Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cornell Defeats RPI

A day after winning his 100th game, coach Doug Derraugh got started on his next 100 as Cornell defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3-0 at the Houston Field House in Troy on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 3 Big Red (12-2, 8-1 ECAC Hockey) extended its winning streak against the Engineers (5-13-4, 2-62) to eight games, and Cornell swept a weekend series for the fourth time in six tries this season. The Big Red is also on a five-game winning streak in conference play.

Cornell was again short-handed as six of its players – nearly one-third of the roster – were traveling with Canada's under-22 national team in Germany. But for the second game in a row, senior Kendice Ogilvie stepped up.

Ogilvie got the scoring started for the Big Red just past the halfway mark of the first period. After freshman Monika Leck dug the puck out of the corner, she found Ogilvie in the right circle. Ogilvie beat the Engineers' goalie over the shoulder, giving Cornell its 1-0 lead. Leck's assist gave her 10 career points.

The second period saw penalties galore in the early going, but Cornell fought off the Engineers' power plays and eventually got a man-advantage goal for itself. Laura Fortino scored for the second consecutive game, getting a cross-ice pass through the slot from Leck. Fortino earned her 90th career point with the goal.

With just 22 seconds remaining in the second period, Jenner got one of her own from the short side on an assist from Fortino. Jenner's shot was fired from the left circle, and the puck went in and out of the net so fast that referees needed a replay to be sure the goal counted. The goal was the 30th in Jenner's career.

The third period played out scoreless for both teams, allowing goalie Lauren Slebodnick to complete the shutout. She earned 15 saves in her second clean sheet of the year and kept her perfect record alive. She sits at 6-0 now and earned both of this weekend's victories.

The Big Red get a quick two-day break before ECAC and intrastate rival Colgate comes to Lynah Rink for the team's first home game since Thanksgiving weekend. The puck drops Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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