Hat trick from senior Jess Brown propels Cornell women's hockey to Friday night win

January 16, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

Big Red women's ice hockey took a 3-0 lead to the locker room after the first period of Friday night's ECAC and Ivy League game against Yale, but the Bulldogs ate up the deficit in the second.

Jess Brown scores the eventual game-winning goal in the third period. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.Jess Brown scores the eventual game-winning goal in the third period. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.Coming back out for the third period, senior Jess Brown says, "We knew it was going to be a battle and whoever wanted it more was going to win the game." Brown had scored once in the third period, and added a pair in the third for the eventuall game-winning goal and a hat trick, her second of the season. Freshman Pippy Gerace also had two goals in Cornell's win.

The victory evens the Big Red's season record at 8-8-2, as they enter the season's home stretch, with another big game against Brown this afternoon at 4pm. "We need to put pressure on them and get a lot of shots," says Cornell's Brown. "A big thing today will be playing the whole 60 minutes."

Cornell will be home next weekend, as well, facing north country foes Clarkson and St. Lawrence at 3pm both Friday and Saturday. Cornell's men, 11-3-2 on the year and 6-2-1 in conference play, are on the road this weekend at RPI and Union, before returning home next weekend to face Dartmouth and Harvard. The men fell at RPI last night 1-0 despite outshooting the Engineers 44-16.

Another win on Friday night was the fundraising effort to support injured NWHL player and Princeton alum Denna Laing. Youth hockey coach C.J. DelVecchio says a 50/50 raffle and donations raised $841 on Friday night. The 50/50 winner donated back his winnings, and another fan dropped $200 in the donation jar at the end of the game. Additional donations will be taken at Cornell's ticket office on Saturday afternoon, or can be made at dennalaing.org.

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