Home weekend for Big Red women's hockey features Mayoral proclamation and United Way fundraiser

November 14, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Cornell University's women's hockey team is still looking for their first win after a tough start to the season, but the upcoming home weekend will have a festive atmosphere. As the Big Red faces Yale and Brown, they'll be welcoming back a contingent that represented Team Canada at the 4 Nations Cup, celebrating Cornell Women's Hockey Day in the City of Ithaca, and hosting a family-friendly fundraiser for United Way of Tompkins County.

Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh led Team Canada in the 4 Nations Cup.Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh led Team Canada in the 4 Nations Cup.The Big Red women had no games last weekend, while team members Brianne Jenner and Jillian Saulnier, along with head coach Doug Derraugh, represented Canada in the 4 Nations Cup tournament in Kamloops, British Columbia. Saulnier scored the game-winner in Canada's opening-round win over Sweden, and Jenner notched the game-winning shootout goal in Saturday night's gold-medal game against Team USA. Getting the pair back on the ice this weekend can only help Cornell. Jenner, who missed last season to play for Team Canada in the Olympics, led the team in scoring the previous season, and Saulnier earned that honor last year.

Cornell dropped a pair of road games at Boston College two weeks ago after a disappointing home opening weekend against Princeton and Quinnipiac, leaving them winless as a pair of Ivy foes come to Lynah Rink. Yale is 2-2-1 on the season to date, with a pair of losses to St. Lawrence and Clarkson and a tie against Boston University in their most recent outings. Brown has won three of their last four after starting the season with three losses; they're 3-4-0 to date. Cornell swept both teams in last season's action.

The women's games are at 3pm at Lynah Rink both Friday and Saturday, with tickets at $4 for Cornell staff and faculty, $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for kids in grades K-12, and preschool kids and Cornell students with a Big Red Sports Pass admitted free.

Saturday's game doubles as a fundraiser for the United Way of Tompkins County. Thanks to Morgan Stanley of Ithaca, $1 will be donated to UWTC for each attendee at the game. Organizers have set up a free family fun and games event beginning at 2pm, in the Ramin Room at the opposite end of Bartels Hall. It's also been declared Cornell Women's Hockey Team Day in the City of Ithaca by Mayor Svante Myrick. "I invite all members of the community to join me in thanking the team, and the work they do in support of United Way of Tompkins County," the Mayor said in a statement. He'll participate in a pregame presentation that will recognize the team and honor the Tompkins Girls Hockey Association, whose young players partner with Cornell athletes.

Cornell's men, too, are looking for their first regular season win as they welcome Clarkson and St. Lawrence to Lynah Rink for a pair of 7pm games this weekend. The men posted a pair of exhibition wins against the Team USA Under 18 national development program team and Carleton University before the season began. Since then, they've had a tie and a loss against visiting Nebraska at Omaha, and a pair of road losses at Princeton and Quinnipiac. A postgame skirmish at Quinnipiac, in which the two head coaches exchanged words, leaves the Big Red without head coach Mike Schafer for Friday evening's game against Clarkson. Schafer was suspended by the league for a game for using inappropriate language to refer to Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold in a press conference after the game.

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