Cornell downs No. 8 Colgate

Cornell downs No. 8 Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The No. 6/6 Cornell women's ice hockey team downed No. 8/8 Colgate, 4-2, Friday at the Class of 1965 Arena. Cornell (12-2-5, 10-2-1 ECAC Hockey) went 2-4 on power play opportunities on the afternoon.

The Big Red got on the board first with a power play goal from Kristin O'Neill. The junior forward found the back of the net after having her initial shot turned away by Colgate goaltender Julia Vandyk. The rebound popped right back out and she put it home.

Colgate (14-7-4, 8-3-2 ECAC Hockey) came back though with a late first period goal from Jessie Eldridge with three seconds left to even the score at one apiece.

Early in the second it was the Raiders that had several solid chances, but senior goaltender Marlène Boissonnault stood on her head. Around the 15:45 mark of the second the Big Red turned the puck over back in its own zone with two Raiders near the net. Boissonnault turned away the initial shot from Eldridge and blocked the second attempt on the rebound.

Cornell struggled to generate offense in the first portion of the second period, with just one shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of the period. The Big Red was then the beneficiary of two power plays.

Though it only fired one shot on goal in its first power play, the Big Red kept the puck in the offensive zone for nearly the entirety of the penalty. Cornell also generated many opportunities, but many of its shots were blocked by Colgate players.

On the second power play chance, the Big Red put the puck home. Lenka Serdar put home the rebound for her sixth goal of the year. The goal was set up with an initial shot from the blue line from Devon Facchinato. After Vandyk turned away the shot attempt from Facchinato, Diana Buckley tried poking the puck home, but was denied. Finally Serdar found the back of the net to give the Big Red the 2-1 lead.

The lead would not hold for long though, as Colgate's Ereli MacKay evened the score just 3:04 into the third period.

Amy Curlew netted her first goal of the season to give the Big Red the 3-2 lead with 8:16 left in regulation. Willow Slobodzian sent the puck up along the boards from her own defensive zone to Maddie Mills, who gained the zone. Mills patiently brought the puck to the back board and sent the puck across to Curlew who was skating to the slot. Curlew fired the one-timer to the left of Vandyk and into the back of the net.

The final goal of the afternoon also started in the Big Red's defensive zone. Jaime Bourbonnais flipped the puck forward to Grace Graham, who collected it at center ice. Graham then skated in uncontested and fired a decisive shot over the right shoulder of Vandyk.

In addition to netting two power play goals, the Big Red's special teams held the Raiders to 0-3 on power play chances.

The Big Red completes the second half of its  home and home with Colgate tomorrow back in Ithaca at Lynah Rink with a 3 p.m. puck drop.

NOTES TO KNOW

  • Boissonnault picked up her 46th career win. She is now just one shy tying Sarah Mott (1978-81) for third all-time in program history.
  • Curlew netted her third career game-winner and the first since her freshman year when she lifted the Big Red over St. Lawrence in the ECAC Hockey semifinal on March 4, 2017.
  • O'Neill netted her 12th goal of the season, which ties her with Mills for the team lead.
  • Serdar netted her sixth goal of the season with the Big Red's second goal of the game.
  • Graham recorded her fifth goal of the season.