Princeton's unbeaten streak ends, falls to Clarkson

Princeton's unbeaten streak ends, falls to Clarkson

PRINCETON, NJ -- No. 4 Princeton's 20-game unbeaten streak, the longest in the nation and in program history, was halted by No. 5 Clarkson this afternoon at Hobey Baker Rink in a 3-1 game.

Princeton (15-3-5) remains in first place in the ECAC standings with a 12-1-3 record, but now share the top slot with Cornell. Clarkson (22-5-1) is one point back in third place.

The Tigers outshot the defending national champions 38-20 while the power play, ranked first in the nation, came up empty on six opportunities.

Loren Gabel quickly put Clarkson on the board 36 seconds into the game when she managed to squeeze the puck between the pipe and netminder Rachel McQuigge.

Less than four minutes later, sophomore Shannon Griffin responded with an unassisted goal, her fourth goal of the season. She chipped the puck ahead for herself and beat Kassidy Sauve one-on-one.

The Golden Knight's second goal at 11:36 of the first had to be reviewed for a potential high stick, but the goal was confirmed. Gabel collected a rebound behind the goal and flipped it in front of the goal where Michaela Pejzlova batted it out of the air and into the net.

Princeton outshot Clarkson 18-5 in the first and continued to have the run of play in the second but the Golden Knights defense did a good job of blocking attempts. The Tigers were 0 for 4 on the power play before Clarkson earned its first power-play opportunity. It took 13 seconds for the Golden Knights to score the man-advantage goal credited to Gabel.

The Tigers continued to play relentless hockey, outshooting Clarkson 15-4 in the third period. Princeton pulled McQuigge for the extra attacker with 2:22 remaining but wouldn't be able to put the puck over the line.

McQuigge made 17 saves in goal for the Tigers, Sauve had 37 for the Golden Knights.

Next weekend, Feb. 8 & 9, Princeton will be on the road at Brown and Yale. A win over Brown on Friday night would give Princeton the Ivy League title as the pursuit for the ECAC regular-season championship continues.