Cornell Settles For Another Tie With BU at MSG
by Jashvina Shah/Staff Writer
NEW YORK Under the lights at Madison Square Garden, Cornell finally had a chance to take its first Red Hot Hockey title.
But a four-goal third period saw Boston University battle back. The two teams ended the contest with a 3-3 tie after a scoreless overtime, a fitting end for two teams fighting for spots amongst the top of their respective conferences.
“We’ve tied three of the [last six] games and I’m sure Mike [Schafer] feels like his team should’ve won and we feel like we should’ve won,” Boston University head coach David Quinn said. “I think both teams feel that when you tie. But I like where we’re going. I like the direction we’re going. We obvisouly still have to get better, we’ve got to get off to better starts.”
The Terriers won in the shootout, defending the still young Kelley-Harkness trophy.
“It was a good college hockey game and that’s why every year down in Florida I vote no for the shootout to settle games,” Schafer “[I] hate it. It’s stupid.”
The Big Red are 6-1-2 on the season and third in the ECAC, competing with Quinnipiac, Harvard and RPI. The Terriers, meanwhile, are pushing through the season after some key offseason losses.
Cornell created some chances in the first but struck twice in the first 10 minutes of the second period for the 2-0 lead. Anthony Angello tipped a Patrick McCarron shot in less than three minutes into the first, while Trevor Yates scored on a rebound 2:10 minutes later.
“I thought we got off to a great start,” Schafer said. “I thought we created scoring chances, I thought we kept scoring chances away. We did exactly what we wanted in the first period. I think we established the physicality of the game. Quick starts, it’s always quick start, every team wants to score the first two goals.”
While BU entered the third trailing, the Terriers created several Grade-A scoring chances in the frame.
“Ironically I thought we actually had a decent second period yet we’re down 2-0,” Quinn said.
Bobo Carpenter and A.J. Greer scored in the third to tie the game for the Terriers, but Holden Anderson scored less than two minutes later to give Cornell the lead. Jordan Greenway tied the game with 3:55 minutes left. Greenway and Greer’s tallies were the first of the season, and the first of Greenway’s career.
“If we’re going to have success we’re going to need contributions from everybody and these guys have been playing well. [I was] looking at the stat sheet about a week ago and I couldn’t believe neither one of them hadn’t had a goal because they’d been playing well,” Quinn said.
“It’s not that we don’t want them to score goals, but you've got to take care of the process. They both have been playing really well as of late.
While the biennial event aims to renew an old ECAC rivalry between two teams clad in red and white, the contest serves as an early test for each team. For the Terriers, it’s an indication their 0-for-4 power play needs to improve.
“I know statistically our power play looks okay but we really got to get better on the power play,” Quinn said. “I think we’re too slow, we’re too methodical, we stickhandle it too much. There’s just way too much thinking going on out there so that’s something that needs to be addressed for us if we’re going to continue to grow and have success.”
While BU has tied three of its last six games, Cornell has tied two of its last three games.
“It’s not frustrating at all, I mean you learn from your mistakes, the things that we did tonight,” Schafer said.