A weekend full of conference opponents allows for the opportunity to tally four points in the league standings with two wins. For Cornell Big Red, the Women’s Hockey team accomplished that exact feat, yet again in a weekend home-and-home series with the number eight Colgate Raiders.
With the ECAC being a competitive conference, it came as no surprise that the matchups between the Big Red and the Raiders would turn into a pair of top-10 showdowns. Raiders entered the weekend on a four-game unbeaten streak, having swept the previous weekend over Harvard and Dartmouth, a similar feat achieved by the Big Red.
Friday night saw the Big Red travel to Hamilton for the first of the two matchups. The Big Red and Raiders went back and forth for the first half of the opening period. Cornell would be the first on the board after Colgate would be shorthanded on a holding minor that allowed for the Big Red’s power-play unit to go to work. The Big Red’s junior captain, Kristen O’Neill, showcased her ability to stick with a play after her initial shot was saved by Colgate’s Julia Vandyk, who coughed up a rebound that O’Neill netted for the 1-0 lead.The Big Red looked as though it would be able to take the 1-0 lead into the locker room as the first period was coming to a close. The Raiders had a different idea of how the scoreboard should look at the break and netted an even-strength goal with three seconds remaining in the period.
Both teams looked to increase the number of shots in the second period after Vandyk saw four and Cornell’s Marlène Boissonnault saw five. Both teams would almost double their first period chances in the second period and Cornell would be the beneficiary of the lone second period shot that found the back of the net. Lenka Serdar would clean up a rebound in front of the net and tally the go-ahead goal late in the period.
In the third, Colgate wasted little time tying the game before Amy Curlew broke the deadlock for the Big Red midway through the final frame. The junior’s goal would be followed soon after by Grace Graham’s fifth of the season, solidifying the 4-2 road victory.
On Saturday, The Big Red looked to make it five straight wins as they took on the Raiders again, this time inside of Lynah Rink.
The first period was far from ideal for Colgate as it recorded only two shots against Boissonnault, who stop both chances. The Big Red fired eight shots in the period and found the back of the net on a Maddie Mill redirection of a Jamie Bourbannais shot midway through the opening frame. Six minutes later, Cornell would take a 2-0 lead thanks to a shorthanded goal by Serdar.
In the second period, Colgate stormed back as Jessie Eldridge, the team’s leading scorer, netted a goal just over three minutes in. Eldridge would tie the game at 2-2 just 10 minutes later.
A minute after the game became tied, Serdar scored her second of the afternoon on the power play from a long shot wide from Willow Slobodzian, who tallied the assist. The finishing blow would come just 56 seconds later when Serdar, picking up her third point of the day, passed to Kendra Neely who’s shot deflected off of Paige Lewis for the fourth Big Red goal.
With the 4-2 win, the Big Red (13-2-5) are now winners of five straight games and are set for another home weekend against Union on Friday and RPI on Saturday.
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