Cornell Gets Win Against Colgate

ITHACA, N.Y. – A pair of seniors in Kaitlin Doering and Hanna Bunton scored a pair of power-play goals against the top-ranked penalty-kill unit in the country, lifting the women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over ECAC Hockey foe Colgate on Tuesday night at Lynah Rink. The win moved #10 Cornell's record to 12-5-2 and 8-2-2 in conference play while Colgate's dropped to 15-6-3, 6-5-1.

After a slow first period from both teams, the Raiders opened the scoring 5:26 into the second period, taking advantage of a Cornell checking penalty when Shelby Perry took a wrist shot from the high slot, sending the puck through traffic and past senior goaltender Paula Voorheis.

Cornell was finally able to turn it around near the midway point of the game and forced Colgate into taking two penalties with physical play.

Ten minutes after Colgate had opened the scoring, Doering pulled Cornell even when sophomore Lenka Serdar fed the co-captain open at the bottom of the right circle. Doering was able to drag the puck to her forehand and beat Julia Vandyk inside the left post for her first power-play goal of the season.

Just 2:52 into the third period, Bunton found the net for the third-straight game to put Cornell up, 2-1, on the power-play, thanks to a Colgate tripping penalty. Bunton took a pass from sophomore co-captain Micah Harton a neutral zone regroup, skated down the right wing before cutting in through all four defenders at the top of the circle and sent a puck between Vandyk's left pad and the post.

It was the seventh power-play point of the year for both Bunton and Hart – coming against a Colgate team that entered the game with a 93.1 penalty killing percentage.

Cornell's defense did its part to limit the Raiders scoring chances as time wound down, with junior Erin O'Connor making a huge, perfectly timed slide to break up a 2-on-1 while freshman Valerie Audet made her second big block of the game on a shot from the slot and Voorheis made a three-save sequence to keep the puck out.

With Vandyk on the bench in favor of an extra-attacker, Colgate appeared to find an equalizer with 26 seconds on the clock after a scrum in front of Voorheis but it was ultimately called back on goaltender interference to preserve the 2-1 win for Cornell.

Voorheis made 21 saves between the pipes for the Big Red, including 11 in the second period while Vandyk also finished with 21 stops. Cornell held the 23-22 edge in shots on goal.

Cornell will head to the North Country this weekend to take on #3 Clarkson on Friday and #5 St. Lawrence on Saturday.