On Friday night, the No. 8 Princeton Women’s Hockey Team (20-6-1, 13-6-1 ECAC) battled it out on home turf against the No. 5 Clarkson Golden Knights (24-3-5, 12-3-5 ECAC) at Hobey Baker Rink. The deciding goal of the game came in the third period from Clarkson sophomore Brielle Bellerive at 6:43, which marked her first goal of the season. The match began relatively uneventfully, with Clarkson outshooting the Tigers 14-6 in the first quarter, but neither team putting any points on the board. The breakthrough came at 7:44 into the second period when Clarkson sophomore Amanda Titus scored off a pass from freshman Ryan McGill. The Orange and Black was quick to respond though, scoring off of a power-play goal set up by sophomore defender Molly Strabley and senior goalie Kimberly Newell and then finished by sophomore defender Kelsey Koelzer. This goal tied the game, but the Tigers remained scoreless for the final two periods, which resulted in a 2-1 loss after Bellerive’s decisive goal in the third quarter.
Despite the loss on Friday, the Orange and Black ended Saturday’s game with a win. Although St. Lawrence came out strong with a power-play goal in the first quarter, the Tigers gained a 2-1 lead in the second period. Princeton’s first goal was scored by freshman forward Keiko DeClerk and its second was scored off of a rebound by sophomore forward Molly Contini. The Saints' senior forward Jenna Marks tied it at 2-2 ten minutes later. In the third quarter, Strabley score off of an assist from Lund to get the lead back again, to which the Saints responded just three minutes later with another goal. The 3-3 score resulted in OT, during which time Kelsey Koelzer scored her second goal of the weekend to bring the Tigers to victory.
The Orange and Black Women’s Hockey has an important weekend ahead of them, facing off against both Rensselaer and Union. Both games will be available to watch on the Ivy League Digital Network.