The Princeton girls hockey season kicked off as the team split a pair of games on the road. The Tigers won their opener 5-4 against North Shore on Nov. 8 followed by a 6-4 loss to Eveleth-Gilbert.

Head coach Paul McElhone was overall pleased with how Princeton opened the season. “All-in-all, I am happy, I saw some things we need to work on but it was a good start to our season.”

In the season opening win, the team trailed 2-1 after one period of play, but Princeton was able to bounce back in the second, outscoring North Shore 3-0, with goals by Sydney Eckert, Teagan Zinnel and Amelia Smith giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead going into the final period.

Another goal by Eckert gave Princeton a 5-2 lead, as it would hold on for the 5-4 victory.

Coming into the game versus Eveleth-Gilbert, the Tigers got off to a 4-0 lead after the first period and looked poised to start the season with two straight wins. The Golden Bears had other ideas, as they rallied to make it a 4-3 game heading into the third period.

Eveleth-Gilbert was able to complete the comeback, scoring six unanswered goals to end the game, bringing the final score to 6-4.

Zinniel led the team with two goals, while Eckert added one in the loss.

Eighth-grader McKenzie Dembinski got the start in goal for both games as she made 38 saves while allowing 10 goals, a save percentage of .792.

Princeton’s offense in both games was able to put up goals as it averaged five and a half goals per game, however, the defense was still looking to find its footing as they averaged five goals allowed.

The Tigers will be back in action on Nov. 14 as the team will play Moose Lake Area in its home opener at Princeton Ice Arena, looking to get back into the win column.

Princeton 5, North Shore 4

First period

NS - Goal

P - Goal by Bailey Isaacson (MacKenzie Karger)

NS - Goal

Second period

P - Goal by Sydney Eckert

P - Goal by Teagan Zinniel (Sam Haverinen, Madison Aune)

P - Goal by Amelia Smith (Kallie Abrahamson)

Third period

P - Goal by Eckert (Isaacson, Amelia Smith)

NS - Goal

NS - Goal

Goaltender: NS - 18 saves on 23 shots; P - McKenzie Dembinski, 20 saves on 24 shots.

Princeton 4, Eveleth-Gilbert 6

First period

P - Goal by Haverinen (Carly Leitold)

P - Goal by Zinniel (Isaacson, Haverinen)

P - Goal by Eckert

P - Goal by Zinniel (Leitold

Second period

EG - Goal

EG - Goal

EG - Goal

Third period

EG - Goal

EG - Goal

EG - Goal

Goaltender: EG - 30 saves on 34 shots;

P - McKenzie Dembinski, 18 saves on 24 shots.

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