PRINCETON, N.J. – Entering the third period, Princeton women’s hockey held a 2-1 lead over Quinnipiac. But it took 1:40 minutes for Quinnipiac to strike twice and take the lead for good.
“That’s been a common issue, I would say for us for five or so years where we can battle. … It’s nothing about Kimberly [Newell], but just our team if we let in one and we get down we let in another one right away,” Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal said.
“It happened against Cornell a week ago, so we just [have] to get a little bit mentally tougher in those situations. But I think we are a pretty resilient group, but just [need to be] a little more mentally tougher.”
Princeton eventually fell 4-2 to Quinnipiac on Saturday, one night after skating to a 1-1 tie.
“I thought both games were very equal but different,” Kampersal said. “They came out hard on us yesterday, we sort of withstood the storm and came back and got them at the end. Today we came out hard on them, we didn’t really necessarily keep our foot on the pedal for all 60 minutes.”
The Tigers played well to start the game, and Molly Contini scored her first goal of the season late in the opening frame. Quinnipiac’s Taylar Cianfarano tied the game in the second, and Cassidy Tucker gave Princeton the lead nine minutes later.
Cydney Roesler and Nicole Brown both scored in the third, while Roesler added an empty net goal with eight seconds left.
“For the start of each period, their first five minutes of the second period and the third period they really crushed us and they just happened to score a couple goals there in the third,” Kampersal said. “So we had a few mental lapses, or a few physical lapses, which messes with us a little mentally and we get a little weird for a while but then when we were down we started to battle back and we fought hard to the end.”
Kimberly Newell started both games over the weekend and made 18 saves on Saturday.