Roundup: Cornell Finally Wins Red Hot Hockey Matchup
Colgate Gets Split at Western Michigan
CHN Staff Report
Cornell and Boston University started a tradition 10 years ago of playing every other season at Madison Square Garden over the Thanksgiving break. In that time, there had been a lot of close games. But Cornell had never won — until now.
The Big Red staked themselves to a 3-0 lead, then held on in the third period for a 4-3 win in front of over 14,000 at MSG.
After getting the 3-0 lead, BU poured it on at the end of the second period, but Cornell freshman goaltender [[Matt Galajda]] made a series of big stops. BU got a power-play goal early in the third period, but the Big Red appeared to seal the deal when freshman Tristan Mullin scored his first career goal with 8:09 remaining and a 4-1 lead.
“When it was 4-1 I thought finally we get a chance to hang out a little bit, then it went south in a hurry," Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. "It was one of those things. ... They came back and made it 4-3 and we found a way to win.”
Dante Fabbro scored his second power-play goal of the period. Then, with five minutes left, Galajda left a rebound at the side of the net that Patrick Harper poked in. But in the final five minutes, BU had only a couple decent chances, with Galajda making one more big save.
“You say I had three points but I was also on it for all four goals against," Fabbro said. "That’s definitely something I take pride in my D zone, it’s one of those things I look pretty hard on and think it’s pretty unacceptable out of my portion."
BU dropped two games below .500, which is not where anyone expected this talented roster to be.
“Guys are sulking and shoulders are sagging and heads dropped," BU coach David Quinn said. "They’re kids, they want to get rewarded for playing the right way. When they don’t they want to try other things, which is unfortunate. You just got to keep at it but obviously I thought we did a good job because we stormed back. Like I said I liked our mental toughness tonight. I thought we turned it up a notch and did a much better job in the last 28 minutes.”
Cornell started the season 7-0, then got thumped by Clarkson at home, 4-0. That was followed up by a 5-4 win over Niagara on Tuesday, with the Big Red needing four goals in the third period to overcome a pair of two-goal deficits. So getting a solid game in against a quality opponent was huge, the BU comeback notwithstanding.
“He’s bounced back," Schafer said about Galajda. "(Upperclassman) Hayden (Stewart)’s been out and hurt and he’s had to carry the load for us all the way right now. He’s had some great games and even in a situation like tonight, that goal went in but he bounced right back, made a huge save. ... He’s risen to the occasion and when he’s had a bad outing he’s come right back.
“At the start of the year with 10 freshmen (if) you told me we would’ve been 9-1, I would’ve signed up for that faster than the New York Lotto. ... Our leadership has done a tremendous job of bringing these guys into the fold and making them feel comfortable and knowing obviously that we need them but to teach them the culture of Cornell hockey, what it means to be a Cornell hockey player, what it means to be in our program and represent themselves on campus, in classroom, everything. These guys have bought right in and they’ve been a tremendous group, but that doesn’t happen unless your upperclassmen make them feel comfortable and make them feel that they’re welcome.”
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[[Bobby]] McMann recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist for four points Saturday night as Colgate defeated Western Michigan at Lawson Arena for a weekend split.
Goaltender Colton Point came up big for the Raiders with 36 saves. Point made a game-high 14 saves in the second period Saturday night and had double-digit saves in each period.
"Colton made two or three point-blank saves tonight that I think when we go back to look at the them we're going to say, 'Wow,'" Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. "That's part of a team, you need to have that and he's certainly answering the bell for us when we need him to. Tonight we were able put some pucks in the back of the net for him."
McMann is up to nine goals on the season. The sophomore from Wainwright, Alberta, had just five goals last season.
"It was just a matter of time for Bob, he could have easily had five more goals this year because he's hit a few posts," Vaughan said. "He's getting a lot of opportunities; he's a big strong guy that can possess the puck and really can create. He's getting rewarded for all the hard work he puts in. He's a rink rat; he's on the ice all the time.
"That's a big win for us in a tough building against a very good team. ... It was just a fun game to be a part of and we'll enjoy it here for the next few hours on the bus and then we'll get back to work and start looking forward to Army next week."
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New Hampshire went to New Haven and defeated Yale, 4-0, in the first meeting between the two teams in 11 years.
The Bulldogs threw shots from every angle at UNH senior goalie Danny Tirone, but the Trumbull, Conn., native was too tough to solve. He also got all the bounces to go his way with 34 saves.
“We are in a slump right now,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “And when it rains, sometimes it pours.”
“We are moving in the right direction. We just need to see some results,” said Allain, whose squad is now 3-6 overall with a pair of ECAC contests up next weekend on the road.
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Elsewhere: Massachusetts swept Quinnipiac, topping it off with a 6-3 win Saturday. Niko Rufo finished off a hat trick with an empty-net goal for the Minutemen. ... Vermont got a goal from Max Kaufman 20 seconds into overtime to defeat Dartmouth, 2-1, in Hanover, in a battle of two struggling teams.