Amy Curlew and Grace Graham both scored two goals to lead the third-ranked Cornell women's hockey team to a 4-1 win over St. Lawrence in an ECAC Hockey contest at Roos House Ice Rink at SUNY Canton on Friday night.
Curlew's scored twice in the first period to give the Big Red 1-0 and 2-1 leads, and Graham scored a shorthanded goal with just 4:25 left in the third period, then added an empty netter late to put the game away.
Rachel Teslak scored the lone goal for the Saints.
"Always an entertaining game when we play the Big Red," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We played some very good hockey and showed a lot of heart, especially in the second and third periods. We had some great chances to tie it up even strength and on the power play. Obviously not crazy about the loss, but happy with our game and effort."
Curlew scored her first goal halfway through the first period, flipping a backhand top shelf after taking a pass from the left side from Paige Lewis right outside the crease.
Teslak tied the game less than two minutes later, taking a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Cornell goaltender Lindsay Browning on the short side. Charlea Pedersen picked up an assist on the play.
But Curlew gave Cornell the lead again two minutes later, deflecting a shot from the point by Devon Facchinato down, and it bounced past St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan.
Graham's first goal of the game came after Kendra Nealy cleared the puck from deep in Cornell's zone to kill a Big Red penalty. The puck bounced off a St. Lawrence defender at the Saints' blue line right to Graham, who went skated in alone and shot high glove side for the shorthanded goal to give the Big Red a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.
She scored again just over two minutes later, leading a 2-on-1 break and opting to shoot on the empty net.
Browning made 24 saves for the Big Red; Morgan also had 24 saves for the Saints. Cornell had a 28-25 advantage in shots on goal, including a 13-6 edge in the first period.
St. Lawrence fell to 4-4-2 overall, 1-1-0 in ECAC Hockey play, while Cornell moved to 5-0-0, 3-0-0. The Saints will face Colgate at SUNY Canton on Saturday at 6 p.m.