ITHACA, N.Y. – Behind three unanswered goals, the No. 6 Cornell women's hockey team defeated Brown, 4-1, Friday evening at Lynah Rink.
Both Maddie Mills and Micah Zandee-Hart had three-point performance. For Mills, who had two goals and an assist, it marks the fifth time this season she has reached the three-point barrier. On the other hand, it marks the first time since Jan. 15, 2016 that Zandee-Hart registered three points in a contest. All of Zandee-Hart's points came in the form of assists.
Both of Mills' goals came on the power play. As a team Cornell (17-3-6, 14-3-2 ECAC Hockey) went to 2-for-5 on the power play and held Brown (5-19-2, 2-15-2 ECAC Hockey) to 0-for-4. The Big Red's penalty kill unit did not surrender a single shot on net in any Brown's four power plays.
Cornell opened the scoring just under 12 and a half minutes into the contest, with Gillis Frechette scoring her first career goal. Frechette initially swung the puck behind the boards, where it found Maddie Mills, who connected with Zandee-Hart in the slot. Meanwhile, Frechette worked her way back into the play by skating to the front of the net as Zandee-Hart unleashed a one-timer. Frechette slightly tipped the puck in front of the net to redirect it past Calla Isaac.
"It was nice for Gillis to get that," said Head Coach Doug Derraugh. "She's been knocking on the door a lot this year. She's a real skilled hockey player. She has a lot of talent. I'm surprised that she hasn't been able to get up to this point. I wouldn't be surprised now with her getting her first if she scores on a more regular basis going forward.
Though the Big Red did a phenomenal job of limiting Browns' opportunities, the Bears managed to even the score at one near the midway point of the second period. After receiving a pass up the ice from Sena Hanson, Shay Maloney brought the puck in a fired it past Marlène Boissonnault.
The Big Red was quick to respond, regaining the lead just over two minutes later with Mills' first tally of the night on the power play. Zandee-Hart sent the puck across the ice at the top of the zone to Mills, who a few paces forward. At the left circle, Mills lifted the puck and send it home top shelf.
Jaime Bourbonnais tacked on an insurance just under a minute and a half later. Amy Curlew sent a strong shot on net that Isaac was able to turn away. The rebound worked its way all the way to Grace Graham who sent a cross-ice pass to Bourbonnais. The junior defenseman fired the puck over the right shoulder of Isaac to put the Big Red up 3-1.
The score could have been more lopsided had it not been for Isaac's 45 saves. Perhaps her most impressive denial came with 4:46 left in the second period. After winning a faceoff, Kristin O'Neill charged forward with Maddie Mills adjacent to her creating an odd man rush. O'Neill took the puck up the left side and held the puck long enough to draw Isaac before sending it over to Mills, who fired a one-timer. Isaac quick readjusted to cover the other corner of the net and take away the goal from Mills.
Mills would not be denied in the third period on the power play though. The Sewickley, Pennsylvania, native started by sending the puck to Kristin O'Neill who fed it back to Zandee-Hart. The defenseman unleashed a one-timer that went off the pipe and found its way back to Mills. With Isaac down on the ice away from the play, Mills collected the puck and guided it in for her second tally of the contest.
Boissonnault stopped nine of the 10 shots she faced. After only being tested once in the first period, the Bears registered four shots on goal in the second and five in the third.
"I thought she had a good night," Derraugh said, speaking of his junior goaltender. "She didn't get a ton of shots or a ton of work. The goal she gave up was 2-on-1. It was a really nice shot just off the crossbar. Not much she could on that."
The Big Red returns to action at 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Yale in its final regular season contest at Lynah Rink.
NOTES TO KNOW
- The Big Red improved its record at Lynah Rink this season to 10-1.
- Cornell outshot Brown 49-10.
- In addition to Mills and Zandee-Hart, Bourbonnais also had a multipoint game with two points.
- This marked Bossionnault's 50th career victory. She ranks third all-time on the Big Red's all-time wins list and needs just three more to tie Amanda Mazzotta (2008-11) for second place.