Colgate’s top offensive line looked like one of the top lines in the nation last night, as the trio of Raider forwards combined for six goals, and the home team earned an 8-3 win over the women’s hockey team.
Cornell (3-14-3, 3-12-1 ECACHL) could not stop Colgate’s veteran tandem of Amanda Barre, Becky Irvine, and Allison Paiano, and the upperclassmen exploded for a highlight-reel performance. Junior goalie Flora Vineberg managed 30 saves for the game, but the Raiders’ attack was just too much.
Colgate (11-12-2, 5-7-2 ECACHL) scored four goals in the opening period — the first on a redirection from Barre. Junior defender Micki King added another goal at 8:16, on an assist from forward Cassie Reid. Barre then scored her second goal of the night at 11:44, on an almost impossible-to-save shot near the net. Reid finished off the early scoring at 15:53.
However, Cornell came out strong in the second period, dominating the early minutes. The Red managed to get on the board at 4:04, when senior forward Maryann Nowak netted a perfect top corner shot. It was her fifth goal of the year.
Only seconds later, sophomore forward Caroline Scott took the puck in the front of Colgate goalie Rebecca Lahar, and managed to fire it past her. Down 4-0 just a moment earlier, the Red was now down by only two goals.
With some new momentum, Cornell continued to pressure the Colgate defense. The Red would finish with 14 shots in the period, while holding Colgate to seven. However, the Raiders managed to score at 16:00 in the second period, when Paiano took the puck off a rebound, and found the net.
Yet, Cornell would score again, with a goal early in the third period. Less than a minute into the period, junior defender Becky Fisher made a well-timed pass to senior defender Jamie Ramenofsky. With a great screen by freshman forward Brianne Schmidt, the co-captain fired a shot past Lahar, making the score 5-3.
But Colgate’s top line returned to the ice moments later, and the forwards would soon put the game away. At 10:42, Irvine scored a power-play goal on assists from Tara French and Paiano. Less than two minutes later, Barre would earn her hat-trick with another impressive goal, on helpers from Irvine and Paiano. Paiano would end the scoring at 17:10, with her ninth goal of the year.
Irvine finished with 5 assists and a goal, and Paiano had two goals and three helpers. The top line combined for 14 points overall.
The Raiders had 38 shots in the game, while the Red had 27.
Cornell will look to rebound this weekend, with two non-conference games against Niagara, at Lynah Rink. Niagara is currently 9-11-2, with a 2-3-1 record in the College Hockey America conference.
Archived article by Ted Nyman
Sun Staff Writer