33 Saves for Leonoff
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team kept one of the top offenses in the country contained for most of the game Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink, but ultimately No. 3 Cornell was able to break open a 1-0 game with a pair of goals in a span of 52 seconds late in the second period. The Big Red came away with a 3-0 win despite 33 saves from junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff.
Cornell (12-1-2, 8-0-2 ECAC Hockey) entered the day with the second-best scoring offense in the country, averaging four goals per game. The lone goal of the first period came from Big Red forward Caroline DeBruin, whose shot eluded a screened Leonoff at the 10:43 mark.
Cornell goalie Paula Voorheis, making just her second start and fourth appearance of the year, made one of her best saves with 2:30 left in the first. She kicked aside a slap shot through traffic by senior defenseman Aurora Kennedy, and were it not for a solid defensive play from junior defenseman Madi Murray the Big Red could have taken the puck down to the other end of the ice for a goal right after that save.
Leonoff ended the first on a high note, stopped a blast from forward Jillian Saulnier and then pouncing on the rebound with 9.7 seconds remaining.
Yale (5-9-1, 3-4-1 ECAC Hockey) killed off three penalties in the first 10 minutes of the second period, and Leonoff came far out of the net to deny forward Jessica Campbell off a feed from Saulnier with seven minutes to play in the frame.
But just when it appeared that the Bulldogs would remain within one of the Big Red heading into the third, a pair of quick strikes by Cornell changed the complexion of the game. First, a slap shot by defenseman Hayleigh Cudmore trickled in after Leonoff appeared initially to have stopped it. Then, a Yale penalty gave the Big Red a chance to extend the lead even further. From behind the net, Saulnier fed the puck in front to Campbell. Campbell took a couple of hacks at it and eventually got it past Leonoff with less than a minute to play in the period.
That wound up being the only power play goal in seven chances for Cornell. The Big Red entered the day with the best power play in the nation, converting 29.7 percent of its chances.
Yale's best chance to cut into the three-goal lead in the third came on a power play with 13 minutes to play, but Voorheis denied a chance from right in front by sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara. Yale had a pair of power plays in the final six minutes but could not get the puck past Voorheis, who finished with 16 saves for her first career shutout.
Yale travels to Dartmouth next Friday for a 7:00 p.m. game.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity