While the men’s hockey team is battling Harvard and Brown in the friendly, fish-filled confines of Lynah Rink this weekend, the women icers will be facing those teams on the road. The games may not be as hyped on the women’s side but the competition will be just as fierce — the Crimson and the Bears boast two of the best records in the league.
After dropping two to ECAC powerhouse St. Lawrence last weekend, the Red (3-14 overall; 2-6 Ivy) will hit the ice tonight hoping to snap a five game losing streak. It won’t be easy though, as both Harvard and Brown easily handled the women in November, handing them their first two losses of the season.
The Crimson (9-7-1 overall; 3-2-0 Ivy) is coming off a solid 7-2 exhibition win against Connecticut last weekend and sits at No. 12 in the National Pairwise Rankings. Last season saw Harvard qualify for the NCAA National Championship, but it lost two of the nation’s top three scorers to graduation.
With just two remaining seniors the team now depends on a strong class of juniors and one of the nation’s top freshmen, Nicole Corriero. Corriero currently ranks fifth in the nation in points and third in goals scored. The Red will have to keep an eye on her as well as junior Kalen Ingram, who also sits in the nation’s top 20 in scoring. Defensive intensity will be a huge factor in the game as well, as Harvard currently boasts the highest power play percentage in the nation.
The weekend won’t get any easier for Cornell, as tomorrow’s opponent, Brown, looks to be even tougher. Ranked No. 7 in the country in both Pairwise Rankings and the USCHO poll, the Bears are riding a six game winning streak and have lost just once at home this season.
Like the Crimson, Brown boasts some of the nation’s top individuals and a potent offense. Add to that the number one penalty kill percentage in the nation and the Cornell women will have their work cut out for them. Don’t count the Red out yet, though. Accustomed to being the underdog, some of the team’s best play this season has come against tough competition like No. 3 Northeastern, who needed an extra session to take the win earlier this month.
This weekend could very well see four wins for Cornell hockey and two very unhappy Ivy foes.
Archived article by Sarah Spain