SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The No. 6/6 Cornell women's hockey team used five unanswered goals to power its way past Syracuse, 5-2 Tuesday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Cornell (14-2-5) extended its win streak to six games with the win.
It was Syracuse (6-18-2) that got off to a hot start with two quick goals to start the contest. The first came off the stick of Anonda Hoppner just under four minutes into the contest. The Orange's second tally came with 12:03 left in the first from the Orange's leading goal-scorer Emma Polaski.
The Big Red was quick to respond with its first goal of the evening coming from Grace Graham. Jaime Bourbonnaiscollected the puck back in her own defensive zone and brought it up the length of the ice. The junior defenseman skated deep into the Big Red's offensive zone before finding Graham, who buried the straight away chance to cut the Orange's lead to one with 10:55 left in the opening stanza.
The Big Red had a strong opportunity to even the score at two with time winding down in the first period. After Syracuse goaltender Allison Small lost her footing, the Big Red fired a shot that Small was impressively able to stop.
Marlène Boissonnault came up with a big stop around the midway point of the contest. After a line change the Orange sent the puck up to Victoria Klimek, who was standing all alone at center ice. Klimek gained the zone and tried maneuvering with the puck to fool Boissonnault but the senior goaltender was not fooled and came up with a crucial save.
Minutes later, Paige Lewis evened the score at two with a redirect on the initial shot from Devon Facchinato. Kendra Nealey sent the puck to Facchinato who fired a rising shot towards the net. Lewis got just got just enough contact with her stick to change the path and find the back of the net.
"We sort of found or game about half way through," said coach Derraugh. "We started applying more pressure got a few goals, got a big power play goal in the third."
Kristin O'Neill netted what proved to be the Big Red's game-winning goal on the power play goal just over five minutes into the third. The play started with a Maddie Mills pass to Micah Zandee-Hart in the slot. Zandee-Hart then fired the puck on net and O'Neill redirected it past Small in net.
O'Neill now has five game-winners on the season, which is tied for the third most in the nation.
Zandee-Hart netted her second of the season with 6:42 left to put extend the Big Red's lead to two. Small denied Maddie Mills' initial on the doorstep, but could not coral the puck. Zandee-Hart skated in and put the loose puck home.
The Big Red added its final tally of the evening with a goal from Amy Curlew. Graham fired the puck up the ice to Curlew, who was all alone in the neutral zone. Curlew skated in uncontested and snuck the puck through the five-hole to put the Big Red ahead 5-2.
Bossionnault had a total of 22 saves on the evening on 24 shots faced. The senior goaltender is now 12-2-4 on the season.
"Credit to her mental toughness," Derraugh said of Boissonnault. "Got off to a rough start. They got the two quick goals on us. But to her credit she shut the door and had to make some big saves. I wouldn't say that we were great in the second period defensively and she made some huge saves for us."
The Big Red welcomes Union Friday at 6 p.m. and then Rensselaer Saturday at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
NOTES TO KNOW
- Boissonnault picked up her 48th career victory which puts her in sole possession of third place on the all-time wins list. Boissonnault entered the contest tied with Sarah Mott (1978-81) with 47 career wins.
- With her assist on the Big Red's first goal of the evening, Bourbonnais extended her point streak to six games. The Mississauga, Ontario, native has notched a point in all but three games she's played in this season.
- O'Neill now has a total of 15 career game winning goals, which ranks third in program history. She is three shy of tying Rebecca Johnston for second place all-time.
- Graham's goal was her sixth of the season. The junior forward has found the back of the net in three of her last four games.
- Curlew netted her second goal of the season.
- Lewis now has five goals on the season, three of which have come during the last five games.