Tigers Hand Penn State a Shutout Loss

Tigers Hand Penn State a Shutout Loss

Princeton has been on a hot streak since returning from the Christmas break, giving up just one loss in seven games. Taking a two-week hiatus for final exams did nothing to hinder the momentum as the Tigers earned a 3-0 win at Penn State this evening.
 
Princeton was on the power-play for nearly a seven-minute span in the first period with three straight penalties on Penn State. The Tigers first goal however came when they were short-handed as senior Kiersten Falck tallied her second goal of the season. It came just seconds after Falck and junior Keiko DeClerck had an odd-man rush on the same penalty kill with DeClerck's shot going off the right shoulder of Hannah Ehresman. The second time was a charm as Falck took the puck in and popped it behind Ehresman for the score at 15:43 of the second period.
 
Sophomore Carly Bullock made it 2-0 at 7:22 of the third. The defense won the battle behind the Princeton cage and outlet up the right boards where Bullock collected it at her own blue line. As she got held up by two defenders, junior Karlie Lund was right behind her to get the poked puck and push it back ahead to Bullock who sent the puck between the legs of her defender and Ehresman's as well.
 
Bullock's second was on an empty-net but the ECAC Rookie of the Year put in work to get it done. After Penn State won a draw in the Princeton zone, DeClerck blocked a shot from the right point and swiped it down towards the empty goal. A valiant effort by Kelsey Crow as she raced down and saved the puck from going over the line. Racing right behind her was Bullock who grabbed the puck that Crow pushed to the right, deked Crow and put away her team-leading 16th goal of the season.  
 
Sophomore Stephanie Neatby made 23 saves in her eighth career shutout, and is now tied seventh all-time at Princeton in career shutouts – in just her second year.
 
Princeton improves to 9-10-4 overall having won the last three games by shutout – and has five this season with one now against its former coach Jeff Kampersal.
 
The Tigers have just three weekends remaining in the regular season as the make a push for th playoffs. First up Princeton will face Union and Rensselear on the road Feb. 2 & 3.