If the University of North Carolina basketball team were set to face Duke and Georgia Tech the week after it squared off against UNC-Greensboro and Winthrop, you might expect the Tar Heels to be looking ahead to their tougher match-ups.
Such was the case this weekend, as the women’s hockey team squared off with non-conference opponents Quinnipiac (7-17-2) and Sacred Heart (6-7-0) one weekend before it will host the top two teams in the country — Harvard and Dartmouth.
The Red icers weren’t looking ahead, though. They were focused.
It showed in a 7-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Sunday. The Red refused to take the Pioneers lightly, even after beating them 11-1 earlier in season.
Not only did the Red hold the Pioneers without a goal, but it only allowed six shots on goal the entire game, all of which were stopped by freshman goaltender Sarah McConnachie for her first career shutout. On the flip side, the Red barraged Pioneer goalie Stephanie Boulay with 50 shots. Boulay finished with 43 saves.
On the offensive side, sophomore Jen Munhofen led the way with the Red’s first score of the contest and then added three assists along the way. Right behind her with two points was senior captain Briana Jentner, who netted both of her goals within two minutes of each other. Senior Anita Khar and junior assistant captain Jamie Ramenofsky also added two assists apiece.
“I was very impressed with everyone’s patience with the puck,” said Ramenofsky, “I think it just goes to show how well we can play.”
Also tallying points for the Red were sophomores Vicki Hodkinson, Andrea Skinner, and Caitlin Warren, senior Alison Simpson, junior Maryann Nowak, and freshman Caroline Scott. In all, 10 girls who tallied at least a point in the game.
Three Red skaters tallied points the day before against Quinnipiac, but the Red lost to the Bobcats, 4-1. The Red tally was scored by Skinner just four and a half minutes into the game, with assists coming from Warren and Munhofen .
Despite the final score, the game was a close one, as the Bobcats netted an empty net goal and a late third period goal to ice it.
The Red had ample opportunity in the final two periods, as it outshot the Bobcats in each of the final two periods — a 12-7 margin in the second and a 15-6 margin in the third. Quinnipiac goalie Catherine Lepare was up to the task, however, finishing with 32 saves. Cornell also came up empty on two power play opportunities in the final two periods, and is now 1-31 on power plays over the past eight games.
“We’re not getting our shots away quickly,” said Ramenofsky, “we feel we are playing well on power plays, we just didn’t get the bounces.”
The Bobcats did get the bounces, and tied the game up on a power play goal early in the second period, beating freshman goalie Beth Baronick. Baronick made 25 stops in the game, including 16 in the first period.
Next weekend, the Red (4-13-1, 1-9-1 ECAC) will play host to the Crimson Friday night and the Green Saturday afternoon at Lynah.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro