Princeton Earns No. 6 Seed in League Playoffs

Photo by Shelley Szwast
Photo by Shelley Szwast

Princeton defeated Brown 5-2 this afternoon at Meehan Auditorium to finish sixth in the ECAC Hockey standings and earn the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.

The Tigers now 13-12-4 overall and 11-10-1 in the league will face No. 3 Cornell in the ECAC Quarterfinals, next weekend, Feb. 23-25, in a best-of-three series. Princeton split the season series with the Big Red, falling 3-1 on the road in November before a 5-2 win at Hobey Baker Rink in January.

For the second consecutive game Claire Thompson scored the first goal of the game putting the Tigers on the board at 12:39. Her eighth goal came from Stephanie Sucharda and freshman Sarah Verbeek and went gloveside on Julianne Landry.
 
Sophomore Carly Bullock, who ranks fifth in the nation in goals per game, added to the lead and her goal total with her 23rd of the season. Verbeek picked up her second assist as she held the puck in the zone and fed Bullock in the slot as she roofed in the goal.
 
Thompson gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead just 1:24 into the second period with her second goal of the game taking a shot from the high slot and through traffic.
 
Katie Swanstrom was able to get Brown on the board at 11:29 but Princeton closed out the middle frame with a goal from freshman Amanda Harris. With a battle for the puck along the wall, junior Kimiko Marinacci was able to poke it free and found Harris alone in the left circle as she wound up to roof one over the left shoulder of Landry.
 
It took Princeton seven seconds from the start of its fourth power play to score on the man advantage. Junior Karlie Lund won the draw back to sophomore MacKenzie Ebel who found a circling Bullock. Bullock slipped the puck cross ice to Lund who fired in a goal from one knee to put the Tigers ahead 5-1.
 
Less than two minutes later Brown had a power-play goal of its own as Abby Nearis put in a Samantha Swanstrom feed.
 
Senior Alysia DaSilva earned the win in net making 20 saves.
 
Landry was kept active, and made 49 saves, as Princeton outshot the Bears 54-22.