No. 6 Colgate Comes Back to Top Cornell

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis made 30 saves and freshman Kristin O'Neill scored 27 seconds into the third period to give the women's ice hockey team a one goal lead but it wasn't enough on Tuesday night, as #6 Colgate made a comeback to take the game, 2-1. The Raiders found the equalizer with seven minutes remaining and then the game-winner with 1:04 left on the clock to remain undefeated.

Both teams created chances in the first period but the passes weren't quite connecting. Cornell's first period defense relied on several nice, individual efforts, with junior Sarah Knee reading a two-on-one and laying out to block a pass and freshman Jaime Bourbonnais and Hanna Bunton back-checking and collapsing on a Raider just as she reached the slot.

The Big Red's tenacity earned a power-play just over six minutes into the game when the Raiders were called for a holding penalty. A minute into the man-advantage, junior defenseman Sarah Knee a wrist shot off the post that was reviewed but ultimately upheld as no goal. Voorheis provided a constant in net with solid positioning and timely saves.

After a slow Big Red start to the second period - Cat Quiron and Bailey Larson broke in on another odd-man rush right off the opening faceoff and then Cornell was whistled for a penalty – Cornell began to gain some momentum as the game reached the halfway point.

Beginning with a shorthanded bid by Paige Lewis as a Big Red penalty expired, the Big Red had 13 consecutive shot attempts and drew a penalty shot when the forwards crashed the net and defender Hannah Rastrick fell on the puck in the crease. Bunton was unable to beat Vandyk on the penalty shot attempt, as she deked the sophomore to the ice but couldn't get the puck past the left pad.

That momentum carried through to the third period and the Big Red went up by one just 27 seconds into the final frame. Cornell controlled the opening draw and maintained possession in the Colgate zone, allowing Bunton to get a shot off near the bottom of the circle, and the rebound dropped loose in the crease. Senior Brianna Veerman took a whack at the puck and it popped out to O'Neill who finished it for her fourth goal of the season.

The Big Red continued to keep the offensive pressure on the uptick, with the defenders getting involved down low. Jaime Bourbonnais had a chance to make it 2-0 nine minutes into the period when she jumped into the play and was fed wide open in the high slot, but Vandyk made the save.

Colgate (8-0-1, 3-0-0 ECACH) took a timeout with 7:44 to go in the game and it paid off, as defender Lauren Wildfang skated through the top of the slot to find a lane before sending a shot over Voorheis' right shoulder and under the crossbar. The teams kept trading blows, but it was the Raiders that would find the net again when defender Cat Quirion jumped into the play and finished a two-on-one for the game-winner.

Both teams finished with 32 shots, while Vandyk (7-0-1) made one more save - 31 total - than Voorheis (1-2-0)

Cornell (3-2-0, 1-2-0 ECACH) will have 10 days of rest before welcoming Brown and Yale to Lynah Rink on Nov. 11 and 12, respectively. The Big Red will play the Bears at 6 pm. On Friday night before facing the Bulldogs at 3 p.m. on Saturday.