ITHACA, N.Y. (2/22/14) - Junior Brianna Leahy scored twice and had two assists to lead the Princeton women's hockey team to a 4-3 won over No. 3 Cornell in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lynah Rink.
These teams will meet again in the ECAC Quarterfinals next weekend. No. 3 seed Cornell hosts No. 6 Princeton in the best-of-three series beginning Friday, Feb. 28. Game times are yet to be determined.
The Princeton victory halted a nine-game unbeaten streak in the series as the Tigers beat the Big Red for the first time since 2008.
Jillian Saulnier put Cornell on the board first at 4:01. Alyssa Gagliardi got the puck on the blue line with Princeton pressuring deep. She circled into the left circle and found Saulnier open on the weak side and she popped it five hole.
Two Princeton power-play goals put the Tigers on top, 2-1.
Freshman Kelsey Koelzer scored first just 2:02 after Saulnier’s goal. Denna Laing and Jaimie McDonell played catch along the right boards before Laing sent it deep to Leahy. Leahy shuffled back to Laing and delievered a great pass into the slot for Koelzer.
Junior defender Ali Pankowski roofed a shot from the left circle at 11:56 of the second period, after Leahy got a rebound behind the goal and found Pankowski. It was the only goal of the period.
Leahy’s first goal and third point of the day came unassisted at 6:20. Leahy intercepted a Cornell pass just in front of her team’s bench and rifled a shot that went between the legs of Slebodnick. She was pulled after the goal and replaced with Paula Voorheis.
Saulnier made it 3-2 at 9:45. A backhanded pass by Gagliardi into the paint and Saulnier was there to capitalize
Leahy pushed the Tigers lead back out to 2, 4-2 with the would-be game winner at 17:01. The goal came 12 seconds after an injury timeout for a Cornell player. Laing dug the puck out of the corner for Sally Butler, Butler skated in towards the right post and slotted for Leahy who went blocker side on Voorheis.
Cornell pulled Voorheis for the final 1:53 and were able to get one extra attacker goal, by Emily Fulton at with 57.6 seconds left after a scrum out in front of the goal.
Sophomore goaltender Kimberly Newell had a terrific game making 36 saves as Cornell had a 35-16 edge in shots. Slebodnick made 10 saves on 13 shots, while Voorheis has two saves on three shots.
Princeton was 2 for 3 on the power play and 2 for 2 on the penalty kill.