Cornell Goalie Scores to Cap Win
Gets Victory in First Career Start
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Goalie Mitch Gillam scores an empty-net goal.
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ITHACA, N.Y. Cornell freshman Mitch Gillam, making his first career start, scored an empty-net goal and made 24 saves in the Big Red's 4-2 win over Niagara on Tuesday.
Gillam becomes just the eighth goalie in NCAA history to be credited with a goal, and just the third to actually shoot it into the opponent's net. Western Michigan's Mike Mantua (2002) and Michigan State's Chad Alban (1998) are the other two.
The game marked the first time since March 18, 2011 that senior Andy Iles did not start in goal for Cornell, during his freshman year. His 80 consecutive starts ranks as fifth-most in Division I history.
Gillam, a 21-year old freshman from Peterborough, Ontario, gloved a long slapper as time was winding down, and shot the puck 180 feet into the open Niagara net.
Fellow freshman Patrick McCarron also scored his first career goal in the win.
Cornell has won four in a row, and next plays against Boston University in a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday.