PRINCETON, N.J. -- As the calendar turns to December, the Cornell women’s ice hockey team sits in first place in both the ECAC Hockey and the Ivy League standings. With an overall 9-1-0 mark (6-1-0 ECAC, 4-1-0 Ivy), the Big Red is ranked third in both national polls and look poised for another run at the Ivy League title. At 2-1-0, Dartmouth and Princeton are tied for second in the Ivy standings.
Cornell entered 2011-12 as the two-time defending Ivy League Champions after posting a 9-1-0 Ivy mark last season, when they also made it to the Frozen Four. Currently the Big Red has the best scoring offense in the nation right now as it averages 6.20 goals per game. Pacing that high scoring offense, freshman forward Jillian Saulnier leads all Ivy League and ECAC players in goals (14) and points (24) and her 1.40 goals per game clip leads the nation. Saulnier’s Big Red teammate Brianne Jenner, a sophomore forward, leads both Leagues with 14 assists, which she has amassed in just eight games played. Jenner’s 1.75 assists per game is the top mark in the country as well.
Other early stat leaders include junior forward Jillian Dempsey of Harvard and sophomore forward Jackie Raines of Yale tying for the Ivy League lead with four power play goals apiece. Princeton sophomore forward Olivia Mucha has the top Ivy mark with three game-winning goals on the season.
In net, Cornell’s Lauren Slebodnick has the top goals against average with a 1.25 mark, as she has given up just five goals in four games played. Slebodnick, a sophomore, has split time in the Cornell net with senior Amanda Mazzotta, who has an 1.85 GAA. Brown’s goaltending tandem of junior Katie Jamieson and sophomore Aubree Moore have the top two save percentages in the Ivy, with Jamieson carrying a .944 mark and Moore a .943, which rank fourth and fifth in the nation.
At 4-1-0, the Big Red has already played half of its Ivy games this year. The other five women’s ice hockey teams have played between two and three Ivy League contests, with Harvard and Dartmouth closing out the month of November with a game that the Crimson won, 2-1, on the road in come-from-behind fashion Wednesday night. Elizabeth Parker tied the game, paving the way for Lyndsey Fry’s game-winning tally, which she scored at 13:57.
In the Polls: USCHO.com | USA TODAY/USA Hockey
Cornell is currently ranked third in both the USCHO.com Division I Women's Poll (Nov. 28) and the USA TODAY/USA Hockey women's poll (Nov. 29). Harvard and Dartmouth are each receiving votes in both polls as well.
The Bears are 3-3-5 overall and 0-2-0 in Ivy play … head coach Amy Bourbeau got her first career win while leading the Bears on Oct. 22 when the Bears downed Sacred Heart, 10-0 … Brown has suffered just one loss in its last seven games (2-1-4) … most recently, the Bears split with Hockey East foes Providence College and Boston College on Nov. 25 and 27 … Brown downed PC, 2-1, to claim the Mayor’s Cup but fell to fourth-ranked BC, 3-1 … senior forward Katelyn Landry leads Brown in scoring with six goals and three assists for nine points … the Bears take on Quinnipiac and Ivy foe Princeton this weekend and then play at Sacred Heart on Dec. 7 before reaching its break.
The Big Red are 9-1-0 on the season and 4-1-0 in Ivy play, including Ivy wins over Yale (9-0), Brown (9-0), Harvard (5-3) and Princeton (3-1)… Cornell’s lone loss this season came to at home on Nov. 11 to Dartmouth, 5-4 … the Big Red have won five consecutive games … most recently, Cornell knocked-off fifth-ranked Boston Univ. on Nov. 25 and 26 by scores of 3-1 and 7-1 … Cornell’s power play (21 goals on 62 chances) ranks second in the country with a 33.9 conversion percentage … the Big Red penalty kill ranks fourth in the country with an 88.7 percent kill mark … Cornell plays two games at sixth-ranked Mercyhurst this weekend before reaching its winter break.
The Big Green are 5-5-1 on the year and 2-1-1 in Ivy League play … Dartmouth registered Ivy wins over then second-ranked Cornell (5-4) and then ninth-ranked Harvard (3-2) ... the Big Green are 2-2-0 in its last four games and most recently lost to Harvard, 2-1, on Nov. 30 … at 87.2 percent, the Big Green has the nation’s tenth-best penalty kill … senior forward Kelly Foley leads Dartmouth in goals (8) and points (12), while senior forward Reagan Fischer leads the squad in assists with seven … Dartmouth plays at New Hampshire on Dec. 11 before its winter break.
The Crimson are 6-4-0 on the year and 1-2-0 in Ivy League play … Harvard snapped a three-game losing skid in that win over Dartmouth on Nov. 30 (see above) … the Crimson began the year with a 5-2-0 record before dropping a pair of games versus second-ranked Minnesota on Nov. 26 and 27 … with 11 points apiece, junior forward Jillian Dempsey (6 goals, 5 assists) and sophomore defenseman Marissa Gedman (4 goals, 7 assists) are tied for the team lead in points … Harvard has the nation’s eighth-best power play, having scored on one out of every four chances (12/48) … the Crimson plays Hockey East foes Providence and New Hampshire on Dec. 8 and 9 before breaking for the semester.
The Tigers are 4-7-1 on the year and 2-1-0 in Ivy League play … the Tigers have picked up Ivy wins over Brown (1-0) and Yale (7-1) … after starting the year 4-1-1, Princeton is now looking to snap a six-game losing streak … most recently, the Tigers lost at fourth-ranked Boston College, 6-1, and at New Hampshire, 3-1, on Nov. 25 and 26 … sophomore forward Sally Butler leads the squad in goals (6) and points (12), while five Tigers, including Butler, have notched six assists on the season … Princeton still has four games to play before reaching its winter break, including Ivy games this weekend at Yale (Dec. 2) and Brown (Dec. 3), as well as a home-and-home series versus ECAC Hockey foe Quinnipiac on Dec. 9 and 10.
The Bulldogs carry a 1-12-0 overall record and a 0-2-0 Ivy mark into the month of December … Yale has suffered Ivy losses to Cornell (9-0) and Princeton (7-1) … the Bulldogs’ win came against Union on Nov. 11 when sophomore forward Jackie Raines netted the overtime game-winning goal to down the Dutchwomen … freshman forward Stephanie Mock leads Yale in assists (5) and points (7), while Raines’ five goals lead the team … Yale plays host to Princeton (Dec. 2) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 3) this weekend before reaching its winter break.