Cornell Claims League Championship

Photo by Patrick Shanahan
Photo by Patrick Shanahan

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Sophomore Kendice Ogilvie's shot over the shoulder of Clarkson netminder Lauren Dahm at the 7:52 mark of overtime lifted the Cornell women's hockey team to its first-ever ECAC Hockey championship on Sunday evening at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. The win continues the dream season for Cornell, which advances to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

Ogilvie earned the tournament's most outstanding player award after picking up an assist on the night. She was joined by goaltender Amanda Mazzotta, forward Chelsea Karpenko, defenseman Lauriane Rougeau, Clarkson forward Gabrielle Kosziwka and Clarkson defenseman Danielle Boudreau.

Karpenko had a goal and an assist on the day for the Big Red, which also got goals from Laura Fortino and Catherine White. Rougeau had a pair of assists, with Laura Danforth and Liz Zorn also chipping in an assist in the game. Mazzotta stopped 35 shots in the victory for the Big Red, which improved to 19-8-6 on the season.

For Clarkson, Boudreau had a goal and an assist to lead the Golden Knights, including the game-tying goal with 3:56 to play in the third period. Melissa Waldie and Juana Baribeau both had a goal, with Dominique Thibault and Britney Selina both adding an assist. Dahm stopped 14 shots in taking the loss for Clarkson, which fell to 23-11-5 on the season.

Cornell got on the scoreboard first with White's goal, being sprung on a breakaway by an outlet pass from Danforth with just under 30 seconds to play in the first period. White's shot beat Dahm high as Cornell took the 1-0 lead at the 19:26 mark of the first period and carried the lead into the first intermission.

In the second, Fortino scored off a wild scrum in front of the Clarkson net at the 8:11 mark of the period. Karpenko's shot from the wing was stopped by Dahm, but Rougeau collected the rebound, skated around the Clarkson goal and flipped the puck to the front of the net. There, Fortino somehow chipped the puck up in the air, bounced on the prone Dahm and into the net for the 2-0 Cornell lead.

Karpenko would make the score 3-0 four and a half minutes later when Ogilvie gloved down a puck at center ice and played it ahead to Karpenko on a breakaway. The sophomore's wrist shot beat Dahm high to the stick side, prompting a timeout from the Clarkson coaching staff with 7:22 to play in the second period.

From there, Clarkson cut into the Cornell lead. Waldie scored first off a rebound off a shot from Boudreau at the 17:20 mark of the period to put the Knights on the board at the end of two periods. In the third period, Clarkson, on the power play, again cut into the lead with Baribeau's shot from the point finding its way through traffic and beating Mazzotta. Then, with 3:54 to play, Boudreau scored again on the power play to knot the game and send it into overtime.

In the extra session, Cornell only took one shot, but it was the only one that mattered. Dahm went behind her net to play the puck into the corner, where it was played back around behind the net. This time, though Zorn was camped out there, chipping the puck into the air, where it appeared to be lost by the Clarkson defense. Zorn then fed Ogilvie in front of the goal, where she potted her fifth goal of the season to give Cornell its first-ever league championship appearance.