ITHACA N.Y. – The No. 6 Cornell women's team sent off its senior class with a win in their last-ever regular season contest at Lynah Rink as the Big Red (18-3-6, 15-3-2 ECAC Hockey) shut out Yale (7-18-2, 6-12-2 ECAC Hockey), 4-0.
There is still more hockey to be played in Lynah though for the four members of the senior class, as Cornell has clinched home-ice for the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals, which will be held the first weekend of March. Additionally, with the 32 points the Big Red is now just one point off first place Princeton.
Senior goaltender Marlène Boissonnault picked up her 15th career shutout and her 51st career win. The Dundee, New Brunswick, native turned away all 15 shots she faced. She is now just two wins shy of tying Amanda Mazzotta (2008-11) for second place on the program's all-time wins list.
The Big Red got on the board just past the midway point of the first period with a goal from Grace Graham. After Micah Zandee-Hart slammed the puck against the back boards, Diana Buckley sent a backhanded pass in front of the net, where Grace Graham and Amy Curlew were planted. Curlew lightly brazed the puck before Graham sent home the point-blank opportunity.
Cornell added to its lead in the second period with a tally from Kristin O'Neill. O'Neill started by sending the puck to Burke, who took skated past the goal line. Meanwhile, O'Neill positioned herself in between three Yale defenders. Burke sent a decisive pass through to O'Neill who managed to direct the puck past Yale goaltender Tera Hofamnn.
O'Neill added her second tally of the afternoon with 8:35 left in the third. The play started behind the Big Red's net when Kendra Nealey sent the puck up to O'Neill brought it up before squeezing a cross-ice pass through to Maddie Mills, who gained the offensive zone. Mills drew the Yale defenseman before quickly sending it back to O'Neill, who continued her charge to the net. O'Neil faked left then snuck a backhanded shot five hole to put the Big Red up 3-0.
O'Neill is now four points shy of reaching the 100-point mark. In 86 games played she's recorded 53 goals and 43 assists.
Willow Slobodzian added an empty-netter with 23 seconds remaining make the score 4-0. The tally marked Slobodzian's first goal since Nov. 24 against Robert Morris.
The Big Red concludes its regular season slate on the road next weekend when it takes on Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 22 and Union on Saturday, Feb. 23.
NOTES TO KNOW
- After the contest, the Big Red honored its senior class consisting of Boissonnault, Buckley, Pippy Geraceand Lenka Serdar. Since joining the team, the Big Red has a record of 72-35-18.
- The Big Red outshot Yale 36-14.
- Graham had a goal and an assist, which marks her fourth multipoint contest this year.
- Burke finished the day with a total of two assists, which marks her second career multipoint game.
- Cornell went 1-for-4 on the power play and held Yale to 0-for-3.