January 12, 2011

Women's Journal: Red-hot Princeton ices history

by Mike Zhe

Princeton's Heather Landry scored a goal in each of the Tigers' victories last weekend. (photo: Beverly Schaefer)

Heather Landry (Lexington, Mass.) scored a goal in each of Princeton’s wins over the weekend, but it was at the other end of the ice where the red-hot Tigers really carved out a spot in history.

Goalie Rachel Weber saw her four-game shutout streak come to an end in Saturday’s 3-1 win at St. Lawrence, the team’s seventh in a row. But not before she extended her personal scoreless streak to 289 minutes, 43 seconds, a new ECAC Hockey women’s record.

The Tigers (10-10-1, 7-6-12 ECAC Hockey) stood 3-10-1 on Dec. 3 but have reeled off seven consecutive wins. They’re idle the next two weekends during semester final exams.

Landry, a junior who starred with Assabet Valley and later Middlesex School, scored an insurance goal on the power play — her third of the season — to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead Saturday. In a 2-0 blanking of Clarkson a night earlier, she also scored in the third period.

Freshman Denna Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) had assists in both games, setting up the opening goal both nights. Sasha Sherry finished the weekend with a goal and two assists.

Weber improved her goals-against average to 1.60 and her save percentage to .933, both among the league leaders. Her first three shutouts in the streak came against Syracuse (5-0), Boston College (3-0) and Quinnipiac (3-0).

The Tigers sit in third place in the league but have played four more games than many of the teams near them in the standings. They’ve also gotten contributions from Corey Stearns of Falmouth, Mass. (3-5-8); Danielle DiCesare of York, Maine (2-3-5); and Kelly Cooke of Andover, Mass.

NEHJ Player of the Week

Holly Lorms, sr., Boston University

Lorms, a senior captain, scored two goals, including the game-winner in the final minute of regulation, as the third-ranked Terriers outpointed Providence, 4-3, for their eighth win in a row.

The goals were the seventh and eighth of the season for Lorms, who suffered a season-ending and career-threatening neck injury late last season.

Looking Ahead

No. 3 Boston University at No. 6 Boston College, Saturday

Neither team leaves the city this weekend, and kick off play against one another at Conte Forum in a Saturday matinee.

The teams split a pair of games the weekend before Thanksgiving, with BC getting a hat trick from Kelli Stack to win at Walter Brown Arena. The Terriers and goalie Kerrin Sperry (North Reading, Mass.) bounced back a day later with a 1-0 win in Chestnut Hill.

Around Hockey East

BC freshman Taylor Wasylk scored a goal in a 3-1 win against Yale and two more in a 6-1 rout of Maine, and now has 12 goals on the season, second to Stack on the Eagles. …

Vermont defenseman Peggy Wakeham had a goal and two assists as the Catamounts battled back from a goal down three times to salvage a 3-3 tie with No. 9 North Dakota on Saturday. North Dakota won 4-1 on Friday. …

Lori Antflick, Casie Fields and Rachel Llanes each had two points in Northeastern’s 4-2 win over New Hampshire. …

Providence freshman goalie Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.) played the last two periods in the 4-3 loss to BU, stopping 26 of 28 shots. …

Twelve different UConn players recorded a point in Saturday’s 6-2 win over Robert Morris, one that salvaged a weekend split with the Colonials.

Around ECAC Hockey

Kelly Babstock recorded a hat trick — scoring the game-winner in overtime — and Quinnipiac completed a weekend sweep in the North Country with a 3-2 win over Clarkson. Babstock, a freshman, had an assist in a 3-2 win one night earlier at St. Lawrence, and Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) had a goal and an assist. …

Harvard matched its highest production of the season, and Laura Bellamy notched her first shutout in a 5-0 win over Union. Josephine Pucci had a goal and two assists, and Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) also scored for the Crimson, who lost to RPI, 2-1, a night later. …

Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) set up the tying goal, scored the go-ahead one and assisted on the insurance one as Yale beat Colgate, 3-1. Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) also scored for the Bulldogs, who bounced back from a 5-0 loss to first-place Cornell. …

Kelly Foley (Boston, Mass.) scored once goal and set up two others to lead Dartmouth past Union, 4-1, and salvage a weekend split on the road.

Mike Zhe can be reached at mzhe@hockeyjournal.com