Both Big Red ice hockey teams were in action over the weekend, and both men's and women's teams swept their contests, leaving both with perfect seasons through October. Cornell's men traveled west for a pair of games against the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the women hosted north country rivals Clarkson and St. Lawrence at Lynah.
Cole Bardreau on a scoring run in last weekend's game against York. 14850 Photo.The men were opening their regular season on the road, after besting York University last Saturday in an exhibition game at Lynah Rink by a 7-2 score. Friday night, the team came from behind in the third, turning around a 3-2 deficit with goals from Dustin Mowrey and Cole Bardreau in quick succession. Bardreau's tally, the eventual game-winner, was his first in regular-season play since a broken neck early in 2013 ended last season for him. (He also had two goals and an assist in the exhibition game against York.) The final score was 5-3 on Friday, with additional goals from Joakim Ryan, Joel Lowry, and Brian Ferlin.
Mowrey, Bardreau, and Lowry also posted goals in Saturday's 4-3 win, and sophomore Christian Hilbrich scored as well. All four Big Red goals on Saturday were on the power play, giving them an impressive 7-15 record (or 46.7%) on the man advantage for the young season. The men are back in Ithaca this weekend for a regular-season home opener, hosting Princeton and Quinnipiac.
Cornell's women opened their ECAC slate with a pair of wins at Lynah, besting Clarkson on Friday afternoon and St. Lawrence on Saturday. Friday's game, in which the Big Red topped the fifth-ranked Golden Knights by a 6-3 score, gave senior goaltender Lauren Slebodnick the record for winningest goaltender in program history. Her 54th career win bested that of predecessor Amanda Mazzotta. The game also saw the 100th point for junior Jillian Saulnier, who posted two goals and an assist on the afternoon. Hayleigh Cudmore, Kaitlin Doering, Jessica Campbell, and Alyssa Gagliardi also scored on Friday; it was Doering's first point of her Cornell career.
Kelly Murray scoring against St. Lawrence on Saturday.The visiting Saints of Saint Lawrence made Saturday afternoon's contest seem closer, though the Big Red outshot them 45-25 on the afternoon. It was sophomore Kelly Murray's turn to notch her first collegiate goal, and Campbell scored two to lead the scoring. Saulnier, Gagliardi, and Emily Fulton also added tallies, with ten different players adding points to their stats on the afternoon. Saturday's win marks the 150th career victory for ninth-year head coach Doug Derraugh.
The women take their first road trip of the season next weekend, heading to Princeton on Friday evening and Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon.