Saturday, February 26, 2011

Women's Hockey: Playoff Update 1

Harvard 6 - St. Lawrence 1 (Harvard leads series 1-0)
Cambridge, MA- The Harvard Crimson jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Jillian Dempsey scored a minute twenty-eight into the game and the Crimson added a further three goals in a span of six minutes in the first. St. Lawrence's Vanessa Emond scored a late power play goal in the first to get the visitors on the board. After a scoreless second, Jillian Dempsey got on the board a second time to start off the third period scoring. With about five minutes left, the Saints pulled their netminder and Katharine Chute added an empty-net tally. The shot count was about even, 31-30 in favor of Harvard. The Crimson took 10 minor penalties while St. Lawrence took 6 minors.

Dartmouth 1 - Clarkson 4 (Clarkson leads series 1-0)
Hanover, NH- The visiting Clarkson Golden Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the hosts Dartmouth in the first period, starting off with a power play tally from Brittany Styner. The Knights then made it 4-0 in the second with another power play tally before the hosts got a consolation goal late in the second. Neither team could find the back of the net in the third period. The shots favored Clarkson 26-25. Dartmouth took three minors while Clarkson toon five.

Cornell 3 - RPI 2 (OT) (Cornell leads series 1-0)
Ithaca, NY- After 6-0 and 6-1 losses in the regular season to Cornell, RPI proved that the playoffs truly is a new season by bringing the league champs to the wire. Despite a power play goal from Catherine White giving the Big Red the first lead, RPI responded five minutes later to knot things up at 1. In the second, Kendra Dunlap gave RPI the lead and RPI almost hung on for good, but with seven seconds left, Rebecca Johnston was able to send the game to OT. Just one minute and twenty-eight seconds later, Cornell had quashed the upset bid for good with a game winner from Karlee Overguard. Cornell dominated in shots 37-12. Cornell took four minor penalties while RPI took five minors.

Princeton 1 - Quinnipiac 2 (Quinnipiac leads series 1-0)
Princeton, NJ- A close fought battle between travel partners was decided just moments before overtime as Brittany Lyons put the Bobcats ahead 2-1 with just five seconds to go in regulation. Princeton started the second period off with a bang as Sasha Sherry scoring at the 23 second mark but Quinnipiac tied things up later in the frame. Shots favored Quinnipiac 25-21. Quinnipiac only had one minor penalty while Princeton took three.

Three Stars of the Night:
1. Brittany Styner, Clarkson (1 PPG, 2 A in 4-1 win over Dartmouth)
2. Brittany Lyons, Quinnipiac (GWG, 1 A in 2-1 win over Princeton)
3. Sonia Van der bliek, RPI (34 saves on 37 shots in 3-2 loss to Cornell)

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