Princeton routs St. Lawrence, advances to ECAC Hockey semifinals

Princeton routs St. Lawrence, advances to ECAC Hockey semifinals

PRINCETON, NJ -- No. 7 ranked Princeton defeated St. Lawrence 6-2 in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series to sweep the Saints and advance to the semifinals next weekend.

This is the just the second time the Tigers have swept a quarterfinal series, since the format went into effect in 2001-02.

Princeton's opponent, as well as the location of the ECAC Championship, have yet to be determined. No. 1 seed Cornell will play a Game 3 with No. 8 seed RPI tomorrow, as will No. 2 Colgate and No. 7 Harvard. No. 3 Clarkson defeated No. 6 Quinnipiac in overtime this afternoon to win its series.

The Tigers fell behind 1-0 as the Saints scored on their first shift, but senior Karlie Lund evened things up at the buzzer to take the teams into the first intermission tied at 1-1.

Junior Carly Bullock, who had a three-point game last night, gave Princeton its first lead of the game just 1:17 into the second period with freshmen Maggie Connors and Sarah Fillier assisting.

Connors gave Princeton a two-goal cushion at 6:55 on a redirected drive by senior Kimiko Marinacci from the point.

The Saints weren't going away easily as they ended the Tigers' three-goal run with a power-play goal by Amanda Butterfield at 14:47 to make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.

Lund notched her second of the game as she seemingly just flipped the puck into the zone on a line change and it slipped past Sonjia Shelly in goal.

Freshman Sarah Fillier scored her fourth goal of the weekend and 20th of the season when she picked the puck off at the Saints blue line and went in one-on-one for the tally at 12:57.

Sophomore Sharon Frankel finished off the scoring with help from sophomore Annie MacDonald and senior Stephanie Sucharda, a power-play goal at 16:22.

Junior Stephanie Neatby made 24 saves as she improves to 6-1-1 on the season.

Shelly had 32 saves as St. Lawrence finishes its season 14-15-7.

Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play.

This is the sixth 20-win season for the Tigers as they head into next weekend 20-6-5.