Cornell

Game Notes: Cornell Prepares to Host Brown, Yale

ITHACA, N.Y. — The women's hockey team will welcome Brown and Yale to Lynah Rink this weekend for a pair of games with important ECAC Hockey implications. The Big Red will be looking to extend double-digit unbeaten streaks against both the Bears and the Bulldogs.
 
GAME #6: CORNELL BIG RED vs. BROWN BEARS
TIME: 6 p.m.
DATE: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
PLACE: Lynah Rink — Ithaca, N.Y.
LIVE VIDEO: Ivy League Digital Network
LIVE STATS: CornellBigRed.com
LIVE UPDATES: @CUBigRedGameDay
 
GAME #7: CORNELL BIG RED vs. YALE BULLDOGS (United Way Game)
TIME: 3 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
PLACE: Lynah Rink — Ithaca, N.Y.
LIVE VIDEO:  Ivy League Digital Network
LIVE STATS: CornellBigRed.com
LIVE UPDATES: @CUBigRedGameDay
 
RECORDS: Cornell 3-2-0 (1-2-0 ECAC Hockey), Brown 3-4-0 (1-3-0 ECAC Hockey), Yale 4-1-1 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey)*
 
*-records do not include Friday's results
 
GAME NOTES: Cornell | Brown | Yale

About the Big Red
The Big Red last played on Nov. 1 when it dropped a 2-1 game at Colgate in a tough conference battle. Freshman Kristin O'Neill broke a deadlock just 27 seconds into the third period with her fourth goal of the season but the Raiders tied the game 13 minutes later and then scored the go-ahead goal with 1:04 left on the clock to get the 2-1 win. Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis stopped 30 shots in the loss. … Cornell opened the season with a two-game sweep of Mercyhurst – the first season sweep of the non-conference rival in program history. In the ECAC Hockey opener, the Big Red dropped a tough 1-0 game to Rensselaer on Oct. 28 but earned the first conference points of the season the next day with a 3-1 win at Union. Sophomore Lenka Serdar, O'Neill, and senior co-captain Kaitlin Doering scored the goals.
 
About Brown
Brown enters the weekend with an overall record of 3-4 and a conference record of 1-3. The team opened the season with two wins over Sacred Heart before running into ECAC Hockey foes Princeton and Quinnipiac, losing to the ranked teams 4-0 and 8-0, respectively. Brown got its first conference win with a 3-1 against Union on Friday but dropped a 4-1 game to Rensselaer the next night. On Tuesday, the Bears lost to Connecticut, 3-1. … Brown is led in scoring by freshman Alley Rempe, who has three goals and five assists for eight points while Sam Donovan (5-1—6) and Bridget Carey (3-2—5) are second and third in scoring. The Bears have 13 different players with at least one point. … Three different goaltenders have seen time between the pipes for the Bears, with Monica Elvin getting the majority of the minutes. In going 2-2, the senior has a 2.86 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
 
The Series with Brown
Including last season's 2-2 tie at Lynah on Jan. 16 and 4-2 win in Providence on Feb. 21, Cornell's unbeaten streak against the Bears now sits at 18 games. The Bears last win against the Big Red came on Jan. 20, 2007, and Cornell's overall series lead is 47-34-9.
 
About Yale
Yale is coming off of a two-win conference weekend in which it outscored opponents 12-3. On Friday, the Bulldogs beat Rensselaer, 7-2, and then on Saturday topped Union, 5-1. The Bulldog's 2-1-1 conference record has them sitting in fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings. The lone loss came in a 4-1 game at home against No. 8 Quinnipiac and the lone tie in a 1-1 overtime battle with Princeton. Yale opened the season with two wins over RIT. … The Bulldog's 4.33 goals per game is tops in the nation while the team is converting on 19 percent of power-plays, which is seventh in the nation. … The Bulldogs have three players with at least 10 points through the first six games of the season. Krista Yip-Chuck leads the team with 12 points (4-8—12), Phoebe Staenz is second with 11 points (7-4—11) and Eden Murray is third with 10 points (3-7—10). Overall, 16 different Bulldogs have at least one point. … Tera Hofmann and Hanna Mandl have both started three games in goal for Yale. Hofmann is 2-0-1 in her three starts with a 1.30 goals against average and a .955 save percentage while Mandl is 2-1-0 with a 2.34 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

The Series with Yale
The Big Red currently holds a 15 game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs, with the last victory coming in the form of head coach Doug Derraugh's 200th career win on Feb. 13, 2016. Senior Hanna Bunton scored a pair of third period goals in that game to propel the team to the 4-2 win on the road. Earlier in the year, the Big Red topped the Bulldogs, 6-4, at Lynah. Cornell holds a 55-12-1 edge in the all-time series against Yale.
 
About Head Coach Doug Derraugh '91
Now in his 12th season directing the Cornell women's hockey program in 2016-17, Doug Derraugh has brought the Big Red women to their place among the nation's elite. He amassed a 202-126-28 record in his first 11 seasons as the head coach of the Big Red, with his 200th win coming in the form of a 4-2 win last year against Yale. Cornell has made the ECAC Hockey Tournament each of the last nine seasons, won the tournament four of the last seven years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in five of those seasons. Derraugh guided the Big Red to the national title game in his fifth season and back-to-back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He led the team to five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-2014.
 
Second Period Shutouts
Through the first five games of the season, the Big Red has not allowed a goal in the second period, making it the only team in the NCAA to do so. A trio of ECAC Hockey rivals – Colgate, Princeton and Yale – have each allowed two goals in the second period, which is the second best mark in the nation.
 
One Goal, Four Straight
Cornell opened the season with four straight games of allowing only one goal, making it the longest one-goal-or-less-streak to start a season in program history. During the 2012-13 season, the team had two streaks in the second half of the season – of four and five games – where it allowed one goal or less in consecutive games.
 
Saves and Shutouts
Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis has made a total of 68 saves in her three starts this season, giving her 1,735 saves in her career and placing her third all-time in program history. Alanna Hayes '98 sits first with 2,381 saves while Chantal Toth sits in second with 1,822. Voorheis, who made a career-high 47 saves against Clarkson in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals last year, made a total of 822 saves during the 2014-15 season, which is tops in single-season history. Voorheis also sits tied for fifth all-time with seven shutouts, two behind Hayes' who sits fourth with nine and 16 behind Amanda Mazzotta '12, who owns the record with 22.
 
Century Club
In the second game of the season against Mercyhurst on Oct. 22, senior Sydney Smith played in her 100th career game in the Cornellian red and white. Senior co-captain Kaitlin Doering skated in her 100th career game – and scored her first goal of the season – in Saturday's 3-1 win over Union. Senior forward Hanna Bunton creeps closer to the century mark with every game, as she has skated in 96 contests for the Big Red. Alyssa Gagliardi '13 holds the all-time record for career games played in program history with 138.
 
Freshmen Firsts
In the season-opening series against Mercyhurst, a member of the Class of 2020 played a factor in four of Cornell's five goals. In the first game, Valerie Audet scored the first goal of the season to tie the game in the first period before Jaime Bourbonnais slotted home the game-winner midway through the second frame. In the second game, Kristin O'Neill potted both goals for the Big Red, with Bourbonnais earning the primary assist on the first. … Paige Lewis earned her first point of the season on Oct. 29 against Union with an assist on the game's first goal.
 
Meet the Captains
Senior Kaitlin Doering and sophomore Micah Hart will be serving as Cornell's captains for the 2016-17 season. Doering is coming off a 2015-16 season in which she set a career high with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Hart led all Big Red defensemen last year with 18 points on one goal and 17 assists, finished the season with six multi-point outings and was second on the team with 56 blocked shots. Hart is just the fourth sophomore to don a letter in program history and the second to serve as a captain.
 
Preseason Honor
Sophomore defenseman Micah Hart was named to the preseason All-ECAC team. Cornell last had a representative on the preseason all-conference team prior to the 2014-15 season when both Jill Saulnier and Brianne Jenner were selected.
 
And Then There Were Five
When Cornell heads out west the day after Thanksgiving to play Wisconsin, it will be the first-ever meeting between the two storied programs. It will also drop the number of teams in Division I NCAA hockey that Cornell has never played down to five. The Big Red has yet to take the ice against two other WCHA teams in Minnesota State and North Dakota as well as two CHA teams in Lindenwood and Penn State. Merrimack, which joined Division I play in Hockey East at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, is the fifth team that Cornell has not played.  
 
The New Kids
The Class of 2020 makes up 37 percent of the Big Red roster this year and consists of six forwards and one defenseman. Grace Graham, Hanna Mutschelknaus, Valérie Audet, Paige Lewis, Kristin O'Neill and Amy Curlew will play up front, while Jaime Bourbonnais will patrol the blue line. Graham, Audet, O'Neill, Curlew and Bourbonnais all hail from Canada while Mutschelknaus and Lewis come from South Dakota and Connecticut, respectively.
 
Five Players, Six Medals
Entering the 2016-17 season, the Big Red has five players on the roster who have earned a collective six medals for Team Canada at the IIHF U-18 World Championships. Hanna Bunton assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime of the 2013 gold medal game. Micah Hart captained a 2015 squad that included Marlène Boissonnault and Kristin O'Neill to a silver medal, while O'Neill and Jaime Bourbonnais earned silver medals at the 2016 competition.
 
The 45th Season
With the start of the 2016-17 season, the women's hockey program is embarking on its 45th season of intercollegiate play and currently holds an all-time record of 540-490-62. Cornell, which began play with the 1972-73 season, is the second-oldest Division I women's program in the country still in existence. Brown began play in 1967-68.
 
Big Red Rewind
Cornell finished the 2015-16 season with a 13-14-4 record, which was good enough to make the ECAC Hockey tournament for the ninth straight year, but the team bowed out in the quarterfinal round to an eventual Frozen Four team in Clarkson. Hanna Bunton led the Big Red in scoring with 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points while Jess Brown and Kaitlin Doering finshed second and third, respectively. Paula Voorheis went 8-12-3 between the pipes and posted a 2.38 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. In six decisions, Marlene Boissonnault went 5-1 with a 3.02 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.
 
Four Cornellians Win Silver Medal at Four Nations
Laura Fortino '13, Jessica Campbell '14, Rebecca Johnston '12, and Brianne Jenner '15 all represented Canada at the 2016 Four Nations Cup in Vierumaki, Finland last week and came away with silver medals. After sweeping the pool play round with wins against Finland, Sweden, and the United States, Canada took an early one goal lead over the U.S. in the gold medal game before ultimately, 5-3.
 
Pro Pipeline
Between both the Canadian Women's Hockey League and the National Women's Hockey League, 10 Cornellians appeared on a professional opening night roster. In the CWHL, the 2016 Clarkson Cup-winning Calgary Inferno boasts five former Big Red skaters in Brianne Jenner, Hayleigh Cudmore, Jessica Campbell, and Rebecca Johnston. Emily Fulton is the lone Cornell graduate skating for the Toronto Furies. Cassandra Poudrier joins Lauriane Rougeau on the Montreal Les Canadiennes roster and Taylor Woods has reunited with former teammate Laura Fortino on the Brampton Thunder. In the NWHL, both Alyssa Gagliardi and Lauren Slebodnick are attempting to win their second-straight Isobel Cup with the Boston Pride.
 
Up Next
Cornell continues conference play next weekend when it heads to Quinnipiac and Princeton for games on Friday  night and Saturday afternoon, respectively.