No. 3 Cornell knocks off Union
Big Red rolls to victory despite missing six players
ITHACA, N.Y. -- A month off and a short-handed roster did not deter No. 3 Cornell. The Big Red scored under a minute into their game against Union, Kendice Ogilvie notched her first goal of the year off a pass from Erin Barley-Maloney, and the Big Red earned a 9-1 victory.
Cornell -- playing its first game since Dec. 3 -- earned its 11th victory of the year and the 100th in head coach Doug Derraugh's career.
Derraugh became just the second coach in program history to win 100 games.
Six Cornell players -- Catherine White, Chelsea Karpenko, Amanda Mazzotta, Hayleigh Cudmore, Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier -- missed the game as they traveled with Canada's under-22 team for the Meco Cup in Germany.
The Big Red (11-2, 7-1 ECAC Hockey) extended their winning streak against Union (3-16-2, 1-8-1) to 15 and have won four consecutive conference games.
Monika Leck added to the lead nine minutes later. Leck, getting the puck after a nice forecheck by Ogilvie, skated around the net and attempted a wraparound shot.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Wisc. 3, No. 2 Minnesota 3 (Wisc. wins shootout)|
|No. 3 Cornell 9, Union 1|
|No. 4 Boston College 3, Clarkson 2|
|No. 5 Mercyhurst 8, Syracuse 4|
|Minnesota State 2, No. 8 Bemidji State 1|
|Princeton 3, No. 10 Harvard 0|
The puck squirted underneath the pads of Union goalie Shenae Lundberg and gave the Big Red a 2-0 advantage. Leck's goal was her fourth of the year.
With just 16 seconds remaining in the first period, Alyssa Gagliardi took a tripping penalty. The Dutchwomen capitalized, potting a goal from a scramble in front with 2.7 seconds remaining to make it a 2-1 advantage for Cornell heading into the first intermission.
The second period was better for the Big Red, who didn't allow a goal and scored three of their own. The first came from Emily Fulton, who got her own rebound and trickled the puck past Lundberg.
Barley-Maloney scored next, marking her first goal in a Cornell jersey.
She scored her second goal for the Big Red on a power play in the third period to give Cornell an 8-1 lead. Barley-Maloney ended the game with four points on two goals and two assists.
Assisting on Barley-Maloney's first goal was Rebecca Johnston. The goal caused a goalie change, as Union's Alana Marcinko replaced Lundberg.
Defenseman Laura Fortino added the third goal of the second period on a nice give-and-go down low with Brianne Jenner. Fortino, skating down the right side of the rink, passed to Jenner in the corner behind the end line. Jenner gave the puck right back and Fortino fired a laser past Marcinko to make it 5-1.
Xandra Hompe extended the lead to 6-1, scoring her first goal of the season in the third period. Hompe also plays for the soccer team.
Leck added her second goal of the game just over a minute later, and after Barley-Maloney's second goal, Hompe capped the Cornell scoring with her second tally of the night.
In net for Cornell was sophomore Lauren Slebodnick, who maintained her perfect winning percentage by making 15 saves and moved to 5-0 on the season. Freshman goalie Katelyn Pippy also saw her first career action with the Big Red, playing the final 10:39 of the contest and making three saves.