The Cornell women’s hockey team advanced to its second consecutive Frozen Four in style, matching an NCAA tournament record for goals in a game in a 7-1 victory over ECAC Hockey foe Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink. The second-seeded Big Red improved to 31-2-1 on the season with a win in front of 1,565 fans. Dartmouth’s season came to an end with a 22-12-0 mark.
With the victory, Cornell will face the winner of the Mercyhurst-Boston University game in one national semifinal, while Boston College (a 4-1 winner over Minnesota) will meet either Wisconsin or defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the other game with the national title game on the line. The Big Red’s 31 victories is the most by any Big Red hockey team, men’s or women’s, surpassing the 30-win men’s hockey team of 2002-03 that advanced to the Frozen Four.
Chelsea Karpenko scored two goals and had an assist, while Catherine White (goal, two assists) also had a three-point day. In addition, three players had multi-point efforts as Cornell scored two in each of the first two periods and three in the third to win going away. In goal, Amanda Mazzotta made 20 saves and allowed just a shorthanded goal in picking up the win.
Dartmouth Camille Dumais scored the lone goal for the visitors, while Margaux Shapiro and Geneva Kliman each had assists. Freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Holdcroft made 19 saves in the loss for the Big Green.
A high-energy first period ended with Cornell leading 2-1, including a flurry that saw all three goals put on the board in the span of 1:43. The Big Red started the scoring just eight seconds after being whistled for its first penalty of the day. With Catherine White in the box for checking, Brianne Jenner stole the puck just inside her own defensive end and skated the rest of the ice to, beating Holdcroft 1-on-1 put up her second shorthanded goal of the year as the partisan Lynah crowd exploded. That would be just the start of a wild two minutes.
A little more than a minute later, Dartmouth capitalized on the power play itself, as Camille Dumais found a loose puck near the right circle and beat Mazzotta top right to knot the game at 1-1. Margaux Sharp and Geneva Kiliman were credited with assists at the 15:27 mark.
Not to be outdone, and with the teams skating at full strength, Cornell answered right back with a quick score just 31 seconds later to regain the lead and the momentum, as Ogilvie wrapped around the goal and beat Holdcroft after being found behind the net by Karlee Overguard with 4:02 left in the period.
Mazzotta made five saves and Holdcroft tallied four in the first 20 minutes as the two teams were even 6-6 in shots. Both teams had one power play opportunity, with Dartmouth cashing in, but also allowing a shorthanded goal, while Cornell couldn’t capitalize on its only chance.
Despite another even period in terms of total shots on goal (11-11), the Big Red seemingly had every dangerous chance in the period, including two goals to put the home team up 4-1 entering the third. End to end action led to a offensive charge by the Big Red, and the goal finally came at the 12:51 mark when Hayley Hughes and Amanda Young each hit clean cross-ice passes to White, who buried her 21st goal of the season out in front of the left circle to up Cornell’s lead to 3-1. Fortino made it 4-1 just over two minutes later when White found her to the right of the crease, and her shot went over Holdcroft’s shoulder to extend Cornell’s lead to three. Karpenko was also credited with an assist on the play.
Cornell made it 5-1 with 15:59 left in the period when an initial shot by Johnston was saved and Karpenko buried the rebound. White was also credited with an assist for her third point of the contest. Cornell scored on a power play opportunity with 12:07 on the clock to salt the game away, extending the edge to 6-1 when Karpenko scored on another rebound off a saves shot by Fortino, with Lauriane Rougeau also earning an assist.
The lead kept going, as the home team scored on another power play, this time a whirling spin shot by Johnston after a great feed to the top of the crease from Karlee Overguard and Brianne Jenner with 4:58 remaining on the clock to close out the scoring.
Game time for the Big Red’s NCAA semifinal game will be available later this weekend.