Big Red women ready for Saints in first round of ECAC playoffs at Lynah this weekend

February 26, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Cornell University's women's hockey team has had an up and down season, but a pair of wins on the road to close out their regular schedule gave the Big Red home ice for the first round of the ECAC playoffs. They will host St. Lawrence in a best-of-three series this weekend.

Cornell's women host the Saints this weekend. 14850 file photo.Cornell's women host the Saints this weekend. 14850 file photo.The women came from behind to win last Friday's game at RPI decisively before shutting out Union on Saturday to end the regular season. It was a big improvement over the previous weekend, when Cornell lost both games on senior weekend.

This weekend's ECAC quarterfinal series will pit the Big Red against the Saints on Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 4pm, and if necessary, Sunday at 4pm, at Cornell's Lynah Rink. Cornell says the home squad has a real home ice advantage, with a record of 88-18-6 on games in Ithaca over the last six seasons.

St. Lawrence, too, comes to the postseason after a shaky end to their regular season, going just 3-2-2 over the last seven games. They stand at 19-10-5 overall, and 13-5-4 in ECAC Hockey play, compared to Cornell's 16-10-3 overall record, 14-6-2 in ECAC play. The teams' two games of the regular season were a Cornell win at Appleton Arena in Canton, followed by a 3-3 overtime tie at Lynah last month.

Saints head coach Chris Wells says he and his team "always like to play in Ithaca. Cornell's women's program has done a fabulous job creating a fantastic hockey atmosphere for their team and for opposing teams." Cornell has bested the Saints in six of their last eight matchups at Lynah, including the last five in a row. Moreover, Cornell has hosted its ECAC quarterfinal round for each of the last five seasons, and is a perfect 10-0 on those games.

Tickets for this weekend's games are available at cornellbigred.com or at Cornell's athletic ticket office in Bartels Hall, and cost $6 for adults, $4 for children and Cornell staff, and $5 for senior citizens.

The winner of this weekend's quarterfinal series will advance to the semifinal round of the ECAC tournament, which will be held on the home ice of the highest remaining seed after this weekend's round. Cornell's men are on the road this weekend to finish their regular season at Brown and Yale, after their senior weekend featured an overtime tie with RPI and a win over Union.

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