Rensselaer Snaps Princeton Win Streak

Rensselaer Snaps Princeton Win Streak

Riding a four-game win streak on four straight shutouts, the Princeton women's hockey suffered a 4-2 set at Rensselaer on Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House.

The Tigers had not allowed a goal in 249 minutes before an unlucky bounce at 5:17 of the first period against the Engineers. Madeleine Burnett took a shot from the left point that hit sophomore Stephanie Neatby in the chest, flew up into the air and landed over the goal line.

Sharon Frankel was the recipient of some luck early in the second period when she took a shot that took an odd carom onto a defender's skate and into the net. Annie MacDonald and Carly Bullock earned assists on the goal.

Bullock extended her goal scoring streak to seven in four games to lift put the Tigers on top 2-1. Her 18th goal of the season was started by Bullock herself racing down the center of the ice and her defender lost an edge and ended up in the goal. With Lovisa Selander trying to extricate her teammate, Stephanie Sucharda and Kiersten Falck worked to get the puck from behind the goal and fed Bullock who took advantage of the situation and put the puck past both Engineers.

Midway through the third period Jaimie Grigsby knotted things up when she redirected a shot in the slot on a feed from behind the cage by Shayna Tomlinson. Tomlinson scored the go-ahead goal at 17:40 when she deked and dodged in transition through the Tigers and had her shot saved by Neatby put it popped free before the whistle was blown and trickled over the goal line.

Princeton attempted to get things going back its way when it had a power-play opportunity with 1:05 remaining and pulled Neatby for the 6x4. A face off just to the right of Selander was won by the Engineers and a long lofted attempt by Whitney Renn found the empty net with 1:00 remaining.

Neatby finished the game with 24 saves and three goals allowed as Princeton outshot Rensselaer 39-28. Selander stopped 37 for the Engineers who improve to 9-16-5 and 6-10-2 in the league.

Princeton, now 10-11-4, 8-9-1 ECAC) returns home to Hobey Baker Rink next weekend for the final home games of the regular season. The Tigers face Clarkson on Friday at 6 p.m., and St. Lawrence on Saturday at 3 p.m.