Four Cornell University graduates helped Canada to a silver medal Friday at the IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship as the United States took the gold with a 3-2 overtime victory.
Canada forward Brianne Jenner, a 2015 Cornell graduate, tied it at 2 to force the extra period. Hilary Knight then scored 10 minutes, 17 seconds into overtime to make the Americans winners on and off the ice. After threatening to sit out the tournament, they won a contentious fight with USA Hockey for better wages that will allow the country’s best female hockey players to make a living playing the sport.
The U.S. won its fourth straight world championship title and eighth in the last 10 tries against their Canadian rivals, who are the defending Olympic champions.
Other Cornell graduates on Canada’s roster were defensemen Laura Fortino (Class of 2013) and Lauriane Rougeau (2013), as well as forward Rebecca Johnston (2012). Johnston finished second on the team with five points (two goals, three assists), assistant captain Jenner had four points (two goals, two assists), Rougeau contributed two assists and Fortino had one assist.
Canada defeated Russia in its last preliminary round game and shut out Finland, 4-0, in the semifinals.
Cornell splits: The Big Red bounced back from a 7-5 loss to host Harvard in the opening game of a Saturday doubleheader with a 9-5 win in the second game.
Cornell catcher Will Simoneit went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the second game, which featured two hits, two RBI and a run from Trey Baur. Starting pitcher Justin Lewis won his first decision, striking out three in five innings.
Simoneit also had an RBI double and a run in the opener for the Big Red (12-10, 2-4).
Ithaca 14, Elmira 6: Ryan Henchey went 2-for-4 with five RBI, two runs, a homer and a double to lead Ithaca to an Empire 8 Conference win Saturday.
Josh Savacool went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI for the Bombers (10-7, 3-2), who also got a homer from Adam Gallagher.
Cornell 12, Harvard 9: The visiting Big Red scored four straight goals in the fourth quarter to take control of an Ivy League game at Harvard on Saturday.
Austin Fingar scored with 13:55 left to extend Cornell’s lead to 8-6. After Harvard’s Joe Lang answered less than three minutes later, the Big Red went on their decisive run. Jeff Teat scored twice during the spurt and finished with three goals for Cornell (3-6, 2-2), which received two goals and two assists from Connor Fletcher.
Ithaca 13, Nazareth 8: Ninth-ranked Ithaca scored 10 times in the second half for an Empire 8 Conference win Saturday in Rochester.
William Witter scored two of Ithaca’s six goals in the third quarter. He has 20 goals on the season. Greg Drillock finished with three goals and one assist for the Bombers (9-2, 3-1).
Cornell 11, Brown 8: Senior tri-captain Catherine Ellis scored four second-half goals to help the Big Red to an Ivy League win Saturday at Schoellkopf field in Ithaca. Amie Dickson contributed two goals and two assists for Cornell (9-1, 4-0).
Ithaca 8, Geneseo 4: Ally Runyon scored three times to lift 10th-ranked Ithaca to a non-conference victory at home Friday. Runyon and Danika Wagener (three assists) each had two goals in the second half.
Cornell swept: Tori Togashi went 3-for-4 with a run and Megan Murray finished 3-for-3, but Cornell (6-16, 1-6) dropped the opener of an Ivy League doubleheader Saturday, 8-3.
Rebecca Kubena went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the second game, a 9-5 Cornell loss.
Dartmouth 9, Cornell 8: Olivia Lam hit a tying grand slam in the sixth inning, but the Big Red fell short of a big rally in an Ivy League road game Friday.
Megan Murray doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth to give Cornell an 8-7 edge, but Dartmouth (3-21-1) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for the win. The Big Red went into the sixth inning trailing, 7-0.
Mark Mayes, Erin Saeger, Mary Rakas and the Associated Press contributed.