POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The No. 6 Cornell women's hockey team fell to the two-time defending national champion No. 4 Clarkson, 4-0, Friday night at Cheel Arena. The loss marks the end of the Big Red's eight-game win streak, which was tied with Clarkson for the longest in the nation entering the matchup.
Clarkson's Loren Gabel opened the scoring with a goal just under five minutes into the contest. The tally ended Cornell's streak of minutes without allowing a goal at 176:52, the program's longest streak since the 2010-11 season.
Cornell (16-3-5, 13-3-1 ECACH) had a solid opportunity moments after the goal with Paige Lewis on the doorstep. The junior attempted to sneak the puck past Clarkson goaltender Kassidy Suave, but Suave made an impressive save with her right pad.
The Golden Knights (23-5-1, 14-3-0) added three more goals in the opening stanza. Clarkson found the back of the net with 13:23 left in the first to go up 2-0 with the goal credited to Kristy Pidgeon. Kelly Mariani added the Golden Knights third goal of the night with 5:31 left in the period. Just over two and a half minutes later T.T. Cianfarano added Clarkson's fourth tally.
Lindsay Browning came on in place of Marlène Boissonnault after the fourth goal. The sophomore goaltender shutdown the Golden Knights, stopping all 10 shots she faced.
In the second period the Big Red had three power play chances, but the Golden Knights penalty kill unit shut it down each time. Both teams went 0-for-2 on power play chances in the third period.
The Big Red resumes action at 3 p.m. tomorrow when it takes on St. Lawrence in Appleton Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
NOTES TO KNOW
- Cornell's span of 176:52 without allowing a goal is the fifth longest in the program's Division I history.
- The Big Red outshot Clarkson 29-18.
- Cornell is now 4-2 against ranked opponents.