Princeton Clinches Playoff Spot with Win at Yale

Princeton Clinches Playoff Spot with Win at Yale

The Princeton women's hockey team has clinched a place in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, for the 24th time, as the Tigers took a 4-1 game at Yale on Friday night.

Sophomore Carly Bullock scored twice, her 21st and 22nd goals of the season, and had one assist. Defender Claire Thompson and freshman Allison Harris also scored, with sophomore Stephanie Neatby making 24 saves in the win.

With 21 points in the ECAC, Princeton currently sits in seventh place. With a win tomorrow at Brown coupled with a Harvard loss to Clarkson, the Tigers would earn the No. 6 seed. With a win and a Harvard win or tie they would finish as the No. 7 seed. A loss and a tie would also put them at No. 7.

Thompson put the Tigers on the board with a drive from the high slot that beat netminder Tera Hofmann at 4:35. Bullock had the primary assist with freshman Sarah Verbeek getting in on the action.

Emma Vlasic converted on Yale's first power-play opportunity at 5:37 to tie it up but three minutes later Bullock regained the lead for the Tigers. On quick break down the ice freshman Annie MacDonald found Bullock wide open on the right wing and she buried the eventual game winner. Freshman Allison Harris expanded the lead to 3-1 at 13:48 as she redirected a rocket from the right point by Kimiko Marinacci on the power play.

Princeton was 1 for 3 on the power play, and 4 of 5 on the penalty kill.

The Tigers close out the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Brown. Game time is at 3 p.m.