Ithaca, N.Y. – On Friday night at Lynah Rink, the Cornell Big Red showed why they have not lost a game in ECAC Hockey play this year and have only one loss and one tie on their overall record. Cornell's offense attacked all game and tallied seven goals through the first two periods. Brown's defense was able to ratchet shut in the final stanza, but its offense could not get going, leading to the 8-0 loss.
It did not take long for the potent Big Red offense to strike as just 40 seconds into the game Cornell netted its first goal. 2:21 later, the lead increased to two for Cornell as its offensive attack kept pushing down on the Brown defense.
At 8:36, it looked as though the Big Red would go up by three, but rookie goaltender Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.), who drew the unenviable start in net, made a sprawling glove save on an off-balance lunge. The freshman netminder made 12 saves in the first period
Moore could only do so much as shortly after, four Cornell players pilled up in front of the Brown net and Rebecca Johnston eventually pushed it past the pads of Moore for her second goal of the game and a 3-0 Big Red lead.
The Bears got the first power play of the game after defender Amanda Young hooked Erica Kromm (Naramata, British Columbia) with the 3:05 to in the first period. It was the Cornell penalty kill that shined however, not allowing Brown to take advantage of the extra attacker.
The quick scoring at the beginning of periods continued for Cornell as the team tallied its fourth goal of the game just 1:46 into the frame. The goal was scored by Brianne Jenner who became the second Big Red player to put two pucks in the net. Jenner also tallied her fourth point of the day on the score.
Cornell went on the attack at 12:19 after a Brown penalty gave the Big Red a five-on-four advantage. The deficit was compounded after a second Bear infraction with 53 seconds left on the initial penalty gave Cornell two extra attackers.
The Brown penalty kill played very well, working off the initial penalty, but just three seconds after the Bears got a skater back, Jenner forced home a rebound for the hat-trick and a five goal Cornell lead.
The Cornell offensive attack did not slow down as the Big Red tallied two more goals to take a 7-0 advantage into the second intermission.
At the start of the third the Bears were finally able to corral some of the Big Red offensive attack, keeping them off the board for the first half of the period highlighted by two more penalty kills.
The improved defense was not enough however as the constant Cornell attack, kept the Bears from setting up their own. The Big Red was able to add a goal with just 44 seconds remaining to push the score to 8-0.
Despite the goals, Moore played well in net for the Bears, stopping 12-plus shots in each period, finishing with a total of 40 saves.
The Bears five-game road trip continues tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. with game number four of the away swing against Colgate.
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Pictured Above: freshman goalie Aubree "Breezy" Moore : photo courtesy of David Silverman