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Prospect Pipeline - Boissonnault Providing Steady Presence in Cornell Net

By Reid Nichols, 11/29/18, 3:00PM EST


Prospect Profile - Marlene Boissonnault


Marlene Boissonnault is a goaltender from Dundee, New Brunswick playing for Cornell University. Before Cornell, Boissonnault played for the prep school Rothesay Netherwood in New Brunswick. At Rothesay Netherwood, Boissonnault was named team MVP her senior year and was awarded the Highest Commitment to Athletics Prize. Boissonnault played for Team Canada while in high school as well. She earned a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships while on Team Canada. She also represented Team New Brunswick at the 2015 Canada Games and the Atlantic Team at the U18 Canadian National Championship. At the Canadian National Championship, Boissonnault was named the top goaltender. Additionally, she participated in the 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge, where she was named to the all-tournament team. Academically, Boissonnault earned high proficiency graduating honors and the Biology Prize while at Rothesay Netherwood school.

Her freshman year at Cornell, Boissonnault played in six games, picking up five wins along the way. Her sole loss came against the consistently top ranked Boston College. In the Windjammer Classic, she was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts in a 4-2 win over Boston University.

Boissonnault stepped into a two-goalie rotation as a sophomore. With a 10-1-2 record, Boissonnault had the second-best winning percentage among all goalies in the nation as she won 0.846 percent of her games. Additionally, her 1.52 goals against average was fourth-best in the country and her 0.925 save percentage was 18th best. In ECAC league play, her 1.28 goals-against average was second best among all ECAC goaltenders. Boissonnault earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team for her breakout performance. Her highlight of the season came in January in a 29 save performance against Clarkson to upset the eventual national champions, 2-1. She shutout Clarkson for just under 55 minutes, which ended up being the longest shutout against Clarkson that season.

As a junior, Boissonnault became the full-fledged starting goaltender for Cornell. She played in every game except two while putting up a 21-7-3 record and a 0.924 save percentage. Her 21 wins tied for second in Cornell history for wins in a single season and her 652 saves ranks seventh in Cornell history. Additionally, her seven shutouts were the second most in program history. She had a winning percentage of 0.726 percent, which ranked ninth in the nation and a goals-against average of 1.76, which ranked eighth in the nation. Boissonanault even got in on Cornell’s offense, tallying two assists from the back end. At the end of the year, she was named to the All-Ivy First Team for her efforts.

This season, Boissonnault has gotten off to a strong start. She has a 4-1-3 record with two shutouts. Also, she has a 1.58 goals-against average and a 0.933 save percentage. She will graduate from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the end of the year..

Top Seniors of the Week

Lexie Laing (F), Harvard University

  • Laing tallied six points in three games this past week. In a midweek game versus Holy Cross, Laing’s four points helped Harvard to a 7-3 win. She had three consecutive primary assists to put Harvard up 4-0. Later in the game, Laing added a goal to end her impressive night. Laing then recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against Wisconsin on Friday. She assisted on the first goal of the game, which came on the power play. Then, late in the third period, Laing scored to tie the game and push it to overtime.

Kelly Pannek (F), University of Minnesota

  • Pannek’s six points helped Minnesota win the Windjammer Classic this weekend. In an impressive 8-2 victory over St. Lawrence on Friday, Pannek scored a hat trick and added an assist. One of her goals came while shorthanded. Pannek also had a team-leading nine shots on net and a plus-three rating. On Saturday’s championship game against Vermont, Pannek had one goal, one assist, three shots on net, and a plus one plus-minus rating in a 6-2 win. Her assist helped open the scoring just one minute into the game. She later added a goal to extend Minnesota’s lead in the third period.

Loren Gabel (F), Clarkson University

  • Gabel lead Clarkson to a sweep over Minnesota-Duluth this weekend with six points. She scored each of Clarkson’s four goals in a remarkable performance in Friday’s 4-1 win. She also had a team-leading ten shots on net and a plus-four rating. Gabel then added two assists in a 4-2 win on Saturday. Both assists came in the first period to give Clarkson a 2-0 lead. She had another outstanding shot total with 11 shots on net as well as a plus-two rating.

Kyra Smith (G), University of New Hampshire

  • Smith backstopped New Hampshire to a win and a tie versus Rensselaer this weekend. In a 1-1 tie on Saturday, Smith allowed one goal on 22 shots. The one goal she allowed came on New Hampshire’s penalty kill in the third period. Smith received some more goal support in a 4-1 win on Sunday. She allowed one goal on 21 shots. Overall, Smith finished the weekend with a 1.00 goals-against average and a notable 0.953 save percentage.


  • Loren Gabel was named ECAC Player of the Week after tallying six points in Clarkson’s sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. She has 28 points on the season, good for second in the nation.
  • Kassidy Sauve was named ECAC Goalie of the Week as she made 50 saves in two wins against Minnesota-Duluth. She had a 0.943 save percentage in the two games and allowed just three goals.