If the first period was explosive for the Big Red, the third period was in an entirely different realm. Four goals were scored, amongst them a natural hat trick from Jenner. The first goal was scored on the power play by freshman Taylor Woods assisted by Brianne Jenner and Lauriane Rougeau. Jenner then scored three goals on the period, two even-strength goals and one on the power play to complete a natural hat trick. Assists in the goals went to Laura Fortino, Jill Saulnier, Lauriane Rougeau, Jess Brown, and Kelly Murray.
As if that wasn't enough, Cornell scored two more goals early in the third to end the scoring for the evening, both even-strength goals from Hayleigh Cudmore assisted by Jill Saulnier and a second goal from Taylor Woods, assisted by Lauriane Rougeau. And, as previously stated, Katelyn Pippy played the entire game in net, recording her first start and full-game shutout.
Saturday was again a bright day for the Big Red. The first period began with a barrage of scoring, seven goals in total. The first six were scored by Cornell. Five even-strength goals went to Victoria Pittens (her first career), Jess Brown, Jessica Campbell, Brianne Jenner, and Monika Leck. Taylor Woods added a shorthanded goal in the period as well. Assists went to Jill Saulnier, Cassandra Poudrier, Jess Brown, Taylor Woods, and two each to Hayleigh Cudmore and Kelly Murray. The scoring in the second ended on a Colgate PPG.
The remainder of the game was comparatively more calm, with Cornell scoring twice in the second, and each team scoring once in the third. The second saw a goal by Brianne Jenner, assisted by Laura Fortino and Jess Brown. Monika Leck scored her second of the evening, assisted by Kelly Murray. The third saw the Red open up the scoring with a power play goal from Taylor Woods, her second of the evening, assisted by Brianne Jenner and Jill Saulnier. Colgate tried to start a rally, scoring a shorthanded goal toward the end of the period, but their rally came up short as the defense and Katelyn Pippy turned them away, winning the Big Red a weekend sweep and a spot at the top of the ECAC, tied with Clarkson with 12 points. The third team which is unbeaten in ECAC play is Harvard, who has only played four league games. The Crimson (as well as Dartmouth) are on the Big Red's schedule next week and will then have one less team in the league unbeaten.
Dartmouth (4-1-1 overall, 3-1-0 conference) in Hanover on Friday, November 23
Dartmouth has a few key wins this season, with the only loss coming to a team which played Cornell tightly, Quinnipiac. This past weekend, the Big Green was playing out-of-conference games against Hockey East opponents UNH and #5 ranked Boston College. Dartmouth earned a win over UNH and a tie with BC. Here are a few key facts about Dartmouth's team: Except in their 1-0 win over Brown, they have scored no fewer than three goals in each game.
They score 3.00 goals/game while they allow 3.00 also.
They have a 23.1% conversion rate on the power play with an 82.8% penalty kill.
Two of their five games have gone to overtime.
The most goals they allowed were 8 (against Quinnipiac) and the fewest was 0 (against Brown).
The most goals they scored were 5, with the least being 1.
Cornell will need to keep the Brown PP unit from scoring and capitalize whenever possible. Their junior goaltender, Holdcroft, is doing slightly better than their sophomore goaltender, both of whom are below .900. The PP and PK are roughly the same with Cornell being slightly higher on both. They will need to put shots on the goaltenders, as their averages for shots from opponents are only 24.5, while Cornell averages 34 shots per game, allowing their opponents only 18.
Harvard (4-1-0 overall, 4-0-0 conference) in Cambridge on Saturday, November 24
The only blemish on Harvard's record this season comes in their most recent game, against Boston University, this past Sunday. The Crimson held the Terriers to only 2 goals but were only able to score one in a tight game. They have played the same opponents as the Big Red thus far, beating Princeton, Quinnipiac, Yale, and Brown in addition to their recent tilt against the Terriers. Here are a few facts about the Crimson:
Crimson's penalty kill right now is perfect. They have killed all thirteen penalties that have been called on them. Their conversion rate on the PP is 23.5%.
They score 3.80 goals per game. The more staggering statistic is that the Crimson have allowed less than a goal per game, 0.60.
The most goals scored in a game was 9, against Princeton. The least was 1, against Boston University.
When looking at the number of shots and goals per game, it is very similar to what the Big Red shoots and allows. The Harvard game is going to be tough for the women, with the Crimson having a great team assembled this year as well. The Big Red will need to be disciplined and avoid penalties. We average 10.9 penalty minutes per game, while the Crimson take roughly half as many. Cornell scores more than Harvard, and that is going to be something that will be tested. While most have looked to the match-up between the Knights and the Big Red, given how well Clarkson is doing this season, but people underestimate Harvard. Hopefully the Cornell women will not do so and will emerge victorious on the weekend.
16 - Jenner
15 - Saulnier
9 - Cudmore, Woods
8 - Rougeau
7 - Fortino, Fulton, Gagliardi
6 - Brown, Murray
4 - Campbell, Leck, Poudrier, Zorn
1 - Pittens, Richardson, Slebodnick