Princeton women's hockey - Sarah Fillier
Sarah Fillier in a game earlier this season. (JSN file photo by Nicole Mehl)

Princeton Tigers tie both games on ECAC weekend

The Princeton Tigers Women's Hockey team faced two of their ECAC conference opponents this past weekend. The first game was against the Brown Bears on Friday, January 26th. Princeton leads the historical series at 55-30-3. The game was set at Brown University's Meehan Auditorium. Their last encounter was during Brown's first game of the season and Princeton's fourth. A shutout for Princeton, as they won 3-0 at home.

The second game was again an away game, set on Saturday, January 27th, this time against the Yale Bulldogs. Princeton also leads the historical series at 67-20-3. The last match against the Bulldogs was October 20th, a 3-0 win for Yale. 

Jennifer Olnowich was the goalie for Princeton in both games.


Game 1 - Brown Bears (January 26th)

The initial rush was an awesome chance for the Brown Bears to start the game scoring. However, the shot ends up being saved by Olnowich. Soon, early-game Power Play for Princeton is called. The Tigers' Power Play this season has been know for its success. Even with a great job moving the puck with fast passes, Doyle (Brown's Goalie) was the biggest opponent of the team with her great saves.

As a shot comes over to the Brown goalie, Emerson O'Leary gets the rebound and puts the puck on the back of the net, which gave Princeton the lead. Even outshooting Brown for the reminder of the period, the Tigers weren't able to further the lead.

The second period was full of penalties. When a five minute major was called on Stefanie Wallace for contact to the head, it was hard for the New Jersey team to keep the lead. Jade Iginla leads Brown to score a goal. Game tied.

Even with great efforts from both teams, the game eventually went to overtime and stayed the same score. 

1-1, a tie.

Game 2 - Yale Bulldogs (January 27th)

Yale and Princeton started the game both tied in the standings with 22 points. The Bulldogs, just coming back from an OT win against Quinnipiac.

30 seconds into the game, Yale's Gracie Gilkyson is called to the box for tripping Sarah Fillier. This allows Princeton a power play. The opportunity was not used well by the tigers with no shots on goal.

Later into the period, Issy Wunder is called for a hooking. Not even 30 seconds into the penalty kill, Stefanie Wallace heads for the box for a tripping call, making it a 5-on-3. They killed off the first penalty wonderfully. The second one caused a scare for Princeton, but the great defensive style of play by the New Jersey team did not allow Yale to score. 

On the second period, A nice collective effort, gives the Tigers the first goal of the game. Katherine Khramtsov, assisted by Emerson O'Leary and Dominique Cormier. It had to be analyzed by the referees, but the call on the floor stood. It was a good goal.

However, a low shot through a rebound gave Brown's Suzy Higuchi a great opportunity to tie the game, and she did. It's a goal for Yale.

The game continued and went into overtime, but no luck for both the ECAC teams. For the second time this weekend, the game ends on a tie. 1-1.

The player of both games was definitely Jennifer Olnowich. The goalie did a great job keeping the pucks out of the net, making incredible saves.

The team's weekend could be resumed in one work: ties.

Up Next For The Tigers 

The Tigers will go against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on  February 3rd, Saturday, at Hamden, Connecticut.