Cornell Joins the Party With Another Rally and Dramatic Finish
by Jared Shafran/CHN Reporter
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Anything is liable to happen, and almost anything already has in this year's tournament.
Cornell is accustomed to being the most reliable ECAC team in NCAA tournament play. And in its two most recent appearances, it was accustomed to coming from behind. So it was fitting, after a crushing loss by Princeton on Friday and a defeat by Yale, that again it was Cornell, coming back and carrying the water for the league.
And coming from behind is something Cornell has done this year, too.
Most recently, the Big Red were able to come back from a two-goal deficit and pull off the upset in their Midwest regional showdown against the Northeastern Huskies.
Timely goaltending Ben Scrivens, allowed Cornell to hang around long enough to sway the momentum in their favor and then big goals by Blake Gallagher, Colin Greening, and Evan Barlow, propelled them to victory.
“Seems like the last three NCAA games we’ve been in, we’ve given up a two-goal lead and been able to come back to win it,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. “It’s something I wish these guys wouldn’t continue to do, but we were able to find a way.”
Having the flair for the dramatic might not always be the best approach, but something about it is working for Cornell, which finished second in the ECAC during the regular season and was the runner up in the ECAC tournament this year.
“It’s been a crazy NCAA tournament and we’re really happy to represent the ECAC and move on to the next opponent whoever that may be,” said Schafer.
This game may not be the only coming from behind that the Big Red is doing this season. After getting out to a hot start early in their season with a 13-1-3 record in late January, they struggled down the stretch with losses to teams like Harvard, Dartmouth, and St. Lawrence.
Now, the team is one game away from a trip to the Frozen Four and everything seems to be piecing together at just the right time.
“We have to focus on maintaining momentum,” said Evan Barlow, who had a dramatic goal against Princeton last week, and the winning goal in this game, with 17 seconds left. "We’ve got to focus on staying out of the box in the first period and from there build off that."
No matter what happens in the first couple periods of their game Saturday, don’t count out the Big Red late in the game.
“If you feel you are controlling the play, no matter what the score is, you feel like you’ll be able to come back,” said Colin Greening, who had the winning OT goal against Princeton and the tying goal here. “Once you get that first comeback win, you’re able to realize that you can do it again. I guess that’s been one of our strengths in the last couple weeks.”
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