LAKERS UPDATE: Third-period collapse hurts Lakers at Cornell

   February 7, 2012 7:50 pm    0

 

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 5 Mercyhurst women’s hockey team had a chance to earn a key win.

But a disastrous third period dashed the Lakers’ hopes. Third-ranked Cornell scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to hand the Lakers a 5-1 non-conference loss at James Lynah Rink on Tuesday night.

Hayleigh Cudmore scored her second goal of the season 6 minutes 5 seconds into the third to spark the Big Red’s decisive four-goal outburst in a 7½-minute span. Goals from Erin Barley-Maloney, Catherine White and Brianne Jenner sealed Cornell’s first victory in four home games against Mercyhurst (19-6-2).

The teams played evenly in the first two periods. Cornell held a 17-15 edge in shots. They traded goals late in the first period. Mercyhurst’s Kelley Steadman opened the scoring on the power play with her 27th goal of the season at the 18:05 mark. Cornell responded 35 seconds later on Rebecca Johnson’s goal.

But Cornell (22-3-0) outshot the Lakers 23-5 in the third to finish with a 40-20 advantage in shots and earn a third straight win. The Big Red have won 12 of their last 13 games since a 5-2 loss to the Lakers at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Dec. 3. Cornell won two of three meetings against the Lakers this season.

Hillary Pattenden stopped 35-of-40 shots in a losing effort for the Lakers, which are 1-2-1 in their last four games. Cudmore, Jenner and Johnston had a goal and assist apiece for Cornell. Lauren Slebodnick stopped 19-of-20 shots in net to improve her record to 12-1-0. Mercyhurst returns to College Hockey America action with a two-game home series against Syracuse on Friday and Saturday.

 

SUMMARY

 

Cornell 5, Mercyhurst 1

Mercyhurst  1  0  0  —  1

Cornell  1  0  4  —  5

1st Period — 1. Mercyhurst, Kelley Steadman 27 (J. Jones, Byrne), 18:05 (pp). 2. Cornell, Rebecca Johnston 23 (Jenner), 18:40. Penalties — Bestland (M) tripping, 7:21; Byrne (M) roughing, 8:51; Cicero (M) tripping, 13:33; Ogilvie (C) tripping, 14:45; Young (C) tripping, 17:29.

2nd Period — None. Penalties — Saulnier (C) hooking, 2:53; Bestland (M) tripping, 16:54; Barley-Maloney (C) interference, 19:16.

3rd Period — 3. Cornell, Hayleigh Cudmore 3 (Campbell), 6:05. 4. Cornell, Erin Barley-Maloney 6 (Karpenko, Gagliardi), 9:56 (pp). 5. Cornell, Catherine White 12 (Cudmore), 11:43. 6. Cornell, Brianne Jenner 13 (Johnston, Fortino), 13:43. Penalties — DeSutter (M) hooking, 8:59; Szandzik (M) high sticking, 12:56.

Shots on goal — Mercyhurst, 8-7-5—20; Cornell, 8-9-23—40.

Goaltenders — Mercyhurst, Hillary Pattenden 15-6-1 (40 shots, 35 saves); Cornell, Lauren Slebodnick 12-1-0 (20 shots, 19 saves).

Power plays — Mercyhurst (1-4), Cornell (1-6).

 

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