Cornell Tops Maine in Shootout to Take Florida Tournament
CHN Staff Report
Rodger Craig scored in the ninth round of a shootout after a 1-1 tie with Maine, lifting Cornell to a championship at the Florida College Classic at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. Andy Iles stopped eight of nine shots in the shootout and was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Christian Hilbrich scored the only goal in regulation time for Cornell (8-4-3), coming in the third period, when his shot was saved, only to see the rebound ricochet off a Maine defender and in.
Cornell has played in the event in each of its 14 years of existence, with its other titles coming in 2003, 2005 and 2008. While Craig's winning goal in the shootout doesn't officially count as a goal, it was his first strike since scoring the overtime winner against Michigan in the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Similar to that win over the Wolverines, Iles played a huge factor in Sunday's title game against defending champion Maine. He finished the game with 32 saves and stopped 76 of 79 shots over the weekend. The only goal he yielded Sunday came with 61 seconds left in the second period, when Devin Shore converted an indefensible shot off a Steven Swavely feed.
Iles then stopped Connor Leen on a shorthanded breakaway, followed by Dan Renouf's rebound offering early in the third period — keeping the Big Red within striking distance just before Hilbrich's goal.
Cornell — which has lost just once in its last eight games (5-1-2) — returns to the Lynah Rink for its next two games, though the first will be an exhibition. The Big Red plays host to the touring Russian Red Stars at 7 p.m. Friday before returning to regular-season play at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 against Massachusetts.