Fulton sparks late comeback from Cornell women's hockey in midweek road game at Colgate

February 4, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

As the minutes of the third period ticked away, with the Cornell women's ice hockey team trailing 2-0 at Colgate's Starr Rink, it was starting to look as though the visitors wouldn't even get on the board, never mind complete the season sweep of the Raiders. The Raiders goaltender, junior Ashlynne Rando, just wasn't letting anything past her.

Senior Emily Fulton gets the Red on the board Tuesday night in Hamilton. 14850 Photo.Senior Emily Fulton gets the Red on the board Tuesday night in Hamilton. 14850 Photo.With just over six and a half minutes remaining, seniors Jillian Saulnier and Brianne Jenner, two of the Big Red's scoring leaders, drove the puck down by Rando, who recently earned head coach Greg Fargo's nod as his primary starting goalie. Teammate Emily Fulton took one shot, which Rando stopped with a skate, then picked up her own rebound and slapped it into the net to get Cornell on the scoreboard.

Cornell was still trailing 2-1 with less than a minute and a half remaining in the third when Colgate took a penalty, a hooking call on Breanne Wilson-Bennett, giving the Big Red the man advantage. Big Red head coach Doug Derraugh pulled netminder Paula Voorheis for a sixth skater, and the 6-on-4 approach gave Cornell the juice it needed. Seconds later, Jenner again set up the play and Fulton scored to tie the game with just over a minute remaining in the third, sending the contest to overtime.

Another Colgate penalty, a body-checking call on Shelby Perry less than two minutes into the overtime period, put the Raiders at a disadvantage and gave Cornell a chance to focus on offense. It only took twelve seconds for the visitors to capitalize, as Fulton completed the hat trick on a play set up by Jenner and freshman Erin O'Connor.

Jenner's three assists move her into third on Cornell's all-time scoring list, and the win puts the Big Red, now 13-7-3 overall and 11-3-2 in conference play, in a tie with Clarkson for third place in the ECAC rankings. They're a point behind Harvard and two-points behind league-leading Quinnipiac, who host the Red this Friday night as the road trip continues into the weekend. The women return home to Lynah to face Harvard and Dartmouth on February 13th and 14th before finishing their season on the road at RPI and Union the following weekend.

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