Lynah Rink will host a pair of postseason hockey matchups this weekend, with Cornell's men facing Clarkson in a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series that starts tonight, and the women hosting Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon for an NCAA quarterfinal game. Adding to the draw, Cornell says Olympic gold medalists Lauriane Rougeau and Brianne Jenner will be on hand to sign autographs.
Jenner and Rougeau are two of the four Cornell women's hockey players who represented Team Canada in this winter's Olympic Games in Sochi. The two will be signing autographs and letting fans see their gold medals in the lobby of Bartels Hall, adjacent to Lynah Rink, at 2:30pm and 6:30pm, before the women's and men's games.
Joel Lowry scores in overtime to give Cornell a senior-night win and a first-round bye. 14850 Photo.The Big Red men had a weekend off, edging into fourth place in the ECAC and earning a first-round bye after the previous weekend's senior-night win over the Harvard Crimson. Junior Joel Lowry popped a rebound past Harvard netminder Steve Michalek with 36 seconds remaining in overtime to break the game's logjam for a 3-2 final.
They'll host a best-of-three quarterfinal series next weekend against the Clarkson Golden Knights, who needed three games to dispatch the Princeton Tigers. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the ECAC tournament, which returns to Lake Placid this year after an eleven-year absence.
Cornell's women earned a bid in the NCAA tournament with last Sunday's ECAC championship win over the host team, the Clarkson Golden Knights. After a 6-4 come-from-behind win against Harvard in the semifinal game on Saturday, the Big Red shut out Clarkson 1-0. Senior netminder Lauren Slebodnick stopped all 26 shots in the championship game to give the program its fourth ECAC trophy in five years, and earning a new program record with 68 career wins.
The #2-seeded women face #8 Mercyhurst, who knocked the Big Red out of playoff contention last March with a 4-3 overtime win at Lynah to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four. In a pair of games against the Lakers in Erie in January, Cornell posted a 4-4 tie and a 6-4 win.
The women's quarterfinal is at 3pm on Saturday, with tickets available for $3. The game will also be available for free online streaming on the Ivy League Sports Digital Network.