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March 5, 2011

Defense makes its mark in ECAC Championship

Filed under: Women's Ice Hockey — Giorgio Varlaro @ 11:52 pm

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ITHACA, N.Y. – A team most notable for their offensive quickness and star power, used defense Saturday evening at Lynah Rink to capture an ECAC Ivy League Championship.

The Cornell Big Red (30-2-1) defeated the Dartmouth Big Green 3-0 and improved to 8-0 all-time in playoff games played at Lynah Rink. Netting goals for Cornell was Chelsea Karpenko and Hayley Johnson. Karpenko scored the Big Red’s first two goals on assists from Hughes and Laura Fortino while Hughes scored off the stick of Catherine White. All goals were scored early in each period (13:18 first period, 12:42 second period, 13:06 third period) thanks to defense which wouldn’t allow the Big Green deep into Big Red territory.

Dartmouth (22-12) beat the Big Red in their previous game played in Hanover 4-2, scoring all four goals on a power play. Saturday was a different story, seeing Dartmouth finish 0-for-5 in power plays. The Big Greens’ best chance to score in the game occurred in the second period when Cornell found themselves down one on three separate occasions in the span of 12 minutes. It was a total team effort, seeing numerous Cornell players dive in front of pucks and out hustle Dartmouth for position on the ice. They proved to want the win more when it counted most.

Outhustling and outworking opponents is nothing new to this team though. The Big Red at one point in the regular season went a perfect 64-for-64 in not allowing opponents to score on a power play. Breaking that streak was Dartmouth. Cornell’s 93.4 success rate in killing penalties, which is second in the nation, probably moved up a couple percentage points after shutting out the Big Green.

With the win over Dartmouth, Cornell earned an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Selections will be announced on Sunday (3/6/11) at 6:30 p.m. on NCAA.com

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