With winter break just ahead, the women’s ice hockey team has a full lineup of face-offs looming in the next few weeks.
This Sunday the Bulldogs (4-5-2, 3-5-1 ECAC) face the struggling Brown Bears (1-10-1, 1-6-1) at home, after beating them 3-0 more than a month ago. A repeat performance could help them garner the momentum they will need as they head into the Nutmeg Classic Tournament the weekend after Christmas.
The Elis will face Niagara (4-8-2, 3-2-1) in the first round as they seek to claim the championship title for the second year running. Win or lose, they play again the next day, when the championship as well as the consolation match takes place.
Conference play begins again Jan. 11, when the squad faces Princeton (5-7-2, 3-5-1). While not the strongest team in the league, Princeton has a solid defense — goaltender Kristen Young was named ECAC Goalie of the Week early in November for a 48-save weekend, which included a 21-save effort that gave the Tigers the victory over No. 1 New Hampshire (15-2).
With little time to recover, the Bulldogs will turn their attention to overcoming in-state foe Quinnipiac (1-10-2, 0-7-2) the following afternoon. Both games could be prime sources of league points — points that the Elis could use after a recent streak of tough losses.