Big Red Caps Historic Weekend with Win Over Harvard

Big Red Caps Historic Weekend with Win Over Harvard

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Melanie Jue and Chelsea Karpenko both had a pair of goals as the Cornell women's hockey team knocked off its second straight ranked opponent with a 4-3 victory over #9 Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink. The win gives the Big Red its first ever weekend sweep against Dartmouth and Harvard after Cornell's 3-0 victory against Dartmouth on Friday.

Jue scored the game-winner with 3:03 to play, while Catherine White had had a three-point day with a trio of assists. Laurianne Rougeau, Amanda Young, Kelly McGinty and Liz Zorn each added an assist, while Amanda Mazzotta picked up 16 saves for her second win of the season.

For Harvard, Katharine Chute had a goal and two assists, while Anna McDonald and Jillian Dempsey added goals. Kathryn Farni had a pair of assists, with McDonald and Kaitlin Spurling tallying a single assist. Christina Kessler stopped 22 shots for the loss for the Crimson.

Karpenko's second goal came on the power play as Cornell finished the day 1-for-3 with the man advantage. Harvard went 1-for-5 on the power play on the day, with Dempsey's tally coming on the power play.

Karpenko got the Big Red on the board first with a goal in the first period, but Harvard rallied in the second period to score a pair and take a 2-1 lead, with the second Crimson goal coming with 1:37 to play in the period. Jue came to the rescue, knotting the score just 45 seconds later to send the game to the third tied at two.

In the third, Karpenko scored just 2:55 into the period, making a nice move to fake out Kessler and slide the puck into the goal to Kessler's right. Harvard would tie the score 10 minutes later on Chute's tally, but Jue's wrist shot from the slot gave beat Kessler and sent the Big Red to the victory.

Cornell returns to action on Friday, traveling to Union for a 3 p.m. matchup in Schenectady, N.Y.