HAMDEN, Conn. – In a game that saw the first shorthanded goal of the season and the first penalty shot since 2008, it seemed only fitting the No. 9/10 nationally-ranked women's ice hockey team and No. 3 Cornell ended in a 1-1 tie on Saturday from High Point Solutions Arena. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) netted her first career shorthanded goal in the second period but Cornell's Emily Fulton converted a penalty shot, the first allowed by the Bobcats since 2008, more than halfway through the third period to knot the score at 1-1. Both sides played through a scoreless overtime period as Quinnipiac moves to 7-1-2 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) and Cornell's (5-0-1, 3-0-1 ECAC Hockey) five game winning streak snapped on Saturday.
Coming off a 6-0 domination of Colgate the night before, the Bobcats faced a different animal on Saturday as Quinnipiac's 4-1 over the Big Red last season was their first ever at home and first win in 14 games playing the ECAC Hockey power. Quinnipiac, however, limited the No. 3 ranked Big Red to just one goal on a penalty shot with less than eight minutes remaining. The high-powered Cornell offensive attack came in as the nation's leader averaging 5.2 goals per game but the Bobcat defense was up to the task throughout the afternoon and into the overtime period.
Darkangelo's goal was her second in as many nights and also the first shorthanded tally in 80 career goals. Senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) assisted on the Darkangelo goal to give her four for the season. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) stood on her net in net making 26 saves and only allowing the Fulton penalty shot to squeak through five-hole.
Both teams played back-and-forth hockey in the first period until the Bobcats seized control and outshot the Big Red, 13-8, in the frame. One of the best opportunities for the Bobcats actually was not one of their shots-on-goal as sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) picked up an errant pass from Cornell goalie Lauren Slebodnick. Connery took the shot but was off-balance as she fell to the ice and the puck caromed off the post and wide of the open net.
After nearly another full period of scoreless hockey, the Bobcats took advantage of a shorthanded opportunity that presented itself nearly a minute into the man-advantage. Quinnipiac's defense took control of the puck and flung a clearance up-ice. The puck was knocked off a Cornell skater to the near side boards. Colin picked the puck up and carried into the Big Red's defensive zone where she was met by Cornell's Cassandra Poudrier. The senior forward chose not to dump the puck in and turned around to find an open Darkangelo who took the pass in the slot. She carried in and wristed a shot that deflected off the glove of Alyssa Gagliardi and past Slebodnick for the game's first goal.
The final horn drew ever closer as both teams were trading punches back and forth but another shorthanded chance presented itself, this time for the Big Red. While on the penalty kill, the puck took an opportune bounce as the blue line and found the stick of Fulton whose speed beat the far-side Quinnipiac defender. Sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) retreated back and dove in the slot to try and separate the puck from Fulton but got too much of her skates. The refs initially called a tripping penalty but after meeting at center ice they deemed a penalty shot was the correct call. Fulton made several back-and-forth stick moves in front of Laden before backhanding one past the junior goalie five-hole for the equalizer. It was the first penalty shot goal allowed by the Bobcats since Harvard's Sarah Vaillancourt scored on Jamie Miller back on Feb. 16, 2008.
Cornell's pressure intensified throughout the final stages of the third period as they outshot the Bobcats, 10-4, in the final stanza but to no avail as the defense along with Laden was up to the task.
The Big Red had the best chance of the overtime period with a shot from the point shooting just wide of the net but with no goals the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The No. 9/10 Bobcats will head on the road next weekend for a pair of conference showdowns against Brown (Friday, 7 pm) and Yale (Saturday, 4 pm).
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