Cornell Suffers First Loss of the Year at Brown

Cornell Suffers First Loss of the Year at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 6/6 Cornell women's ice hockey team dropped its first game of the season to Brown, 4-3, on the road Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium. Cornell is now 4-1 overall and 3-1 in ECAC Hockey play, while Brown is now 5-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play.
 
Brown opened the scoring just over two and a half minutes into the contest with a backhander from Veronica Alois that slipped past Marlène Boissonnault in net.
 
Maddie Mills had the first tally of the afternoon for the Big Red with 7:28 left in the first. With Brown making a line change, Diana Buckley retrieved the puck in Cornell's defensive zone and made an intuitive pass ahead to Grace Graham. Graham brought it into the zone up the right side drawing Brown goaltender Calla Isaac and found Mills planted at the opposite side of the net, who put home the easy goal.
 
Cornell took its first lead of the game with 3:12 left in the first with a score from Graham. The junior found the back of the net after Pippy Gerace threw a shot on net. Isaac made the initial save, but Lenka Serdar poked at the puck to keep her from freezing it. The puck eventually made its way out of Isaac's reach and Graham put home her second tally of the year.
 
Brown scored three goals in the second period to take the 4-2 lead. Sena Hanson had two of the tallies for the Bears while Abby Nearis had the other.
 
Cornell cut the lead to one on Sam Burke's second goal of the season with 21 seconds remaining in the second. The freshman tossed a backhander top shelf to bring Cornell within one.
 
The Big Red had several chances in the third, putting 11 shots on goal but each opportunity was turned away. Isaac finished with 38 saves on afternoon.
 
Cornell was without Kristin O'Neill, Jaime Bourbannais and Micah Zandee-Hart – all of whom will be competing for the Canadian national team at the 4 Nations Cup from Nov. 6-10.

The Big Red returns to action next weekend with a pair of non-conference games next weekend when it takes on Mercyhurst on Saturday and Sunday.