Princeton Heads to First ECAC Hockey Final

Princeton  Heads to First ECAC Hockey Final

Five goals from five players helped lift No. 6 Princeton over No. 7 Clarkson 5-1 Saturday at Cornell, putting the Tigers into their first-ever ECAC Hockey tournament final Sunday at 2 p.m. against Cornell.

Princeton extended its program-record win total, now with 25, and made the ECAC final in its eighth trip to the semis.

The Tigers got on the board in the first period with a blast from freshman defenseman Solveig Neunzert, who scored her second career goal to give Princeton the lead just more than six minutes into the game.

A huge second period netted Princeton three goals, from Shannon GriffinSarah Fillier and Kate Monihan, another rookie blueliner whose goal was her first as a Tiger, and with those three goals in a span of 5:53 and ending with more than eight minutes to go in the period, Princeton was up 4-0.

Tiger netminder Stephanie Neatby carried a shutout for 56-plus minutes and made 29 saves on the night before Clarkson's Elizabeth Giguere spoiled it with less than four minutes to go, but Maggie Connors answered right back with an empty-netter to make it 5-1.