With a two game series that honors the Do It for Daron foundation, Brianne Jenner contributed six points in an inspiring performance. On the strength of five goals and one assist, the Big Red defeated the Union Dutchwomen by a convincing 8-1 tally.
The DIFD foundation honors the life of the late Daron Richardson, sister of Cornell Big Red freshman defender Morgan Richardson. In addition, Luke Richardson (father) is the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.
At the 2:02 mark of the first period, Brianne Jenner logged the first goal of the contest. While the Union defense played stingy in the opening frame, they were unable to take advantage of their only power play opportunity in the first.
Heading into the second stanza, the Big Red offense exploded with five goals. Jenner opened the scoring a mere 51 seconds in. Ten seconds later, freshman Anna Zorn would add to the lead. At 5:28, Jenner logged the hat trick as Union goaltender Shenae Lundberg was overwhelmed.
Emily Fulton would score the fifth Cornell goal as Jenner earned her fourth point of the contest. The period would end with Jillian Saulnier adding her name to the scoresheet to give Cornell an insurmountable lead.
As Madeleine Dahl stood between the pipes for Union in the third period, she was unable to contain the Cornell offense. Goals by Monika Leck, Brianne Jenner and Rebecca Babiak ensured that the first game of the DIFD weekend was a rousing success.
As DIFD started in Ottawa (the former residence of the Richardson family), the cause has come to hold great meaning to women’s hockey players in Ottawa. It is admirable that the Big Red have chosen to recognize Morgan’s courage and the life of Daron by hosting an event in honor of DIFD. The match and the performance of Jenner helped to not only celebrate Daron’s life but to also deliver a message of hope and perseverance.