The action starts at 3pm Friday at Lynah Rink, as Cornell women’s ice hockey hosts Colgate in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey League quarterfinal to decide who goes to the ECAC championship round. Meantime, the men are in town for the final games of their regular season.
Cornell’s women have games on Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, and if necessary, Sunday afternoon, all at 3pm, as they reach the ECAC tournament for the tenth year in a row. Last weekend’s overtime tie and loss against nationally ranked St. Lawrence and Clarkson, respectively, left the Big Red high enough in the ECAC rankings to host their quarterfinal matchup.
The team has both given up early leads and fought back from behind to tie or win in recent weeks, and last weekend’s games are perfect examples. They trailed #5 St. Lawrence 2-0 in the third period, but fought back to force overtime for the eventual 2-2 tie. The next afternoon, the Red jumped out to a 3-1 lead, Clarkson scored three unanswered goals for a 4-3 lead late in the 3rd, but freshman Grace Graham tied it up to send that game to overtime. Clarkson tallied early in the overtime frame to take the win.
The women are split in their contests against Colgate this season, with each team coming from behind for a 2-1 win on their respective home ice. In post-season play, the teams have met in two previous quarterfinal series, with the Big Red sweeping the Raiders in both 2010 and 2013.
Tickets for the women’s quarterfinal games are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for children ages 2-12.
Cornell’s men host RPI and Union for the final two games of their regular season, with 7pm games both Friday and Saturday. They’ve already clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs, and after a weekend off, will host a first-round ECAC playoff series the weekend of March 10th.