New Hampshire women's hockey defeats Cornell, 4-3

ITHACA, N.Y.- The Cornell women's ice hockey team was unable to overcome a 3-0 first period deficit to eighth-ranked New Hampshire, eventually falling 4-3 to the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon, February 17 in Lynah Rink.

New Hampshire, which defeated Cornell 8-1 in Durham on Nov. 18, jumped all over the Red in the first period. UNH forward Michelle Thornton was able to put the puck past Cornell sophomore goaltender Sanya Sandahl (Superior, Wisc.) at 4:57 to start the deluge of scoring in the opening period for the visitors.

Carolyn Gordon would put the Wildcats up 2-0 at 7:16 when she stole the puck behind the Red net and beat Sandahl. UNH struck for a final time in the period, this time on a power play when Jaime Van Massenhove stuffed a rebounded Kristen Thomas shot past a sprawled Sandahl at 18:58 for the 3-0 lead.

The Big Red played aggressively after the first intermission, constantly attacking the Wildcat zone. The pressure paid off when sophomore Brooke Bestwick (Nanaimo, B.C.) grabbed a loose puck off a face off and passed to senior Erica Olson (Minneapolis, Minn.). Olson found junior winger Sarah Olivier (Gloucester, Ont.) in the slot for the first Cornell goal at 4:32. The trio would hook up again at 7:11, this time with Olson tallying the score to pull the Red witnin 3-2 heading into the third.

Play remained even throughout the third until Van Massenhove intercepted Sandahl's attempt to clear the puck, netting the fourth Wildcat goal at 13:31 of the third. Olson would score once more at 15:03, but the visitors held on for the 4-3 victory.

Cornell (9-14-1, 6-12-1 Ivy) will host Maine tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in Lynah Rink.

 

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