, a .924 save percentage and a 2.07 GAA. Sophomore Caitlyn Lahonen has made seven starts and has a 3-3-1 record, a .909 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA.
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