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Roundup: Cornell Snaps Losing Streak at Quinnipiac

Union Clinches Share of ECAC Title

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Cornell was outshot 41-14, but pulled out a 2-1 road win at Quinnipiac. It's the second time this season the Big Red won with fewer than 15 shots on goal, the first coming at Nebraska-Omaha early in the season.

Cornell was coming off three straight losses, including the last two at home, needed a spark, and found it, pulling itself back up to 9th in the current Pairwise.

“They obviously shoot the puck from a lot of areas on the ice," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. "One of the things that we wanted to do was to keep them on the perimeter and I thought we did a very good job with that, even in the third period. They did a tremendous job down the stretch creating some great scoring chances. We got luck but we had no puck luck last weekend. It wasn’t a thing of beauty but it is a road win against a really good hockey team.”

Joakim Ryan and Brian Ferlin scored the goals. Quinnipiac scored the game's first goal, but couldn't find the net after that.

“A couple of our guys were just a little off in their mental toughness tonight," QU coach Rand Pecknold said. "They weren't bad hockey players, but were just a little off. A great example was the last power-play we had, was that we turned the puck over four times in the first 45 seconds. Give Cornell credit, they played hard and found a way to win.”

Read more about the game in our blog.

Elsewhere

Union got two goals and an assist from Daniel Ciampini in defeating Clarkson, 5-0, Friday. The win clinches at least a share of the Cleary Cup, the regular-season ECAC trophy, the third time in the last four years for the Dutchmen.

"To see our team hoist that trophy, that's what it's all about," Union coach Rick Bennett said. "I'm really proud of our effort tonight, but at the same time, we realize we still have some work to do."

The Dutchmen, third in the Pairwise, ran their home winning streak to nine games.

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Tyson Spink had a hat trick to lead Colgate over Princeton, 6-1. The Raiders are now tied for second in the ECAC with Quinnipiac.

Read more about the game in our blog.

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Johnny Gaudreau scored his 28th goal of the season to lead Boston College to a 3-0 win over Massachusetts-Lowell. The Eagles are now unbeaten in the last 18 games, and have won 11 in a row.

Rookie goaltender Thatcher Demko recorded his second shutout of the season with 33 saves.

With the goal, Gaudreau elongated his point streak to 27 games. Gaudreau has been held scoreless just once this season and leads the nation with 1.94 points per game (28-24-62).

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Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped all 19 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout and the Irish got goals from Austin Wuthrich and Stephen Johns as they blanked Boston University, 2-0, in front of 4,669 at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday night.

The shutout was Summerhays’ seventh of the season which is tops in the nation and gives him a Notre Dame school record of 13 as he passes David Brown and Jordan Pearce.

“I think I only had two shutouts in juniors, so I’ve never really been known for shutouts,” Summerhays said. “I think shutouts are more of a team stat, more of a team defensive stat. It’s always nice to get zeroes I guess.”

Summerhays shares Anchorage, Alaska, as a hometown with Pearce, a 2009 Notre Dame grad.

“I grew up idolizing him (Jordan Pearce) and my cousin played with him on the National Team Developmental Program,” Summerhays said. “I watched him a lot growing up and I always wanted to come here and be just like Jordan was what I would always say. It was always awesome to be mentioned in the same category as him.”

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Northeastern's Braden Pimm scored with 1:11 left, and the Huskies finished in a 4-4 tie with Maine. It was not the best game of the season for Clay Witt, who made just 23 saves on 27 shots for Northeastern.

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Mario Puskarich scored a natural hat trick in the third period as Vermont defeated Merrimack, 4-1. It was the Warriors' sixth straight loss.

Puskarich is the first Vermont player to record a hat trick since Oct. 8, 2010.

"We weathered different storms. Merrimack played hard as we knew they would in this building," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We weren't brilliant by any stretch but we found a way collectively as a team to beat them. It's not going to be pretty and we had to be tough enough to understand that."

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