On the night of Friday, September 18th at Hobey Baker Rink, the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey team (5-4-1, 3-4-1 ECAC) broke Colgate’s 13-game winning streak. The Tigers kept the Raiders on their toes for the first 15 minutes of the game, making many shot attempts and keeping the puck on their offensive side for a majority of the time. The team connected well and seemed to finally begin to turn their shot attempts into points on the board. The first goal came off of an unassisted breakaway from freshman forward Carly Bullock, giving Princeton an early lead at 4:35 of the first period. Senior forward Molly Contini scored the next goal and sophomore forward Karlie Lund netted back-to-back shots to give Princeton a 4-0 lead in the second period. The Tigers kept the ball rolling, with shots from senior forward Cassidy Tucker and freshman forward Claire Thompson as well as a completion of a hat trick. Colgate’s two goals came from Olivia Zafuto in the second and Annika Zalewski off of a power play at the very end, but both were not enough to defeat the Tigers’ momentum.
However, Friday’s level of success was not quite achieved on Saturday afternoon, as the team fell to Cornell at Hobey Baker once again in a 2-1 loss. Cornell freshman forward Grace Graham opened the game with a goal in just the first five minutes of play off of an assist from behind the net from senior Kaitlin Doering. The Tigers responded with another goal from Carly Bullock assisted by Lund. Unfortunately, this would be the first and only goal for the Tigers against Cornell’s goalie Paula Voorheis, who made a total of 38 saves in the game. Pippy Gerace got the puck out from the boards in front of the Princeton bench, skated into the zone, and lofted a backhanded shot past junior goaltender Alysia DaSilva to give Cornell a 2-1 lead for the win.
For their next match-up, Princeton visits Boston University for two non-conference games the following weekend, Nov. 25 and 26.