The Princeton Women's Ice Hockey Team has been busy over the Christmas season, playing four times since the start of the break, three of which were for the Eastern College Athletic Conference. This means the Tigers' unbeaten streak continued to eight games. After picking up the three conference wins, the Tigers now find themselves second in the standings, above all their other Ivy League counterparts. However, the Tigers have played 16 games compared to the 10 played by third-place St. Lawrence, which trails behind by just a point. During the New Year's weekend, the Tigers hosted Penn State, where they tied 5-5 with the Nittany Lions, and then No. 8 Quinnipiac, topping the Bobcats 3-2. Freshman forward Carly Bullock netted her first career hat trick and freshman goalkeeper Steph Neatby, made a total of 29 saves, both helping lead Princeton to its first win over Quinnipiac since January 2011.
The second Janurary weekend saw the Tigers face Harvard and Dartmouth in their second meeting of the season. Previous games saw Princeton beat Harvard up in Boston 2-1 in overtime, but the Tigers had fallen against Dartmouth 2-3 in overtime. However, the home weekend saw the Tigers ensure they took their winning streak to three games by comfortably beating Dartmouth 4-0 and coming from behind to beat the Crimson again, 2-1. Sophomore forward and December ECAC player of the month Karlie Lund had a successful weekend, scoring in both games for the Tigers as she took the lead in points and goals standings in the league.
“Despite tying Penn State, we were able to get three conference wins over the break which is huge for us. We had one of our best games of the year against Quinnipiac and were able to beat them for the first time in five years. This past weekend we were able to get redemption against Dartmouth and then come back and beat Harvard the next day,” she said.
Once again, Neatby picked up a goalie of the week honor for her successful performance against the Crimson, where she made a total of 32 saves and now boasts an impressive 0.947 save percentage, placing her second overall in standings.
Princeton will now be looking to head into the coming weekend confidently as it travels up to New York to face conference competitors Cornell and and Colgate. The Tigers have met both teams in the early half of the season, beating Colgate 7-2, but falling against the Big Red 2-1. Princeton could see a 10 game unbeaten streak this weekend, but a young side and the extensive traveling around could make this weekend prove not an tough task. Cornell currently have a 9-5-1 overall record, but a better home record of 7-1-0.
Lund went on to say, “Looking forward, Cornell and Colgate are going to be two competitive games this weekend. Both teams are very skilled and have had a lot of success this season. Cornell beat us earlier this year so we are trying to get redemption against them. We are currently on an eight game unbeaten streak so hopefully we can add to that in our final weekend before a two week break for exams.”