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Princeton Tigers make their mark on Olympic hockey stage

The 2022 Olympic Games are underway, and Princeton University is well represented at the international event.

You may not be repping the Maple Leaf, but some past and present Tigers bear the Canadian crest this year. That honor belongs to current student Sarah Fillier and 2019-20 graduate Claire Thompson.

Thompson rewrote the Princeton hockey record books, finishing her career as the fifth all-time leading scorer among defensemen. Initially recruited as a forward, she totaled 87 points. In her junior season, Thompson finished sixth in the nation among all defenders in points per game (0.85).

Thompson was All-Ivy League three times, named All-ECAC twice, and was a four-time ECAC All-Academic. She captained the team her senior year.

Sarah Fillier is a rising superstar who has stormed into college hockey and averages nearly two points per game over two full seasons. She led the NCAA in scoring as a freshman in 2018-19 and matched her efforts as a sophomore, racking up awards and accolades by the week.

Naturally, the duo's scoring prowess carries to Beijing, China, on international ice.

Canada Starts Fast In First Game of Winter Olympics

Neither had played an Olympic match, but the stage wasn't too big as Canada defeated Switzerland 12-1 on Wednesday.

Canada registered an absurd 70 shots on goal for the first time since beating Sweden 11-0 on their way to the 2002 Olympic Gold with Hayley Wickenheiser.

Despite Fillier's ten shots and two goals, Thompson would not be outdone on the scoresheet. She was one of two Canadian players with five points (one goal, four assists) as the Princeton Tigers combo combined for eight points

Their next test comes on February 4th against Finland.