And now for a recap of the two games. Normally the Lady Rouge Roundup also has a preview of next week's games, but given that the Red have a weekend off before their home-and-home series against travel partner Colgate, we will reserve that preview for next week, so as to spread out the women's hockey fix.
Friday's game against Princeton was all about the Big Red. The Big Red were down one player in Brianne Jenner, who is representing Team Canada in the 4 Nations Cup, but that did not stop them from producing offense in droves. Barely over a minute into the period, Jill Saulnier got her first goal of the evening, assisted by alternate captain Alyssa Gagliardi, who was playing forward for the first time which was quite a change from being on the blue line, and Hayleigh Cudmore. The first period ended with a 1-0 score in favor of the Big Red. The second period continued with Cornell scoring three more even-strength goals. The first of the period was another shot from Jill Saulnier, this time assisted by Anna Zorn and Hayleigh Cudmore, just under two minutes into the period. Cassandra Poudrier, in her first game for the Big Red, continued the scoring six minutes later, netting one from Taylor Woods and Alyssa Gagliardi. Before the third goal was scored, Slebodnick was pulled due to an upper-body injury and Steffanie Moak was put in net. Freshman Morgan Richardson marked her first career goal a few minutes later, from Laura Fortino and Jill Saulnier.
Saturday's game for the Big Red was a different tale. Each period saw a very different dominance on the ice. Moak started in goal and the first period was all about the Big Red. Freshman Jess Brown scored the first goal of the game, a little over halfway through the first period, from Cassandra Poudrier and Jill Saulnier. The scoring in the first would end with another Cornell even-strength goal, this time on a shot by Emily Fulton, assisted by Hayleigh Cudmore and Kelly Murray, not a minute after Jess Brown's goal. The second period, however, was all about the Bobcats. Just nine seconds into the period, Quinnipiac scored their first goal and followed it up with just under two minutes through the period. After the third goal by the Bobcats in six minutes, Derraugh called for a change of pace in the game. Katelyn Pippy went into net for the longest time since she has been at Cornell, just over half of the game. The second period would end with the Bobcats holding the lead on the Big Red by a margin of 3-2. But the game would not end with that score. The third period was once again dominated by Cornell, with Cassandra Poudrier tying the game up at three apiece assisted by Jessica Campbell and Monika Leck. Alyssa Gagliardi, playing her second game as a forward, then netted the game winner on a power play opportunity from Taylor Woods and Emily Fulton. Pippy and the rest of the team then had to kill off a 5-on-3 later in the period to hold their lead. They did and ended up with an incredibly hard-fought win against the Bobcats.
Next weekend for the Lady Rouge is an off week, so injuries can have time to heal and players can have an extra week to practice for their home-and-home series against the Raiders of Colgate. This team is already showing its colors, being able to fight back for a win, and it will be an exciting series against 'gate the same weekend that the Cornell men play Harvard and Dartmouth at home.
10 - Saulnier
7 - Fulton, Gagliardi, Jenner
6 - Cudmore
4 - Rougeau, Woods, Zorn
3 - Campbell, Fortino, Poudrier
2 - Brown, Leck, Murray
1 - Richardson, Slebodnick