Lady Cats drop a two-game set to Cornell at home

The women’s hockey team (2-4-0) fell to Cornell twice this weekend, putting them on a four-game losing streak. On Friday night, penalties hurt the Catamounts as Cornell notched six power-play goals on 15 UVM penalties. The Catamounts scored a goal early in the third period, when freshman Shannon Bellefeuille beat Cornell goaltender Jenny Niesluchowski to put the Cats on the board. Cornell proved to be too much for UVM in Friday’s game, as they dominated 7-1. Veteran junior goaltender Kristen Olychuck was pulled after the second period in favor of freshman Caitlin Whitlock, who stopped 18 of the 20 shots she faced.UVM returned to the ice late Saturday afternoon for another matchup with Cornell. Olychuck was back between the pipes and looked very strong for most of the game.The Catamounts played well in the first and third periods, playing evenly with Cornell, who outshot the Cats 15-14 in two periods.The second period was what cost UVM the game. Cornell scored two goals in less than two minutes, at the beginning of the period, and then added another with six minutes remaining in the frame, to go up 4-0. After one more Cornell goal in the third, freshman Erin Barley-Maloney scored her third goal of the season with just under four minutes to play in the game, making the final score 5-1 in favor of Cornell.Olychuck played well between the pipes, turning away 22 of the 27 shots she saw.The team seemed very disappointed in their play this weekend, knowing that they could have played better. “I don’t think we played our hardest. We worked hard, but I think we could have done more,” junior captain Chelsea Furlani said. “I don’t think our focus was there.” Vermont returns to play next weekend, when they visit top Hockey East rivals at Boston College and New Hampshire. These are two of the top teams in the country and, to win, “we have got to pick it up next weekend,” Furlani said. The Cats return home for a two game set with Wayne State on Nov. 7 and 8.