Koelzer Nets Hat Trick as Princeton Shutout RPI

Senior Kelsey Koelzer net her second career hat trick as the Princeton women's hockey team earned a 4-0 shutout at Rensselaer on Friday night. It was the first collegiate shutout for freshman Steph Neatby, who made 27 saves in goal.

An All-America defender, Koelzer was moved back to the forward position, a position she originally played when she came to Princeton in 2013 and it proved successful as she had a her first career four-point game. Koelzer's first hat trick was Jan. 1, 2016 in a 6-1 win over Brown.

The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead on two straight short-handed goals. Koelzer net the first with 31 seconds left in the first before linemate Karlie Lund scored on the same penalty 1:13 into the second. Lund had a four-point game

Right off the draw after Stephanie Sucharda's penalty the puck was drawn back and Koelzer used a long stick to corrall the puck and get a good run on her two defenders, as she went in one-on-one with Lovisa Selander and used a backhander to beat her. Koelzer was responsible for breaking up a breakout by the Engineers and after getting smothered found Lund open at the red line. Lund had a nice deke around her defender before putting away a five-hole goal.

Koelzer's second goal was a nice rip from the top of the right face-off circle, with Lund and freshman Claire Thompson assisting at 9:05 of the third period. Koelzer collected an Engineers rebound and sent the puck up the ice into the neutral zone to Lund. Lund skated down the right side as Koelzer hauled herself down the left and was there to take the puck back and polish off the hat trick.

Princeton outshot RPI 43-27, as Selander made 39 saves for the Engineers.

The Tigers were 0 for 5 on the power play and 4 for 4 on the penalty kill, with two short-handed goals.

Princeton faces Union tomorrow afternoon, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., at Messa Rink.