PRINCETON, N.J. (10/22/12) - Hobey Baker Rink hosts the first games of the 2012-13 season this weekend when the women's hockey team hosts Dartmouth and Harvard. The Tigers take on Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., and Harvard on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.
Princeton is 2-0 on the season after beginning the season on the road last week. The Tigers defeated RIT 2-1 and Robert Morris 6-3. Senior Kelly Cooke and junior Sally Butler had two goals and two assists apiece. Butler scored both game-winning goals. Senior Corey Stearns and sophomore Brianna Leahy each had one goal and three assists. Junior Denna Laing added two goals. Freshman netminder Kimberly Newell was impressive in net. She made 33 saves in each game and has a .943 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. The Tigers had three special team goals, two on the power play and a short-handed tally. The did not allow a special team goal. Princeton was 2 for 6 on the power play and 7 for 7 on the penalty kill.
Princeton holds a 37-29-5 edge over Dartmouth in the all-time series that began in 1980. The Tigers went 1-0-1 against the Big Green last year. The teams played to a 2-2 tie at Hobey Baker Rink before Princeton won a 2-1 game at Thompson Arena.
Dartmouth finished the 2011-12 season with an 18-10-2 mark. The Big Green was 14-6-2 in the ECAC to finish tied for fourth with St. Lawrence in the league standings. St. Lawrence ended Dartmouth’s season by sweeping the Big Green on the road in the ECAC quarterfinals. The Big Green lost a good chunk of its offense from last year, including two of their top three scorers. Senior Camille Dumais earned the scoring crown last year with 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points. Classmate and defender Sasha Nanji is the next top returning scorer. She had 24 points on 12 goals and assists each. Goalie Lindsay Holdcroft is back for her junior year. She had a 14-9-2 record last year with a 1.90 GAA and a .926 save percentage.
Harvard owns a 41-29-4 lead in the all-time series that began in 1980. Princeton and Harvard met four times last year, two in the post season. Princeton won the first meeting 3-0 in Princeton before falling 10-1 in Cambridge a month later. The Crimson defeated the Tigers in the best-of-three quarterfinal series, 5-3 and 4-3.
Harvard had a 22-9-1 season last year. The Crimson were bounced in the ECAC semifinals by St. Lawrence. The team was 17-4-1 in the league to finish second in the standings. The Crimson lost just one player to graduation. Back for her senior season is Jillian Dempsey. She had 48 points on 27 goals and 21 assists last year. Junior Lyndsey Fry had 42 points on 22 goals and 20 assists. Junior defender Marissa Gedman and sophomore Samantha Reber chipped in 27 and 24 points, respectively. Back in goal is Laura Bellamy. The senior played every minute last year and had a 1.85 GAA and a .919 save percentage.