EYE ON THE TIGERS
Despite rocking an eight-game unbeaten streak and a 12-6-2 record, the Tigers have yet to crack the top-10 national poll, receiving votes the last two times out. A second win over No. 8-ranked Colgate this weekend may finally be the push the Tigers over the line. Princeton is 7-0-1 in its last eight games, its last loss being a 4-3 overtime game at Boston University. With an 8-4-1 ECAC mark, the Tigers are currently in a tie for third place in the league, along with St. Lawrence. Only Clarkson and Quinnipiac have more points. Princeton boasts the sixth-best scoring offense in the nation, chipping in 3.45 goals per game, while limiting teams to 2.05 gpg. Leading scorer Karlie Lund ranks fourth nationally in points per game with 32 to her credit on 16 goals and 16 assists. The ECAC Player of the Month, is followed in the scoring column by seniors Cassidy Tucker and Kelsey Koelzer – who both have 9 points. Senior Molly Contini and freshman defender Claire Thompson drop in 17 apiece, while four others are in double digits as well. Freshman Steph Neatby, who has won the last four ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week honors, in addition to the league’s Goalie of the Month for December is 6-1 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average. The two-sport athlete missed the first 10 games of the season.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Coincidentally Cornell and Colgate are both tied in the ECAC stranding with matching 6-2-1 records. Overall, the Big Red are 10-5-1 most recently earning a 7-2 win over Syracuse on Tuesday night. Cornell has the fourth-best scoring defense in the country, holding teams to 1.62 goals per game, while scoring 2.56. Their power play ranks seventh at 17.9 percent (12/67), while the penalty kill is 10th at 89.9 percent (62/69). Senior Hanna Bunton leads teh offense with 14 ppints on four goals and 10 assists. Freshman Kristin O’Neill has scored the most goals, seven total, while adding five assists for 12 points. Sophomore Pippy Gerace is also in double digits with four goals and six asists. Cornell has split goaltender time with senior Paula Voorheis going 5-4, while sophomore Marlene Boissonnault is 5-1-1. Voorheis has a .951 save percentage and a 1.46 GAA, while Boissonneault has a .919 save percentage and a 1.23 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/CORNELL SERIES
The Tigers have a 44-34-3 lead in the series with Cornell. The Big Red took a 2-1 game earlier this season at Hobey Baker Rink with Pippy Gerace netting the game winner with 42 seconds left in the second period. Paul Voorheis stopped 38 shots in the win, while DaSilva made 25 saves for the Tigers. Princeton and Cornell split the series last year, one year after a Princeton sweep.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
No. 8 Colgate is 15-3-3 overall, with one of its three losses being to Princeton – its first loss of the season. The Raiders are looking to get back on track after going 0-1-2 in its last three games including a 7-4 loss and scoreless tie at St. Cloud last weekend. The squad averages 3.24 goals per game (8th nationally) and has held teams to 2.00 gpg (10th). Sophomore Jessie Eldridge leads the charge with 29 points on nine goals and a team-high 20 assists. Junior Annika Zalewski has 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists, while Lauren Wildfang leads the blueliners with 18 points. Eight other skaters are in double digits in scoring. Sophomore Julia Vandyk is the Raiders primary netminder. She is 13-3-2 with a .926 save percentage and a 1.88 GAA. Freshman Liz Auby has a 2-0-1 record in four games with a .904 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA.
THE PRINCETON/COLGATE SERIES
Princeton owns a 27-8-3 edge in the all-time series with Colgate and has won the last five games. The Tigers handed the Raiders its first loss of the season this year, after the Raiders started 12-0-1, in a 7-2 bruising. Karlie Lund picked up her second hat trick against Cornell, while Molly Contini and Carly Bullock each had three point games with one goal and two assists apiece. Alysia DaSilva made 20 saves, while Colgate used both Julia Vandyk and Liz Auby, who combined for 28 saves. Colgate’s last win was in Feb. 2014, a 1-0 decision.