March 4, 2011

Big Red Advance to the ECAC Championship

Filed under: Women's Ice Hockey — Giorgio Varlaro @ 6:02 am

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ITHACA, N.Y. – Despite the fact that Cornell’s Rebecca Johnson was shut out in Thursday night’s semifinals matchup against the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the Big Red netted four goals in front of a packed crowd at Lynah Rink, and moved even closer to capturing an ECAC Women’s Championship.

Cornell (28-2-1) was led by Chelsea Karpenko, Jessica Campbell and Hayley Hughes on offense. Karpenko got the Big Red on the board with 1:47 left in the first period after seeing Quinnipiac’s goaltender Victoria Vigilanti stop a barrage of wrist shots.

Cornell wasted no time in the second period, netting their second goal of the game (2-0) within the first 13 seconds of the period. Scoring the goal from her forward position was Campbell.

Down, but not out, Quinnipiac (23-12-3) got back in the game with a one-timer off the stick of Freshman Erica Uden Johansson, just 2:15 after Cornell scored to go up by two (12:32 left in the period). Allowing the goal was Cornell’s Katie Wilson.

Giving the Big Red back the momentum was senior forward Hayley Hughes. After the Bobcats found themselves down two players, the Big Red went on the offensive. Up to the challenge was Vigilanti. Quinnipiac held off the Big Red for most of the power play, but allowed Hughes to score with just over 20 seconds left in the power play to put Cornell up by two goals (3-1) with 3:37 left in the second period.

Quinnipiac managed to net two goals in the final period to make it interesting, one by Brittany Lyon and Bethany Dymarczyk, but Hughes kept the Big Red up with her second goal of the game with 13:55 left in regulation. The final 10 minutes of regulation saw each team fight and claw to make it to the next round of the playoffs. Coming out on top and sweeping the season series was Cornell.

With the win, Cornell will host the winner of Dartmouth and Harvard on Saturday at Lynah Rink. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will also be televised on the NHL Network.


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