February 25, 2012

Brown’s Season Comes to an End With 6-0 Loss at No. 3/3 Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y. - The third ranked team in the country and the No. 1 overall seed in the ECAC Hockey Playoffs, the Cornell women's ice hockey team came out fired up in game two to defeat the Brown Bears 6-0 at Lynah Rink on Saturday afternoon. The Bears were playing in the ECAC Hockey playoffs for the first time since 2006.  

The Big Red came out strong on the offensive attack firing on all cylinders scoring three goals in the first period of play.  

Cornell's first score came just 37 seconds into the game when Chelsea Karpenko rifled her season's 17th goal into the net after a pass from Erin Barley-Maloney.  

The Big Red increased their lead to 2-0 after a Brown slashing penalty set up Cornell for the power play score. Laura Fortino tallied her sixth of the year at 6:06. 

Fortino extended Cornell's lead to 3-0 with a shot right down the middle just three minutes later after receiving a pass on the left side from Kendice Ogilivie. 

Cornell rallied for three more goals in the second period, scoring its first on a power play after a Brown tripping penalty at 7:54 to gain a 4-0 advantage. The Big Red's Jillian Saulnier netted her 21st goal of the year after accepting a pass from Amanda Young. 

Just two minutes later, the Big Red made it 5-0 when Lauriane Rougea sent a shot in the high right corner of the net. 

Brown's offense picked up in the second and third periods as rookie Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) sent a shot that just missed right with 6:40 remaining in the period. At the other end, sophomore Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.), made several saves including stops at the 5:50 and 2:58 marks to keep Cornell from extending its lead. 

Cornell was able to get one past Moore with 1:59 left in the period to take a 6-0 lead when Erin Barley-Maloney snuck one by.   

Senior Vika Mykolekno (Kharkiv, Ukraine) started off the third period with a shot on goal for the Bears that was saved by Cornell's keeper Amanda Mazzotta. Another shot by senior Skyelar Siwak (Olds, Alberta) six minutes into the period looked primed to put the Bears on the board, but Mazzotta came up with the stop. 

The Bears had a goal called off near the 8-minute mark as it was put in by hand.

Cornell outshot the Bears 36-13, as Brown goalkeepers Katie Jamieson (Waterloo, Ontario) and Moore combined for 30 saves in net.  Jamieson tallied 14 saves in 27:54 of play and Moore earned 16 in 32:06.