Second-Period Surge Leads Princeton Past No. 5 Cornell

Second-Period Surge Leads Princeton Past No. 5 Cornell

PRINCETON, N.J. (1/5/18) – A strong late second, early third-period surge led the Princeton women's hockey team (6-9-4, 5-7-1 ECAC) past No. 5 Cornell (8-5-1, 6-3-0 ECAC) 5-2, on Friday night at Hobey Baker Rink.
 
Down 2-1 early in the second period, Princeton defender Stephanie Sucharda sparked a four-goal rally with her first of the season to even the game, 2-2, with 8:37 left in the period. Tigers' freshman Amanda Harris tipped in the go-ahead goal with 7:35 remaining in the period. Sophomore Claire Thompson rifled a shot from the blue line, which was deflected first by senior Kiersten Falckbefore Harris redirected the tipped in the eventual game winner.
 
Holding onto a one-goal lead in the third period, junior Karlie Lund skated towards the net and finished to the near post for Princeton's insurance goal just 49 seconds into the period. Junior Keiko DeClerck sent in the dagger, off the counter attack, as she skated into Cornell's end and slid in the empty netter with nine seconds left in the contest.
 
Princeton sophomore Carly Bullock opened up the game with a hard finish from teammate Lund with 3:10 left in the first to grab the early 1-0 lead.
 
Cornell freshman Joie Phelps answered a minute later as she wrapped around the net and sent in the equalizer. As the second period began, the Big Red capitalized on the power play as Lenka Serdar and Devo Facchinato set up Sarah Knee for the go-ahead goal, 2-1, with 14:57 left in the period.
 
Princeton sophomore Stephanie Neatby had a strong game between the pipes, tallying 30 saves on 32 chances. Cornell goalkeeper Lindsay Browning recorded 20 saves on 25 chances in her first start in net.
 
Cornell outshot Princeton, 32-25, while the Tigers held the edge in faceoffs, 43-63 to 20-63. The Big Red converted on just 1 for 6 power plays, whereas Princeton was just 0 for 2.
 
Princeton will aim to knock off its second top-five opponent at Hobey Baker Rink as the Tigers welcome No. 4 Colgate on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. with coverage on the Ivy League Network.