October 22, 2012

W. HOCKEY | Icers Split Two Game Series at Boston in Season Opener

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This past weekend marked the beginning of the hockey season at Cornell, as the women’s team took the ice on the road and split the series against Boston University. The Red (1-1) won the opener 5-2 Saturday, but lost the finale on Sunday, 5-1.

“We were able to come out strong this weekend,” said senior defenseman Lauriane Rougeau. “We just were not able to do the simple things during our second game on Sunday. We still have to work on execution.”

No. 2 Cornell scored four unanswered goals in the opener on Saturday after No. 3 Boston took a 2-1 lead in the middle of the second period. Freshman forward Anna Zorn scored the Red’s first goal at 4:24 in the second off an assist from junior defenseman Alyssa Gagliardi and sophomore freshman Jillian Saulnier. Cornell took the lead at 10:47 off a goal from sophomore forward Emily Fulton and assists from junior forward Brianne Jenner and Rougeau. The Red added two in the third period and was able to win easily.

“We were able to block shots, have more shots on net, and get a good amount of traffic towards the net in the first game,” Rougeau said. “However, everything we did in the first game we were not able to do in the second game.”

The Red took the early lead on Sunday on a goal from senior defenseman Laura Fortino off an assist from Saulnier and Jenner. However, the Terriers were able to dominate the rest of the game scoring five unanswered. Cornell was outshot 36-23 and went 1-6 on the power play.

“Of course it was a little disappointing any time we lose,” Rougeau said. “I know we can bounce back because we have the talent. We have a good mix of veteran leadership and freshman raw talent. We need to start playing the right way.”

The Red plays St. Lawrence University Wednesday night in the first game at Lynah Rink this season. Wednesday’s game is the first of six straight home games for Cornell as the next five include matchups against ECAC hockey teams.

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Original Author: Scott Eckl