Women’s Hockey Drops Home Opener to Begin Halloween Weekend

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Updated: October 31, 2014

The Cornell women’s hockey team (0-3-0, 0-1-0 ECACH) fell to Princeton (2-1-0, 1-0-0 ECACH) in its regular season debut at Lynah Rink on Friday afternoon. The Big Red took to the ice on Halloween and struck some fear in their Ivy League counterparts with two 3rd period goals, but it was not enough to overcome Princeton’s second period onslaught.

Despite dominating play out of the gate, it was the Tigers who struck first. Almost exactly half way through the first period, Fiona McKenna received a left to right pass from teammate Brianna Leahy and capitalized on the breakaway opportunity by finishing a shot into the right corner of the net.

Cornell tied the score with 20 seconds remaining in the period, as Jess Brown found a loose puck in front of the net and slammed it into the back of the net to secure a 1-1 tie going into the first intermission. Brown had missed out on several opportunities throughout the period and finished one off when it counted most.

Princeton provided the difference makers fresh out of the gate in the second period. In a span of two minutes and twenty-one seconds, the Tigers struck for three impressive goals and took a commanding 4-1 lead. Just 32 seconds into the period, Molly Contini tapped the puck past goalie Paula Voorheis. With 17:44 remaining, Audrey Potts found an open lane on the left side of the ice and beautifully wristed a shot over the left shoulder of Voorheis. Just 37 seconds later, it was Kiersten Falck who found a line and scored on a wrister of her own, this time past the left pad of Voorheis. That would spell the end of the day for the goalie, who was taken out of the game and replaced by Amelia Boughn.

Sarah Knee attempted to start the comeback effort with Cornell down 4-1, as she sent a hard slap shot off the body of a Princeton defender that deflected into the net. But with 2 minutes remaining, Princeton regained a three goal advantage on a hard shot from the point by captain Ali Pankowski.

Down 5-2 to start the third period, Cornell came out aggressive. Emily Fulton weaved her way through the Princeton line and scored on a wonderful wrist shot after the great individual effort. With Princeton maintaining a defensive mindset throughout the period, Cornell would have to try for over 15 minutes to get their next goal, which would prove to be their final one. Another loose puck in front of Princeton’s net was knocked in by Brianna Veerman, cutting the score to 5-4.

Despite pulling the goalie and having a one player advantage, Cornell could not find the back of the net to tie the game, and Princeton held on for a well-earned victory. It was a tough loss for a Cornell team that fought back from a large deficit. The team struggled to find its stride without the presence of head coach Doug Derraugh and senior leaders Jillian Saulnier and Brianne Jenner, all of whom were representing Team Canada in national competition on Halloween weekend.

The team has a quick turnaround this weekend, as powerhouse Quinnipiac will enter Lynah Rink on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Cornell has a tough task with the number 5 ranked team, but they will look to use the four goal performance to spark their play on the first day of November.

Big Red Sports Network has the audio only call for the game, starting at approximately 2:45pm on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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