No. 3 Cornell Powers Past Brown

No. 3 Cornell Powers Past Brown

Ithaca, N.Y. – Playing in game number two of a four-game ECAC Hockey road trip, the Brown Bears ran into the No. 3 team in the Nation, Cornell. Brown (1-1-1, 0-1-1) was able to hold the offensively potent Big Red attack to three goals in the first period, but the Cornell offense prevailed 9-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink.

Cornell (3-0-0, 3-0-0), fresh off nine-goal performance on Friday night versus Yale, showed why they are the No. 3 team in the country, controlling the puck for much the first half of the initial period, out-shooting the Bears 5-0.

The Big Red scored first in the contest with a slapshot goal from rookie Jillian Saulnier at 9:21 in the first. The transition goal was set up nicely by Brianne Jenner, and allowed Saulnier to rip one high to the stick side.

1:20 later, Cornell increased its advantage to two, creating a crowd around the Brown net which allowed Chelsea Karpenko to sneak one past the goal line. 

The first penalty of the game came on an interference call at 12:37, which tested Brown's special teams. The kill unit stood strong, clearing the puck twice, while junior goaltender Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) made two saves. 

Despite the early deficit, the Bears did an excellent job of limiting Cornell's chances, holding the Big Red to just 15 shots in the first period. Just 20 hours earlier, Cornell had racked up 26 shots in the first period against Yale.

Brown started the second period on a penalty and then quickly pick up a second to put the Big Red on 5-on-3 advantage for 1:05. Jamieson made three saves as the Bears were able to work off the first penalty, before working down the clock to kill the second. 

Cornell was once again first to score in the second stanza as Karpenko controlled a loose puck in front of the Brown goal at 5:30 and went high and right to put the Big Red up 3-0.

The Bears got their first power play opportunity at 8:11 when rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontrario) was nearly taken down by a hook on a breakaway. Brown found a few opportunities, but Big Red goalie Lauren Slebodnik was able to turn them away.

Cornell found its offensive groove with just over six minutes to play in the second, netting three goals in the span of 45 seconds to go up 6-0.

Brown nearly found its first goal at 17:46 in the second, crowding Slebodnik after a shot on net. The puck was loose and forced into the Cornell goalie's pads, but even with four players pushing for the puck, it could not find its way in.

Cornell added power play goals at 1:43, 9:13 and 19:29 in the third for the team's second-straight 9-0 victory.

For the Bears, Jamieson finished with 27 saves in 34:23 minutes, while sophomore Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) made 13 stops in 25:37.

The Bears will continue its four-game ECAC Hockey road trip this coming weekend when the squad faces Princeton on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., before taking on Quinnipiac on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.