Laing and Kinney Lead Tigers To Win At Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (12/2/11) - Sophomore Denna Laing and junior Alex Kinney had two points apiece to lead the Princeton women's hockey team to a 5-1 win over Yale on Friday, Dec. 2 at Ingalls Rink.

Laing got Princeton started with a goal at 15:43 of the first with help from junior Kelly Cooke and Kinney.

Freshman Brianne Mahoney scored her first career goal, the game-winning goal at 7:49 of the second with help from sophomore Sally Butler. The goal came just one second after a hooking penalty on Yale's Ashley Dunbar expired. Princeton had to kill off two straight penalties midway through the second and 18 seconds after returning to 5x5, the Tigers would strike again as freshman Brianna Leahy gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead at 17:06.

Laing knocked in a Charissa Stadnyk shot five minutes into the third period, with Kinney earning an assist on the goal. A series of penalties midway through the period turned the game over to the special teams, and Princeton took advantage as Danielle DiCesare net a power-play goal at 12:15 with help from seniors Heather Landry and Paula Romanchuk.

Yale called a timeout with 2:49 to play, the Bulldogs would get an extended possession in the Tigers' zone during a delayed Princeton penalty. Yale was able to take advantage of its extra attacker when Heather Grant fired a shot from the top of the point that deflected in traffic and slide into the back of the net.

Princeton had a 47-26 lead in shots as it ends a six-game winless streak. The Tigers were 1 for 5 on the power play and 7 for 7 on the penalty kill.

Senior goalie Rachel Weber made 25 saves in the near shutout, while Jaimie Leonoff stopped 42 in goal for Yale.

It wasn't just any game for either women's hockey team. Tonight's game was White Out for Mandi. Yale's second annual game to honor their former teammate Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) who lost her battle with cancer. The women's hockey community is a small world. There isn't a game that players from both teams don't meet up after the game to give their opinion on how the other did in the game, ask the other how school is going, to check in. The women's hockey community has come together for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. Princeton itself had donation tables at Baker Rink for each home game this season to raise money for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation.

Princeton travels to Brown, tomorrow, Dec. 3 for a 3 p.m. game. The Brown lost to Quinnipiac 3-0 this evening.