The women’s hockey team wanted to get off on the right foot and gain some momentum before a stretch of nine games on the road — including trips to Colgate (9-4-1, 3-0-0 ECAC) and Boston to face an unbeaten Harvard squad. The Red’s 11 goals in its first stop seemed to be just the confidence boost it needed.
Fourteen different players had at least a point in the Red’s romp of Sacred Heart, 11-1, at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Scoring two goals for the Red against its non-conference opponent were junior Pearle Nerenberg and freshman Halina Kristalyn, for her first career points. Both Nerenberg and Kristalyn had three point nights, with each also tallying an assist. Freshman Caroline Scott earned her first career points as well, netting one goal and assisting on sophomore Andrea Skinner’s third period score.
“Any time a player has multiple point games their confidence level increases,” said head coach Melody Davidson about the two freshmen. “Not only on a personal level, but the team begins to have more confidence in them.”
The Red got a big night out of senior Jen Munhofen, who tallied a goal and three assists, and is currently tied for the team lead in points with junior defender Jamie Ramenofsky. Ramenofsky had an assist in the first period and another in a seven-goal outburst by the Red in the final period.
“It was a great weekend for all the players from a third period standpoint,” said Davidson, as the Red notched 10 combined goals in the third frame over the weekend.
Putting home goals in the third period against the Pioneers were Kristalyn, Skinner, and Nerenberg with two. Also tallying scores were senior Anita Khar off a feed from sophomore Emily Cabral, junior Maryann Nowak, and sophomore Caitlin Warren — all for their first goals of the season. Khar and Warren had two-point games as each notched an assist.
Another two-point effort came from senior captain Briana Jentner who notched two assists in the victory.
Three net minders made stops for the Red as sophomore Flora Vineberg and freshman Sarah McConnachie made 2 apiece, and classmate Beth Baronick made four saves to earn the win.
Yet, no victory was earned by either team’s goalie in a 4-4 tie with Quinnipiac.
The Red again exploded in the third period, as it came back from a 3-1 deficit to eventually take a 4-3 lead. Scoring for the Red was sophomore Vicki Hodgkinson, who tallied the first score of the game on an assist from Munhofen. Hodgkinson also netted the first of three third-period goals on assists from Skinner and Munhofen. The Red’s third score was on a power play goal by Simpson, with assists from Ramenofsky and Khar. Ramenofsky assisted on the Red’s final goal, feeding Kristalyn for her fourth point of the weekend.
Vineberg made 25 stops in net, but could not stop Vicky Graham’s shot from tying the contest after her save went off the skate of a Red defender and into the net, sending the game into overtime.
The Red put pressure on the Bobcats in overtime, getting four shots on goal, to even that stat up at 29 shots a piece, but could not send one home, and had to settle for a draw.
After a victory and a tie over the weekend, the Red finds itself with a 1-4-1 record heading into rematches with Clarkson and Colgate. Cornell will look to earn its first ECAC victory against the Raiders after dropping a close 2-0 battle with them at Lynah two weekends ago.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro