Monday, March 14, 2011

Women's Hockey: NCAA Playoff Update 1

A recap of the women's NCAA tournament with a focus on the ECAC game last Saturday
Ithaca, NY- The only NCAA championship game involving the ECAC was an all-league affair as the Cornell Big Red and Dartmouth Big Green saw a rematch just a week after the two teams had a 3-2 game in Cornell's favor for the ECAC Championship. This time, the game would not be so close as Cornell demolished Dartmouth 7-1 to advance to the Frozen Four. The Big Red didn't get onto the board until the 14:15 mark of the first with a shorthanded goal from Brianne Jenner. Camille Dumais answered on that power play for Dartmouth but Kendice Ogilvie put Cornell ahead for good, as they added two goals in the second and three (including two on the power play) in the third.

In the other games, Wisconsin defeated Minnesota-Duluth 2-1; Boston College defeated Minnesota 4-1; and Boston University defeated Mercyhurst 4-2.

Three Stars of the Night (ECAC Only)
1. Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell- 2 Goals (1 PPG), 1 Assist
2. Kendice Ogilvie, Cornell- 1 Goal (GWG)
3. Camille Dumais, Dartmouth- 1 Goal (PPG)

NCAA Frozen Four Set
The East has three of the four teams as this side of the country seeks its first women's hockey NCAA title in Erie, PA on the campus of Mercyhurst. There's plenty of local interest as half the Beanpot field plus ECAC side Cornell are the three Eastern teams.
4. Boston College vs. 1. Wisconsin, Friday, March 18 at 5pm
3. Boston University vs. 2. Cornell, Friday, March 18 at 8pm

Harvard Connection
The Crimson went 0-5 against the Frozen Four field this year, with two losses each to Cornell and Boston College (including the final of the Beanpot) as well as a loss to Boston University. The Crimson were 2-8 against all tournament teams (2-1 against Dartmouth and 0-2 against Minnesota).

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