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See Details CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard forward Sean Farrell recorded assists on four of the six goals scored by No. 10-ranked Harvard in the Crimson's 6-2 victory over No. 11-ranked Cornell at a sold-out Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Saturday night.
See Details HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 11-ranked Cornell men's hockey team staved off a third-period comeback attempt by Dartmouth, defeating its Ivy League rival, 3-2, at Thompson Arena on Friday night.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — It was a wild Route 11 Rivalry comeback win for the Saints plus a dramatic overtime finish for the Crimson as both teams toppled league foes. Elsewhere, Cornell narrowly defeated Dartmouth and Quinnipiac blanked non-league Sacred Heart in the preliminary round of the Connecticut Ice tournament.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — It was a high-scoring night across the league as Harvard and Cornell combined for 13 goals between the two teams, Colgate skated to a 7-0 shutout of Dartmouth, and Yale routed St. Lawrence, 6-1. 

Around the rest of the league, Clarkson battled to a 3-1 win over Brown and Rensselaer topped Union, 2-1.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey has announced its women’s weekly award winners, honoring Izzy Daniel (Cornell), Nicole Gosling (Clarkson), Amanda Rampado (Rensselaer), and Elyssa Biederman (Colgate) for the week of play ending January 21, 2023.
See Details ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior defenseman Sam Malinski, sophomore goaltender Ian Shane, and freshman forward Dalton Bancroft have received weekly honors from ECAC Hockey, the conference announced Monday morning.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey has announced its men’s weekly award winners, honoring Matt Hubbarde (Dartmouth), Sam Malinski (Cornell), Ian Shane (Cornell), and Dalton Bancroft (Cornell) for the week of play ending January 21, 2023.
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Special teams were the difference as Cornell defeated Princeton in a back-and-forth thriller.

After a stellar 21-save shutout for sophomore goaltender Ian Shane and a takedown of No. 1 Quinnipiac, No. 16 Cornell (12-6-1, 9-3 ECAC) looked to ride the momentum into its final regular season matchup against Ivy rival, Princeton (10-11, 6-9 ECAC). 

The special teams were what made the difference in the 3-2 win over the Tigers. All three of Cornell’s goals came on the man advantage.

“The power play carried the day,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86.

The opening minutes were evenly contested with great saves on both ends, including a point blank shot from the slot that was smothered by Shane. Play shifted in Cornell’s favor when Princeton committed a holding penalty in the first period. The Red broke the ice 33 seconds into the power play when junior forward Gabriel Seger flawlessly tipped senior defenseman Sam Malinski’s wrist shot into the top corner of the net.

Despite some key saves by Shane in the closing minutes of the first, the Red could not finish the period unscathed, as Princeton’s Pito Walton collected his own rebound and fired it over a sprawling Shane.

With the game tied at one goal apiece, the second period once again brought more special teams action and quality saves from both netminders.

Princeton went on the power play for the first time after sophomore defenseman Hank Kempf was called for holding. Immediately after killing the penalty, Cornell was awarded their second power play. The Red applied pressure, but the score remained tied as time expired.

The Red once again went on the power play after a hooking call on the Tigers. Cornell’s persistence paid off when freshman forward Sean Donaldson broke the 1-1 tie with just under five minutes remaining in the period. Donaldson wristed a shot over the shoulder of Princeton goaltender Ethan Pearson for his third goal of the season.

But the Tigers were not done: similar to the 1st period, Princeton sustained a long offensive zone shift and figured out Shane; this time after junior forward Jack O’Leary took a slashing penalty. A cross-crease pass was tapped in by Princeton forward Liam Gorman with just over two minutes remaining in the period.

Cornell entered the third period tied once again. However, the Red was able to convert on its fourth power play of the evening with a goal by freshman forward Dalton Bancroft. It was Bancroft’s second goal of the weekend as he scored against Quinnipiac the night prior.

Special teams remained a consistent theme in the third when Bancroft and Princeton’s Mike Kennedy took coinciding minor penalties, for cross-checking and embellishment, respectively. The Red dominated possession but could not pull away from its opponent.

Despite some late offensive zone pressure by the Tigers after pulling their goaltender, Shane and the Cornell defense, including senior defenseman Travis Mitchell who blocked a final second shot, stood tall and came out with the win.

“Probably the best defense we played was the last seven minutes of the game,” Schafer said.

All three Cornell goals being power play goals meant a lot since Princeton has one of the toughest penalty kills in the ECAC. They are No. 1 in the conference and No. 5 in the nation with five total shorthanded goals.

“They’re a tough team. They move their feet, they work hard in the corners,” said Malinski. “[And it cost us] a couple times, not being as disciplined as we need to be with our sticks and we just can’t be taking stick penalties throughout any game because it’ll end up breaking the game or changing the whole pace in momentum”.

Both goaltenders had solid showings. Shane made 27 saves in the win, while Pearson finished with 24.  

Ian Shane's 21 save shutout led Cornell to a win over top-ranked Quinnipiac.

For the second year in a row, men’s hockey defeated top-ranked Quinnipiac at Lynah. Last year, Ben Berard’s two goals and Ian Shane’s 33 saves led Cornell to a 2-1 win over the Bobcats. This year, Shane put up a 21 save shutout and four different Cornell skaters scored in a 4-0 win.

Quinnipiac (18-2-3, 12-1 ECAC) entered Lynah with the best scoring defense and the second best scoring offense in the country. The four goals that Cornell (11-6-1, 8-3 ECAC) scored on Friday night were the most the Bobcats had allowed since Oct. 22, when they suffered their only other loss of the season against Maine. 

Berard got the scoring started with just over six minutes left in the first period when he tipped junior defenseman Sebastian Dirven’s slapshot past Quinnipiac’s Yaniv Perets. The tally extended Berard’s goal streak to four games.

Cornell extended its lead in the second period when freshman forward Dalton Bancroft converted a feed from senior defenseman Sam Malinski on a Cornell power play. The goal was Bancroft’s first since his hat-trick at Madison Square Garden in November.

Cornell went on its only other power play of the game later in the second period, but did not convert. The Red killed all three of Quinnipiac’s power plays.

The Red grabbed a commanding lead when sophomore forward Jack O’Leary buried a backhand shot on a rebound for Cornell’s third goal of the night in the third period.

Cornell capitalized on a miscue after Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold pulled Perets for freshman Chase Clark with 13 minutes left in the game. Less than a minute after entering the game, Clark left the crease to play a puck but misjudged the bounce off of the boards. The puck squirted out in front of the crease and sophomore forward Ondrej Psenicka deposited it in the open net to give Cornell a 4-0 lead.

The Red preserved the shutout down the stretch of the game. Shane’s 21 save shutout was his third shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. It was the second time Shane had shutout the Bobcats after doing so on the road last February.

Cornell will look for a weekend sweep on Saturday night against Princeton.

See Details ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman Dalton Bancroft's power-play goal 6:26 into the third period proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory for the No. 16-ranked Cornell men's hockey team over Princeton in front of a sold-out Lynah Rink on Saturday night.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — All around the league, there were some big wins tonight. In New York, Clarkson and Union battled to a close finish, with the Golden Knights taking home the win, while Cornell topped Princeton in a closely-contested battle in Ithaca and Rensselaer brought down Quinnipiac in Troy. A three-goal comeback from Colgate also brought down the national leaders, Quinnipiac, in Hamilton.

Up north, Brown stunned Harvard and Dartmouth shut out Yale.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — In a stunning bounce back from yesterday's route, Cornell downed Colgate in Ithaca to close out the season series. Another top-ranked team went down as well, with Yale knocking off Quinnipiac on the Bobcats' turf and Union toppling Harvard in Cambridge.
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See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — It was a wild weekend for every team in the league as Colgate routed Princeton, Cornell shut down and shut out Quinnipiac, and Harvard and Yale battled to an overtime finish that saw the Crimson emerge victorious.

Elsewhere around the league, St. Lawrence and Union, Clarkson and Rensselaer, and Dartmouth and Brown all fought to close games that ended with a one-goal margin.
See Details CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Colgate started the weekend off on the right foot, routing Cornell with six diffrerent goal socrers finding the back of the net. Around the rest of the league, Princeton, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Quinnipiac all skated to 3-1 wins.

In New York, the Route 11 Rivalry had a fitting end, with the Golden Knights and the Saints skating to a draw courtesy of a goal in the final seconds of regulation by Haley Winn.
For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac will come to Lynah as the top-ranked team in the country to open the spring semester.

Men’s hockey will start the spring semester by hosting No. 1 Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend.

For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac will come to Lynah as the top-ranked team in the country to open the spring semester. Last year, Ben Berard’s two goals led Cornell past the Bobcats in overtime. This year’s Bobcats squad looks even better than the team that Cornell swept in the season series last year.

The Red will be tasked with regrouping after a last-second loss to B.U. last weekend delivered a blow to its playoff chances. Cornell’s current position of 14th in the Pairwise would put the Red at risk of being left out of the 16-team NCAA tournament field after bids are awarded to conference winners. A win – or even a tie – against the Bobcats, who will enter the weekend ranked second in the Pairwise, would help Cornell reestablish its claim to an at-large bid.

Friday’s game against Quinnipiac will be an important opportunity for Cornell to make moves in the Pairwise, and Saturday’s game against Princeton will have major implications on the ECAC standings. The Tigers are currently just two points behind Cornell.

Friday’s contest will be a matchup of two of the nation’s best defensive teams. The Bobcats allow 1.73 goals per game, which is the fewest in the country. Cornell ranks fourth, with an average of 2.18 goals allowed per game.

Behind Quinnipiac’s stout group of blue liners is one of the best goaltenders in the country in Yaniv Perets. The sophomore’s numbers are not as eye-popping as they were last year, when he posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.17 GAA, but he has still been dominant. Perets ranks third in the country with a 1.67 GAA and his save percentage is sitting at .922. Perets and the Bobcats shutout Cornell in Hamden in November.

Sophomore goaltender Ian Shane and Cornell’s defense will be tasked with shutting down Quinnipiac’s potent offense. The Bobcats have scored an average of 4.14 goals per game this season, which is second in the nation. Quinnipiac has four skaters who average more than a point per game, including sophomore Collin Graf, who is third in the nation with 1.5 points per game.

The two teams met at Quinnipiac in November, where the Bobcats won 2-0. Quinnipiac is a perfect 12-0 in ECAC play and has not lost a game since Oct. 22 when it suffered its lone loss of the season at Maine.

On Saturday night, Cornell will welcome Princeton to Lynah. The Tigers (10-9, 6-7 ECAC) have climbed up to fourth place in the ECAC standings and have gone 8-3 over their last 11 games after a 2-6 start to the season. Cornell defeated Princeton, 3-1, in November in the Red’s first win of the season.

Princeton will enter the weekend just two points behind Cornell in the ECAC standings. The Red is just three points clear of fifth-place Colgate, and only the top four teams in the conference get a bye in the first round of the ECAC tournament.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on Friday against Quinnipiac and 7 p.m. Saturday against Princeton.

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Cornell relinquished three leads over the course of the game and allowed a disastrous game winning goal with three seconds left in a gut-wrenching loss.

BOSTON – Cornell trailed for just three seconds, but that was all it took for the Red to fall to No. 7 Boston University at Agganis Arena on Saturday.

The Red (10-6-1, 7-3 ECAC) relinquished three leads over the course of the game and allowed a disastrous game winning goal with three seconds left in a dramatic and gut-wrenching 4-3 loss.

“It’s obviously heartbreaking,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86.

The Terriers (15-6, 9-4 Hockey East) pushed the pace with their highly skilled skaters, and the game was more back-and-forth than Cornell’s recent contests. In its four games since the break, Cornell has used its effective forecheck to dominate possession. On Saturday, errant passes by either team led to opportunities on the other end of the ice.

After killing a B.U. power play just 30 seconds into the game, the Red settled into the first period and started to generate pressure on its offensive end. Cornell came up empty on a power play midway through the period, but took the lead with just under three minutes to go.

Senior defenseman Sam Malinski’s crafty wraparound feed found junior forward Gabe Seger in the slot. Seger dished it to a wide open Ben Berard, and the senior forward buried it to give Cornell a 1-0 lead.

Cornell relinquished the lead early in the second period on a slapshot that found its way through traffic and past sophomore goaltender Ian Shane. Schafer challenged the goal for interference because a B.U. skater in the crease prevented Shane from extending to his right to try to make the save, but the goal stood.

“I don’t know why it wasn’t disallowed,” Schafer said.

Cornell responded with a goal eight minutes later. Freshman forward Nick DeSantis found Seger on the wing with a feed from below the goal line, and Seger fired it past an off-balance Drew Commesso to put Cornell back in front, 2-1.

Senior forward Zach Tupker took a hooking penalty while trying to defend a breakaway opportunity for the Terriers with just under three minutes left in the period. Junior forward Kyle Penney was called for a faceoff violation 23 seconds into the B.U. power play, which gave the Terriers a minute-and-38-second long 5-on-3 power play.

It was the second time in the period that Penney went to the box on a Cornell penalty kill to send the Red down two men. The Terriers came up empty on a 23-second 5-on-3 with 11 minutes left in the period.

Once again, Cornell killed the two man advantage. Two lengthy shifts, first by Travis Mitchell, Max Andreev and Tim Rego, and then by Ondrej Psenicka, Sebastian Dirven and Malinski, led to a clear just as Tupker was rejoining the action. B.U. regained the zone but did not score before Penney was released from the box.

Back at even strength with 20 seconds left in the period, the Terriers continued to cycle the puck. The Red missed an opportunity to clear the zone with 13 seconds left when Tupker grabbed the puck out of the air and put it on the ice in front of Rego. B.U.’s Ryan Greene intercepted Rego’s effort to flick the puck down the ice and instead brought it down to the circle before setting up his teammate right in front of the crease. Jeremy Wilmer converted for the Terriers to tie the game at 2-2 with nine seconds left in the second period.

“It was frustrating. We kill the five-on-three, great job blocking shots, great job down by the net.” Schafer said. “Just not to have the awareness to clear the puck… We tried to make a play instead of just getting it out, and it ends up in the back of our net.”

Malinski gave Cornell its third lead of the contest with just under 12 minutes left in the third period when his power play blast from below the blue line found its way to the back of the net to put Cornell in front 3-2.

The Terriers equalized for the third time three and a half minutes later with their own power play goal to even things up at 3-3 with eight minutes left.

Cornell came up empty on a power play with under four minutes to go, and the game went into the final minutes in a 3-3 deadlock. The Terriers called a timeout before an offensive zone faceoff with 53 seconds left. Malinski blocked a shot and Penney forced a turnover behind Cornell’s net to give the Red possession with 30 seconds left.

Malinski found senior forward Jack Malone cutting on the back-door wing, but Malone lost control of the puck below the net and gave it back to the Terriers with 20 seconds left. Malinski missed a last chance opportunity to get a stick on the puck and keep it in Cornell’s zone, and the Terriers brought it down the ice with 17 seconds left.

“We have a great offensive opportunity that blows up in our offensive zone and then we turn it over,” Schafer said. “It’s really frustrating.”

The Terriers cycled it around their zone before a pass found Lane Hudson wide open at the bottom of the faceoff circle to Shane’s stick side. Hudson fired it past Shane with three seconds left in the game to send Cornell home with a brutal loss.

The Red led three times and only trailed for three seconds, but the mistakes at the end of the second and third periods — not clearing the zone after killing the 5-on-3 and the turnover with 20 seconds left in the game — proved to be costly.

“We did all the things we wanted to do,” Schafer said. “We just didn’t finish it, and that’s unfortunate.”

The nature of the loss is especially stinging because of its implications on the playoff picture. Cornell fell from 10th to 14th in the Pairwise after Saturday’s action. Had Cornell lost in overtime instead of regulation, it would have gotten credit for 40 percent of a win against a top-ten team.

As things stand, Cornell would be at risk of getting booted from the 16 team NCAA tournament field by automatic qualifiers that are below them in the Pairwise. That will make Cornell’s games against No. 1 Quinnipiac (currently second in Pairwise) on Friday and No. 9 Harvard (currently eighth in Pairwise) on Jan. 28 especially important as the best opportunities for the Red to climb the rankings.

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The Red will hope to build on its success when it visits rival B.U. on Saturday to close out its non-conference slate.

After a 3-0-1 start to the unofficial second half of its schedule, No. 15 men’s hockey (10-5-1, 7-3 ECAC) will face a tough test this weekend on the road against No. 7 Boston University.

Cornell began the second half with a two game series against AIC at Lynah on Dec. 29 and 30. The Red beat the Yellow Jackets in the first game before settling for a tie in game two.

After quickly falling behind 2-0 in the first ten minutes of game one, Cornell stormed back with five goals in the second period and went on to win 8-4. Sophomore forwards Sullivan Mack and Ondrej Psenicka had two goals apiece. Senior forward Jack Malone added a goal and two assists for his first points of the season.

The Red’s offense was stagnant in game two after its outburst the night before. Freshman goaltender Remington Keopple got the start for Cornell but was quickly pulled after allowing two goals in the first four minutes of the game. Two goals by freshman forward Nick DeSantis kept the Red in the contest, and a late goal by Psenicka sent the contest to overtime.

The five-minute three-on-three overtime did not produce a winner, and the game ended in a tie. Cornell won a just-for-fun shootout that will not count for either team’s record or ranking.

The Red resumed ECAC play the next weekend with a trip to the Capital District to face Union and RPI. The first action of 2023 was a resounding success for Cornell, as it secured a six-point weekend with two decisive wins.

Cornell opened the new year by handily defeating Union on Jan. 6. Senior defenseman Sebastian Dirven got things going with a goal a minute and a half in, and Malone added two more goals in a 6-1 Cornell victory. The Red scored on both its power play opportunities and successfully killed four penalties.

The Red completed the weekend sweep the next night against RPI behind four point nights from senior forward Ben Berard and DeSantis. Three power play goals by RPI in the second period briefly gave the Engineers the lead, but the Red quickly regained control and secured a 6-4 victory.

Among the biggest positive takeaways from the start of the second half have been the contributions of Malone and Berard. The senior forwards, along with classmate Matt Stienburg, were three of Cornell’s top six point-scorers last season but did not appear in the box scores very often in the first half of this season.

“It is what it is,” Malone said after Cornell’s win over Dartmouth on Dec. 3. “I’ve just got to make myself an asset to this team however I can, and there’s a lot of different ways to do that.”

Malone, who did not record a point in the first half, has recorded three goals and two assists over Cornell’s last four games. Berard recorded five points in the first half and has added ten more to start the second half. Stienburg, Cornell’s leading point scorer last season, was injured in the Dec. 29 game against AIC and has not returned to action.

Another bright spot has been the play of sophomore goaltender Ian Shane, whose 1.67 GAA is third in the nation. Cornell’s defense as a whole has allowed 2.06 goals per game this season, which also ranks third in the nation.

The Red will hope to build on its success when it visits rival B.U. on Saturday to close out its non-conference slate. The Terriers are 13-6 on the season and represent a big opportunity for Cornell. Saturday’s game is one of three remaining games on Cornell’s schedule against teams currently ranked ahead of the Red in the Pairwise. 

Cornell, which is currently ranked 10th in the Pairwise, could make the NCAA tournament without winning the ECAC tournament if it is ranked high enough at the end of the season. Cornell is sitting in second in the ECAC standings, but is 14 points behind No. 1 Quinnipiac, which is a perfect 12-0 in conference play. Cornell is just three points clear of fifth-place Colgate, and only the top four teams get byes to the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament.

Saturday will be the Red’s first trip to B.U.’s Agganis Arena. Cornell has had recent success against the Terriers. The two rivals have a biennial series at Madison Square Garden which will continue in November. Cornell has won the last three games at the Garden but lost to the Terriers in the NCAA tournament in 2018. Saturday will be the 50th meeting between the teams, and Cornell leads the series 26-20-3. The Terriers will make a return trip to Lynah in coming years.

Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday in Boston.

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All told, it was an eventful year at Cornell, with many developments that will prove to have a long-term impact.

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Intramural hockey will not return to Cornell until public outcry forces Cornell to devote more resources to it, according to Director of Intramural Sports and Noyes Recreation Center Scott Flickinger.

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As it did on Friday, the Red scored early and had plenty of chances to extend its lead, but could not pull away from its opponent.

This story has been updated.

After falling to Harvard in overtime on Friday night, men’s hockey played another close game against Dartmouth on Saturday. This time, Cornell emerged from a nail-biter with a 1-0 victory over Dartmouth (1-8-1, 1-5-1 ECAC).

“This was a big confidence boost for us coming back,” said sophomore goaltender Ian Shane.

As it did on Friday, the Red (7-5, 5-3 ECAC) scored early and had plenty of chances to extend its lead, but could not pull away from its opponent. Yet despite the small lead, the Red stayed confident and didn’t panic. 

“That was the first time I really sensed that, in these games that are really tight, we were comfortable with it,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “We’re comfortable with that 1-0 lead.”

For the second night in a row, senior defenseman Travis Mitchell struck early to give Cornell a 1-0 lead. Nearly three minutes into the first period, Mitchell scored on a blast from the point after senior forward Matt Stienburg sent junior forward Gabe Seger’s faceoff win his way.

It was the third time in its last three games that the Red has gotten on the board in the first three minutes.

“It’s huge,” said senior forward Jack Malone. “It’s awesome to be able to play with that early lead and try to build off that. It’s obviously a lot better than having to fight back from a one-goal lead.”

After the early goal, the Red adopted a defensive mindset that continued for the rest of the game, particularly on special teams.

Cornell found itself undermanned twice in the first period after freshman forward Winter Wallace took two penalties in the offensive zone. Cornell’s penalty kill unit, which entered the night 7th in the nation at 87.5 percent, shut the Big Green down and only allowed one shot across the two Dartmouth power plays.

“We just stayed to our details,” Shane said. “We really didn’t let them get in front of my eyes or get opportunities closer, so I think it made everybody’s job easier and made it easier to get pucks out of the zone.”

The other special teams unit was not as successful – Cornell came up empty on two power plays in the second period and could not jump out to a two goal lead. The Red outshot Dartmouth 11-1 in the second period, but entered the third with a narrow 1-0 lead.

The third period presented more opportunities for the Red to break things open, including open looks for senior forward Ben Berard and Malone. Dartmouth’s Cooper Black, a 6 ‘8 freshman playing his first game at Lynah, kept his team in it with big saves. Black finished the night with 26 saves.

“I would’ve loved to put that one in and give us a more comfortable lead in the third period,” Malone said, reminiscing on his stopped breakaway chance.

Sophomore goaltender Ian Shane preserved his low-volume shutout on the other end of the ice. Midway through the third period, Shane came up with a big glove save on a shot through traffic to preserve Cornell’s lead.

Cornell’s great execution on the defensive end of the ice made the difference on a night in which it was hamstrung offensively. Cornell outshot the Big Green by nearly a 3-1 margin, and Shane finished with an 11 save shutout. Shane gave all credit for his shutout to the team in front of him. 

 “Only having to see 11 shots in 60 minutes makes my job pretty easy,” Shane said.

Cornell’s defense was so strong that Dartmouth pulled Black with just under three minutes left in the game. The Big Green mounted sustained pressure with the extra attacker, but clutch saves by Shane and blocked shots by the Cornell defense kept them off the board.

While Cornell’s skaters couldn’t get on the score sheet, they contributed in a different way – blocking shots. The Red ended the game with 18 blocked shots, including five while Dartmouth had their extra attacker on.

“They had more saves than I did tonight,” Shane said. “It was a really good sign for the d-corps. Everyone’s really happy with that on our back-end.”

“Having a lot of blocked shots was really key,” Schafer added. 

While there was extra emphasis placed on winning this matchup after the heartbreaker to Harvard on Friday, Cornell was also looking to end their first half of the season on a high note.

“If it ended differently tonight, I think it would have stung,” Malone said. “We recognize that this game is going to be big for us to build off of going into the break.”

After an up-and-down first half defined by long road trips and high-intensity close games, the break is appreciated by the whole team, including the staff.

“It’s been a grind,” Schafer said. “The break always comes at a welcome time.” 

With the victory, Cornell heads into the break at 7-5 and in fourth place in the ECAC.

Men’s hockey battled back and forth for sixty minutes with its bitter rival, but a fortunate bounce in overtime lifted the No. 7 Crimson over Cornell.

“Three-on-three sucks,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86.

Men’s hockey battled back and forth for sixty minutes with its bitter rival, but a fortunate bounce in overtime lifted No. 7 Harvard over Cornell.

After a turnover in Cornell’s offensive zone, Harvard’s Sean Farrell broke down the ice with nobody between him and sophomore goaltender Ian Shane. Lynah erupted as Shane came to the top of his crease and stopped Farrell’s wrist shot, but the puck shot up in the air and landed right behind Shane in the crease. 

Farrell found the puck before Shane did and poked it in to give Harvard (8-1-1, 7-0 ECAC) a 2-1 victory.

The overtime outcome was a disappointment for Cornell (6-5, 4-3 ECAC) after sixty minutes of razor thin action, almost all of which occurred at even strength, against the highly talented Crimson.

“What a disappointing way [to lose]. It’s anticlimactic for the fans,” Schafer said. “It was a terrible way to finish. I’d love to see those two teams play five-on-five for another five minutes.”

While the teams appeared to be even matched when playing five-on-five, the Crimson had an edge in the three-on-three format. The extra space gave Harvard’s talented forwards room to create opportunities that were few and far between during regulation. Friday night was Cornell’s first overtime game of the year and Harvard’s third.

“We don’t practice three-on-three a whole lot,” Schafer said. “A couple guys stayed out longer than they should have.”

Losing in the somewhat flukey format stung for the Red after playing a very winnable game.

“I think at the end of the day if we were to capitalize on a couple more opportunities it could have been a different game,” said senior defenseman Travis Mitchell. 

As it did in another high energy contest last weekend at Madison Square Garden, Cornell struck early.

The Red jumped in front just over two minutes into the first period on Mitchell’s shot from the point. Harvard’s Mitchell Gibson got a piece of his glove on the shot, but not enough to keep it out of the net.

“It’s definitely good to see our team get out to some early starts,” Mitchell said. “It was good to get the crowd in it early, I wish we capitalized on a couple more in the first 20 or 40 minutes.”

Cornell generated plenty of traffic in front of Gibson in the first two periods, but could not break open a two goal lead.

“We had great scoring chances in the second period to make it 2-0, but we didn’t capitalize,” Schafer said.

Instead, Harvard evened things up with a minute and a half left in the second period. Farrell deked senior forward Matt Stienburg and moved to the net. Shane made a pad save on his shot, but left the rebound right on the backdoor for Harvard’s Joe Miller, who easily converted to tie the game at 1-1.

“Great play by Sean Farrell, we don’t play him man on man and our guy reaches for the puck instead of finishing his check, and [Farrell] does that,” Schafer said. “That’s a huge mistake there late in the second period.”

The nifty move led to the first of what ended up being a two point night for the top Montreal Canadiens prospect and Team USA Olmypian.

The only penalty in the game was on freshman forward Winter Wallace immediately after Mitchell’s goal early in the first period. The officials declined to send anyone to the box, even as play got aggressive down the stretch of the game.

“Hooking, slashing and holding by both teams taking scoring chances away,” Schafer said. “I don’t even know what a penalty is anymore.”

The even strength action kept the Red from having to contend with Harvard’s elite special teams. The Crimson entered the night converting at 27 percent on the power play and 96.4 percent on the penalty kill, good for fifth and first in the country respectively.

Cornell will have a chance to head into the break on a high note when it hosts Dartmouth Saturday night.

“The fans were all fired up [tonight],” Schafer said. “Hopefully they come back here tomorrow night for Dartmouth and we finish this off the right way going into Christmas.”

“Fish will be flying on the ice, the crowd will lose their mind."

After routing No. 6 UConn 6-0 under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Saturday night, men’s hockey faces another tough test this weekend against Ivy League rivals No. 7 Harvard and Dartmouth.

On Friday night, Cornell will welcome rival Harvard to Lynah in a highly anticipated contest.

“Fish will be flying on the ice, the crowd will lose their mind,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “It’s a lot like Madison Square Garden. Big game, emotional game, but you have to come ready and be focused to play.”

Friday will be the first rivalry game against Harvard with Lynah Rink at full capacity since January 2020. Last year’s game was played in front of a limited capacity crowd, and many students had trouble securing tickets.

Those troubles continued this year, with tickets to Friday night’s contest selling out shortly after going on sale Tuesday morning.

“We’ve been getting texts all week, people asking us for tickets,” said sophomore defenseman Tim Rego.

Those that were fortunate enough to secure tickets will help create one of the most exciting atmospheres in college hockey. The team looks forward to the traditions, and animosity, associated with the Harvard game, but the environment could serve as somewhat of a distraction.

“We talked about it today — knowing all the traditions, knowing what’s going on and anticipating it so you’re not surprised by it,” Schafer said. “Being very disciplined and focused on the job at hand, I thought we did a great job of that at Madison Square Garden, so we’re gonna have to hit repeat on Friday night.”

The Crimson boast a 7-1-1 record and are undefeated in ECAC play (6-0-0). Harvard’s record is just one number that conveys their dominance: Their PP% ranks 5th in the country at 27.0, while their penalty kill is statistically the best in the country, at 96.4 percent. 

The Crimson will be one of the deepest teams Cornell faces all season, complete with 15 NHL draft picks — the most in the NCAA.

Despite this, Cornell isn’t approaching Friday’s contest too differently. While the team is aware of Harvard’s star-power, they are ready to shut it down as they would any other opponent.

“It’s just going to be a good hockey game,” Schafer said. “There are a lot of guys who are drafted, but it really doesn’t make a difference with how good you are. So it’ll be a battle.”

A notable aspect of the Crimson’s team is its offense, which averages nearly four goals per game. Solid defensive performances for the Red will be key to stifling Harvard.

“We had a lot of pre-scout about their first two lines,” Rego, a Massachusetts native, said. “But at the end of the day, every team has those top two lines that really set the tone for them. I think, defensively, you’ve got to do things well every shift and focus on your job and the next guy to do his job.”

With most of Harvard’s top forwards returning from last year’s squad, Rego believes that his team’s likelihood of shutting down the Crimson’s offense depends on physicality. 

“I remember a lot of high end skill,” Rego said. “It’s kind of like UConn where you kind of get in their face a bit and their skill disappears… we’re going to be physical from the start with them.”

A fast start is key, and Cornell has proven its ability to start games off on the right foot. The Red will look to replicate their start against the Huskies on Saturday, where they had a two-goal lead less than two minutes into the game. 

Similarly, Cornell’s offense has ignited as of late. In its last four games, the Red has tallied 18 goals.

“You know, we want to be on the attack, make them defend, and present them problems in the offensive zone,” Schafer said. “They have to defend us…that’s the kind of hockey we want to play: put them on the edge defensively and do it well for 60 minutes.”

Not to be overlooked is Saturday’s game against Dartmouth, where the Red will look to end the unofficial first half of the season on a high note.

“It’s just a matter of [hitting] that reset button after Friday night,” Schafer said.

The Big Green come to Lynah after a weekend of games in Dublin, Ireland. Although they came out with two losses to Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell, both were highly contested and showed grit from the Dartmouth squad.

“It’ll be important that we continue to perform better,” Schafer said. “Dartmouth’s got a good hockey team, and they’ll be hungry.”

Freshman forward Dalton Bancroft’s hat trick led men’s hockey to a 6-0 victory over No. 6 UConn at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

This story has been updated.

NEW YORK — Freshman forward Dalton Bancroft’s hat trick led men’s hockey to a 6-0 victory over No. 6 UConn at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

One of Cornell (6-4, 4-2 ECAC)’s big advantages on an up-and-coming UConn (10-3-3, 7-2-2 Hockey East) team was its experience playing under the bright lights. Cornell plays at the Garden every year, and entered the night having won four of its last five contests at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

That experience, and what head coach Mike Schafer ’86 correctly anticipated would be a “sea of red” in the stands proved to be big advantages for Cornell on Saturday night.

The Red struck before the Huskies had a chance to get acclimated to their surroundings. UConn came into the night allowing an average of 2.13 goals per game. 74 seconds into Saturday night’s contest, Cornell had put two goals up on the Garden’s jumbotron.

“I really liked our guys’ mindset, being focused and there were no distractions. They came out ready to play,” Schafer said. “I thought they did a tremendous job handling the distractions and all the things that are outside our normal control, and came ready to play hockey.”

32 seconds after the puck dropped, Bancroft connected on a wrist shot from the slot off a pass from sophomore forward Sullivan Mack. The goal sent the Cornell crowd into a frenzy and knocked the Huskies on their heels.

42 seconds later, senior forward Matt Stienburg cut to the net along the goal line and snuck a backhand feed to sophomore forward Ondrej Psenicka, who fired it past UConn’s Logan Terness’s stick side and in to give the Red a 2-0 lead.

With three and a half minutes left in the first period, junior forward Gabe Seger intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and broke to the net on a two-on-one. Seger fed the puck to Stienburg who buried a backhander in the crease and gave Cornell a commanding 3-0 lead.

Cornell did not relent in the second period. Specifically, Bancroft did not relent. He added two more goals in the middle frame to complete a hat trick.

Bancroft’s big game led Cornell to a 6-0 shutout of UConn. (Jason Wu/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

“Personally, the bounces were there tonight and I had some great plays from my teammates,” Bancroft said.

With just over nine minutes left in the period, Bancroft deflected sophomore defenseman Michael Suda’s shot in for his second goal of the night. A minute and a half later, he finished off Sam Malinski’s slap shot on a Cornell power play to complete the hat trick and give Cornell a 5-0 lead.

“As a freshman you want to do whatever you can to stay in the lineup,” Bancroft said. “It just seems like the bounces are there right now and it’s helping the confidence a lot.”

The outstanding performance solidified Bancroft as one of Cornell’s most dynamic offensive producers. Schafer praised Bancroft after his nifty move and great vision set up Mack’s game winner on Tuesday against Sacred Heart.

“When he gets his feet moving, he plays well,” Schafer said. “He’s got great hockey sense and awareness… that’s a special talent.”

Bancroft has established himself as a dynamic presence on offense for Cornell. (Aaron Snyder/Sun Sports Editor)

On the other end of the ice, Cornell shut down a highly potent Huskies offense. Sophomore goaltender Ian Shane was stellar in net, notching a 29 save shutout. He was assisted by some nice blocks, including a diving one by senior defenseman Travis Mitchell in the second period, and timely clears.

“I think everyone, including myself, was just kind of dialed in on the details and making sure that we were mentally focused and ready for this game,” Shane said.

The Red preserved Shane’s shutout down the stretch of the game. With just over four minutes left in the game, senior forward Max Andreev notched Cornell’s sixth goal of the game. The marker made it the second consecutive trip to the Garden that Cornell has scored six goals, after the Red defeated B.U., 6-4, last year.

The dominant victory was an important step for the Red and goes a long way to resolving questions over whether Cornell can defeat the elite teams in college hockey. The win is Cornell’s fourth in a row and should be a confidence booster for when No. 9 Harvard comes to Lynah next weekend.

“We talked about earning respect back, and to do that you have to win. We got off to a slow start playing our first six games on the road against good competition,” Schafer said. “We’ve got Harvard coming in on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. We’ve just got to get back to work when we get back to campus.”

“It’s our rink. It’s our home game,” said head coach Mike Schafer '86. “Coming out of the tunnel and seeing 11,000 Cornellians and a sea of red, how awesome is that.”

Men’s hockey will continue its Thanksgiving weekend tradition of playing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday when it faces No. 6 UConn in the Frozen Apple.

The Huskies (10-2-3, 7-2-2 Hockey East) will be, perhaps unexpectedly, a daunting opponent for Cornell (5-4, 4-2 ECAC). UConn entered the season unranked, but its elite defense and talented roster have shot the Huskies up to sixth in the national rankings and third in the Pairwise.

“They’ve got some top end talent,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “We’ll have our hands full. This team’s number three in the country right now, it presents us with a tremendous opportunity.”

The Lynah Faithful have become accustomed to enjoying a Cornell victory in the city. The Red has won four of its last five games at the Garden. To continue its success under the bright lights, the Red will have to buck its recent trend of struggling against good teams.

The Red was swept on the road by Minnesota Duluth to start the season. The next weekend, Cornell managed to keep within striking distance in a loss to No. 7 Quinnipiac, despite being dominated in possession and shots. Cornell’s other loss came against perennial ECAC-contender Clarkson in Potsdam.

After a 2-4 road trip to start the season, Cornell has started to turn things around at Lynah. The Red enters the weekend on a three game winning streak after defeating Yale, Brown and Sacred Heart at home. 

Cornell will have to contend with a highly talented UConn roster. The Red’s success on Saturday will depend on shutting down #28 Ryan Tveberg and #71 Matthew Wood. Tveberg, a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, leads the Huskies with 10 goals in 15 games. Wood, the youngest player in college hockey at 17, is expected to be a first round pick in June’s NHL Draft and has notched 12 points for UConn.

The Huskies excelled on defense and the penalty kill. They rank 9th in the country with 2.13 goals allowed per game (right behind Cornell’s 2.11) and 3rd in the country with a 92.4 PK%. 

Despite their talented power play units, the Huskies have only converted 11.9 percent of their man advantages this season. UConn has ridden success at even strength to an average of 3.4 goals per game.

Cornell’s somewhat slow start to the season and UConn’s position near the top of the Pairwise makes this an important game for the Red.

“For us, this is the kind of game that we need,” Schafer said. “We need to step up and get the job done.”

The Red’s experience and success at the Garden, as well as the throng of Cornell fans that will be in attendance on Saturday night will be an advantage.

“It’s our rink. It’s our home game,” Schafer said. “Coming out of the tunnel and seeing 11,000 Cornellians and a sea of red, how awesome is that.”

Despite the friendly confines that the Faithful and the Cornell alumni network make of the World’s Most Famous Arena, Schafer expects his players to still deal with some nerves and excitement playing on such a big stage.

“When they skate out and see the rink and crowd, they’re gonna have some nervousness and excitement. That’s natural, but it’s also good,” Schafer said. “I want them to enjoy that part of it… but when that puck drops, they’re zeroed in on what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Cornell’s annual trip to the city is a highlight of the University’s athletic schedule. Saturday will be a return to normal for the biennial Frozen Apple series after it was disrupted by the pandemic. Cornell would have faced Yale at Madison Square Garden in 2020, but the 2020-2021 season was canceled. 

“That’s what athletics does for the University. It gives you school spirit, gives you pride in your institution,” Schafer said. “We do our part by playing for our school. Madison Square Garden, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. In New York City, playing in front of our alumni, it’s awesome.”

Puck drop is scheduled for 8 pm on Saturday night.

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