ITHACA, N.Y. - Junior forward Jill Cardella potted her third goal of the season, but the No. 5 Boston University women's hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision at No. 3 Cornell on Friday night.
The Big Red (8-1-0) scored all three goals on power plays, earning the first two scores at 13:28 in the first period and 4:34 in the second, respectively. Cardella cut the deficit in half six minutes later, but Cornell got the insurance goal from Rebecca Johnston 22 seconds into the third period to pull away for the win. With the victory, Cornell snapped the Terriers' three-game win streak.
Sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry made 26 saves as she and the Terriers did their best to stifle the second-best power play in the nation. Sperry was at her sharpest in the first frame, as she stopped 12 shots to keep it a one-goal game.
BU (9-5-1) trailed, 1-0, after Emily Fulton opened the scoring for the Big Red with a power play strike with just 6:32 remaining in the first period. The Big Red made it 2-0 in the second period thanks to Johnston after Cornell earned a 5-on-3 advantage.
Cardella made it 2-1 six minutes later when she stole the puck right in front of Cornell goaltender Amanda Mazzotta (20 saves), turned and beat Mazzotta to far side.
Johnston scored again on the power play to make it 3-1, but the Terriers' penalty kill settled down after that goal and held Cornell scoreless on its remaining three player-advantage situations.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.