Cara Morey coached the Princeton University Tigers to an ECAC women’s championship title in 2020. In the championship game, her team gave up a goal on the opening shift, then another on the next shift.
Cornell led Princeton 2-0, 2:49 in the 1st period.
These two teams had met earlier that season, with the Ivy League championship on the line, and Cornell breezed to a 5-0 win. With that in mind, Morey had a single thought on the bench: let’s just keep this respectable.
She called a timeout and as her team skated over, Morey contemplated pulling her starting goaltender as she prepared to unleash a nasty tirade to fire her Tigers up. Then she took a deep breath and did neither.
She looked at her team and said, “The good news is we have at least 57 more minutes to play hockey.”
The Tigers would in fact play more than 57 minutes as they rallied in regulation, scoring two goals to tie the game, before winning the school’s first ever ECAC women’s championship in overtime.
How the sixth-seed Tigers were able to overcome such adversity, against the top ranked team in the country, in their hostile home stadium, is the topic of Morey’s 21-minute Virtual Coaching Clinic presentation. We’re fortunate enough to also have Morey presenting at TCS Live, from June 15-17, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Click here for more info!
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