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Cornell Falls to No. 2-Seed Clarkson in NCAA Quarterfinals

Cornell Falls to No. 2-Seed Clarkson in NCAA Quarterfinals

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- In the second meeting in less than a week between the Clarkson and Cornell women's hockey teams, the Golden Knights once again came out on top at Cheel Arena. The hosts took the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round game, 3-1, on Saturday to end Cornell's season.

Cornell ends its season at 20-8-5 while Clarkson advances to the Frozen Four next weekend with a 30-4-5 record.

Clarkson carried the initial edge in play and held the puck in the Cornell zone for the first couple of minutes and was able to create a few opportunities but nothing that Paula Voorheis couldn't stop with her pads.

The Big Red eventually caught up to the pace of play and opened up space and time, eventually earning a power-play 4:47 into the frame. With the man-advantage, Cornell continued to move the puck and create chances. With about 30 second remaining on the chance, freshman Amy Curlew fed sophomore Micah Hart for a backdoor opportunity but the shot deflected back the other way – to Hanna Bunton for another scoring chance but the senior's shot went off of the crossbar.

It was the second game in a row that Cornell earned an early power-play that Clarkson followed up on with one of its own – and the second game in a row that Clarkson would capitalize on that opportunity. Despite two early saves from Voorheis, Loren Gabel slide a shot across the ice through traffic that found the net with 24 seconds left on the power-play for the 1-0 lead.

Clarkson seized back the momentum with that goal and forced Voorheis to work but she made 14 saves in the period. With two minutes to play, the senior used her left pad to stop a 2-on-1 and then 30 seconds later, did it again on a shot from distance before freezing the rebound with her glove.  

The Knights came out firing on all cylinders in the second period and forced Voorheis and the defense to scramble. Hart – with her body – and freshman Grace Graham – with her stick – each had heads up plays to prevent the puck from trickling into the crease while Voorheis braved bodies for the freeze. Loren Gabel just about made it 2-0 when Cayley Mercer fed her open at the bottom of the left circle, but Voorheis slid over to the post just in time and fought off Gabel's shot with her chest.

Clarkson continued to fire shot after shot, making Cornell move around the zone and kill off another three penalties. After coming out and getting the first couple shots on goal, the Big Red had to kill off another penalty just 1:48 into the third period to slow down the comeback bid.

But the Big Red eventually did begin to generate its first sustained pressure of the game after killing off that penalty, with sophomore Diana Buckley generating a lot of the chances. First she snapped a shot that surprised Tiley, who made a shoulder save, and then she one-timed a pass from Hart that just found some pad to stay out.

Voorheis' biggest save came with eight minutes left when Michaela Pejzlova streaked into the zone on a breakaway and tried to beat finish at the left post, but the senior stretched out her right pad for the toe save – and to keep Cornell within one.

Cornell kept flying and trying to find an equalizer but the Knights would find the net first to make it 2-1 when Gabel finished off a 3-on-1 with 1:39 to play.

Sophomore Lenka Serdar's tip of a shot from freshman Jaime Bourbonnais pulled Cornell back within one just 10 seconds after the Clarkson goal but an empty-net hat trick goal from Gabel with 27.6 seconds left iced the game for the Golden Knights.

Voorheis was outstanding in net all game and finished with 34 saves to end her career with 2,238, the second-most in program history.