On the second weekend without Sarah Fillier, who was playing with team Canada in the Rivalry Series against team USA, the Princeton Tigers Women's hockey team swept the Mercyhurst Lakers in a 2-game series.
With these wins, Princeton keeps its reign over the Lakers, who haven't been able to beat the Tigers since 2007. The black and orange now leads the rivalry 15-8-1, and gather the advantage at home, the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink, at 7-5.
The First Game (4-3) - Friday, November 10th
During the first period, Princeton was able to get the lead with a goal from Jane Kuehl, almost two-minutes before its ending. It was a great achievement for the Tigers, as they weren't successful in getting the first goal in both games last weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard.
In the first minute of the second period, Emerson O'Leary got another goal for Princeton, her fourth of the season. Mercyhurst was eager to get their first goal of the game, but Uma Corniea did an amazing job defending their offense. Even with her efforts, Mercyhurst's Sarah Bucher was able to get through, making it 2-1.
The third period started with an offensive domination from the Tigers, which led to O'Leary's second goal of the game. After that, both teams had great chances on scoring, but after a penalty on Princeton's Emma Kee for slashing, the Lakers were able to score. Not even a minute later, the New Jersey team responded with a goal from Stefanie Wallace, the game winning goal. Even with a goal from Sofia Nuutinen, less than a minute from finalization of the game, Mercyhurst weren't able to get through Princeton, who won with a 4-3 score.
The Second Game - Saturday, November 11th
Princeton once again got the opening goal during the first period, this time with Mia Coene assisted by Kate Monihan.
During the second, Emma Dornseif was able to gather her first-ever collegiate goal exactly one minute into the period. Many of the goals of this period were made through power plays, starting with a Tripping penalty on Mercyhurst's Kylee Mahoney. The Tigers took the chance and scored with Maggie Johnson, assisted by Gabby Kim - who would gather her first two collegiate points during this game - and Dominique Cormier. Not much later into the game, on another power play, Issy Wunder scored with the second-assist for Kim, and an assist from Emerson O'Leary. On the last goal of the period, Mercyhurst's Megan McKay, through a power play, was able to score, finishing the time on a 4-1 for Tigers.
In the double-header's last period, Princeton cemented its 5-1 win with a second goal from Wunder, assisted once again by O'Leary and, this time, Sarah Paul.
This game was also Uma Corniea's career-high game, with an impressive amount of 32 saves, and Annie Kuehl's 50th career point.
Up Next For The Tigers
The Princeton Tigers will face Colgate on November 17th and Cornell on November 18th, both in the opposite team's home rink.
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