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Back-and-Forth Battle Ends in Cornell’s Favor, 4-2

Krista Yip-Chuck. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Krista Yip-Chuck. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a game defined by scoring runs, the Yale women's ice hockey team battled back from a 2-0 deficit Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink only to wind up falling to Cornell 4-2. The Big Red scored late in the second period and early in the third for the win.

Cornell (5-2-0, 3-2-0 ECAC Hockey) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 10:36 on goals by forwards Diana Buckley and Pippy Gerace -- the first goal of the season for each. Yale responded with a goal from its top line at 15:26, as junior forward Eden Murray and senior forward Phoebe Staenz set up senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck for her sixth goal of the season.

Yale's power play unit came through to tie the game 2-2 at 13:30 of the second, as senior defenseman Taylor Marchin and junior defenseman Mallory Souliotis set up Staenz for her team-best ninth goal. She and Yip-Chuck are tied for the team lead in points with 15.

That goal capped off a busy stretch of whistles, as the teams combined for seven penalties in less than eight minutes. With the score tied and teams at even strength later in the period, forward Grace Graham's goal made it 3-2 Cornell.

Forward Kristin O'Neill extended the Big Red lead to 4-2 by scoring 33 seconds into the third, and that wound up being the final goal of the game. Yale outshot Cornell 8-6 in the third and 33-24 for the game but came away with its second loss of the weekend.

Paula Voorheis made 31 saves for Cornell. Starting freshman goalie Tera Hofmann made 15 saves for Yale (4-3-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) before giving way to senior Hanna Mandl, who made five saves in relief.

Yale hosts No. 4 St. Lawrence next Friday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity