CANTON, N.Y. -- Lindsay Browning posted a career-high 35 saves as the No. 6 Cornell women's hockey team tied St. Lawrence, 1-1, Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena.
"[Browning] played really well," said head coach Doug Derraugh. "She made some really big saves especially in that first period. We didn't come out with a great start, we took a lot of penalties. We needed her to make a lot of big saves for us to stay in this game."
The Big Red (16-3-6, 13-3-2 ECAC Hockey) allowed just three shots in the first six minutes. After the Finley Frechettewas whistled for hooking 3:56 into the contest, Cornell's penalty kill unit didn't allow a single shot on net throughout the duration penalty. After the kill, St. Lawrence's offensive attack picked up with the Saints firing a total 12 more shots in the period, but Browning had the answer each time.
"Both games on the road this weekend got off to slow starts. That's something we're going to have to correct if we're going have any success in the playoffs," Derraugh said. "We played much better in the second and third in both games."
The Saints' (13-12-5, 8-6-4) lone goal of the afternoon came with 8:34 left in the second period on the power play. Justine Reyes sent a blast that Browning made contact with, but the puck trickled into the net to put the Saints ahead 1-0.
Cornell got on the board just over two minutes into the third period with a goal from Jaime Bourbonnais. The Big Red sent the puck along the boards from behind its own net. Paige Lewis tipped it forward to Lenka Serdar, who took it into the offensive zone. Meanwhile, Bourbonnais, who was trailing behind the play, crashed the right side of the net. Serdar sent a decisive pass across the ice to Bourbonnais who put home the goal.
The Big Red continued to call on Browning in the third. With just over seven minutes remaining the Saints had an odd-man rush with Nadine Edney bringing the puck up the ice. Edney fired a shot that Browning blocked but the rebound bounced back to Kayla Nielsen on the doorstep. Browning quickly recovered forcing to Edney to push it wide of the net.
In overtime, Cornell controlled the puck for much of the first four minutes, firing off six shots. The Saints established possession for the last minute, but the Big Red surrendered just one shot on goal.
Cornell resumes play next weekend when it hosts Brown and Yale next weekend. The Big Red will take on the Bears at 6 p.m. on Friday and will have its senior day game at 3 p.m. against Yale the following day. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
NOTES TO KNOW
- The Saints' goal in the second period ended Cornell's consecutive penalties killed streak at 30, which dated back to Jan. 12 against Quinnipiac.
- Browning's 35 denials is also a season-high for the Big Red this year. The previous high belonged to Marlene Boissonnault, who made 31 saves against Princeton on Jan. 11.
- After being outshot 15-3 in the first period, the Big Red mirrored the Saints in the second in third period with 11 and nine shots, respectively. Cornell outshot St. Lawrence 6-1 in overtime.
- Bourbonnais goal was her seventh of the season.