Ferlin's OT Goal Sends Cornell to Lake Placid
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Brian Ferlin scores the game winner midway through the first overtime.
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Twice this season, Andy Iles had shutouts spoiled by one penalty shot goal allowed. This time, he held onto it all the way through overtime, his first of the season, and one of the biggest of his career.
Brian Ferlin's rebound goal midway through the first overtime gave Cornell a 1-0 win over Clarkson in the decisive Game 3 of the teams' ECAC quarterfinal series. The win keeps Cornell's NCAA hopes alive, and sends it on to face Union in next week's ECAC semifinals in Lake Placid.
"It was a real good poised play by Clint Lewis to get it to the net," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said.
Ferlin's game winner also came a period after he took a borderline hit from behind that wasn't called, but kept him out of the game for a few shifts.
"He came back to the bench, he was steaming," Schafer said. "He had to get checked out medically first before he could go back on. You could sense he was pretty determined. He had some great chances in the course of the game."
The teams had few good scoring chances along the way, and when there were, Iles and his freshman counterpart Steve Perry came up big.
"He went long periods of time without any action, then he had to make a big save," Schafer said about his goaltender. "I think he's gotten better handling that over the years."
"Andy's awesome, he competed non-stop," Cornell assistant coach Ben Syer said. "He was on top of his game here tonight, and gave us an opportunity to win."
Clarkson came back from a 1-0 series deficit last week to defeat Princeton in three games, but couldn't quite pull out the same thing against Cornell.
"We battled, it was an unbelieveable series," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "For us to play six games like that in 10 days, and show the mental toughness we showed tonight, was a telling tale of our team all season."
Clarkson was picked in some polls to finish last in the preseason, but came in fifth in Jones' third season behind the bench. It showed it has a bright future, but that there is still work to do to get back to an elite level.
"Any time you get extensive playoff experience it's good," Jones said. "I thought (the freshmen) could learn from our senior class the commitment level it took to get us here, and the compete level you need to be successful, intangible qualities of good programs. We've got to get some guys to step into major roles here going forward, but certainly the senior class took us on a great journey this year."
Schafer was impressed with his former assistant coach, Jones, a fellow Cornell alum who was the captain for the Big Red at the beginning of Schafer's coaching career.
"How hard they fought, the game could've gone either way," Schafer said. "I told Casey after the game how proud I was of how he's done such a great job at Clarkson and how hard his team fights and claws for victory. When you win a game like that against an opponent that plays that hard, and is well coached — a victory is good at any time — but when you know you have a worthy adversary, it's great to win.
"The league is so deep this year, being the four seed, there wasn't much to pick from between us and Clarkson. That's why you fight all year, to make sure you have last change all night long, and all three nights."