By David F. Pendrys
NEW HAVEN, CT- The Red Hot Cornell Big Red came into Ingalls Rink on Friday, but encountered stiff opposition from the Yale Bulldogs resulting in a 2-2 tie. The Bulldogs had put Cornell in danger of losing in an upset but a valiant final effort brought the score even.
Paige Lewis put Cornell on the board first at 15:16. Jaime Bourbonnais had broken in on net and shot it only for a scrum to break out in front of the net and Lewis knocked it by Yale’s Tera Hofmann. Bourbonnais naturally picked up the assist.
The Bulldogs responded on the power play at 12:01 in the second when Laura Anderson put in a rebound from the right of Cornell’s Paula Voorheis. Kara Drexler had shot it from deep,and it had presumably deflected off Emma Vlasic before the puck eventually ended up on Anderson’s stick. Vlasic and Drexler gained the assists on the tying goal for their efforts.
As each team continued to go at it Emily Monaghan finally put Yale up at 13:12. Mallory Souliotis skated it down the side of the rink and fed it across to a streaking Monaghan who was perfectly positioned to send it in to the net. An additional assist went to Courtney Pensavalle.
As Yale hoped to close the door they had to kill off a late penalty, but after having survived that Amy Curlew struck for Cornell. She got the puck at the top of the Yale zone, and skated through a Bulldog defensive maneuver to flick it past the keeper. Assists went to Hanna Bunton and Micah Hart
Penalties would add an additional layer of suspense to the game’s closing moments as Cornell had to kill off the last 1:17 of regulation and part of overtime. Soon the tables had turned though and Yale had to kill off over a minute of five on three before having to get through another minute down a skater. The Bulldogs managed to escape this danger and the two teams left it with a tie.
Voorheis made 25 saves on Yale’s 27 shots. Hoffman made 36 saves on Cornell’s 38 shots.
Erin O’Connor, Hannah Bunton, Kristin O’Neill, and Sarah Knee all had 2 blocks for Cornell. Micah Hart, Brianna Veerman, Jaime Bourbonnais, Lenka Serdar, Paige Lewis, and Kaitlin Doering had 1 block each.
For Yale, Taylor Marchin had 7 blocks, Jordan Chancellor, Eden Murray, Grace Wickens, and Julia Yetman had 2. Emma Vlasic, Kaitlin Gately and Saroya Tinker had 1 each.
Yale would go on to lose to Colgate the next day. Cornell would go on to defeat Brown. Yale ended the weekend 10-13-4, 8-10-2 in the ECAC, and Cornell 17-6-4, 13-3-4 in the ECAC.
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