Annual United Way fundraising game as Cornell women’s hockey hosts Brown and Yale

Big Red women’s ice hockey returns to Lynah Rink this weekend for the first time in three weeks, and Saturday afternoon’s game against Yale is the squad’s annual fundraising event for the United Way of Tompkins County.

The Big Red women scored first in their last game in Hamilton, but the Raiders came away with the win. 14850 photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

The Big Red women scored first in their last game in Hamilton, but the Raiders came away with the win. 14850 photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

The Cornell women are 3-2 on the young season, after a pair of home wins over Mercyhurst and a three-game road stint that included a win at Union College flanked by losses at RPI and Colgate.

After a bye weekend, Cornell faces a pair of ECAC and Ivy League foes in Brown and Yale. Friday’s 6pm game pits the Big Red against a Brown Bears squad that’s 3-4 on the year so far. Cornell brings an 18-game unbeaten streak to the table, including a 2-2 tie at Lynah Rink in January and a 4-2 win in Providence in February.

Then-freshman Pippy Gerace scores against Yale in the Bulldogs' last visit to Lynah. 14850 file photo.

Then-freshman Pippy Gerace scores against Yale in the Bulldogs’ last visit to Lynah. 14850 file photo.

Saturday’s 3pm game offers a more challenging matchup against the Yale Bulldogs, who head into their road weekend with a 4-1-1 record, 2-1-1 in conference play. Yale started November with two conference wins in which it outscored its opponents, RPI and Union, 12-3. Cornell holds a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Bulldogs, though, and the last meeting of the two teams was head coach Doug Derraugh’s 200th career win, on the road in February.

Cornell’s men have a matching road trip this weekend, playing at Brown tonight and Yale tomorrow night. After a pair of exhibition wins at Lynah, the Red hasn’t had a single W on the season, falling to Merrimack two weeks ago, then skating to a 1-1 tie at Dartmouth and falling to Harvard 4-3 last weekend.

The Cornell Women’s Ice Hockey Coach’s Club is hosting a Parents & Fans Coffee Gathering before Friday’s game and in between periods, in the Harkness Room near Lynah’s Section A, and will hold an Afterglow Reception after Saturday’s game. The Afterglow offers an opportunity for fans to meet players and their families.

Saturday’s women’s game to support the United Way of Tompkins County will feature raffles of prizes and gift certificates donated by Taverna Banfi, Cornell Dining, Cornell Cinema, the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Cornell Athletics, books by Megan Shull, and more. $1 for each fan in attendance will be donated to the United Way by local businesses, including the William Henry Miller Inn. General admission tickets are $4 for Cornell staff and children, $5 for seniors, and $6 for adults.

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