Roundup: Senior Stewart's Shutout Gives Cornell Lift at Miami
CHN Staff Report
Cornell scored three goals in the opening 13 minutes then rode strong play from senior goaltender Hayden Stewart to a 4-0 victory Saturday over Miami at Cady Arena. Senior forward Alex Rauter had a goal and two assists, and junior forward Anthony Angello and senior forward Trevor Yates each had a goal and an assist.
Stewart made 26 saves for his third career shutout in just his ninth collegiate start, helping Cornell earn a weekend split against Miami. It was his first start of the season after freshman Matthew Galajda earned the nod in the first 11 games. Galajda has played well for the most part, and Cornell coach Mike Schafer usually likes to ride one goaltender, as he's done almost every year as head coach. But Stewart, who had been nursing an injury, earned the chance, Schafer said. But also, Galajda let up a couple tough long goals recently, including two last week to Boston University in a win at Madison Square Garden, and one Friday in the 2-1 loss to Miami.
"I didn't like the goals that Matt's been giving up recently," Schafer acknowledged. "He gave up some goals from the blue line [at MSG] and one last night on a wrist shot where he didn't fight through traffic. And Hayden also deserves it. So it wasn't all so much what Matt was doing, it was also something Hayden was doing. He's played hard and practiced hard, unfortunately for him, he got hurt. And he was solid, I thought he did a great job."
The Big Red's special teams responded in a big way after a disappointing spell over the last several weeks, producing power-play goals by junior forward Anthony Angello and senior forward Trevor Yates to give Cornell a two-goal lead by the 12:01 mark of the opening period.
Cornell had been just 1 for its last 21 on the power play, and the penalty kill had allowed 6 goals in its last 14 chances.
"We needed more movement, especially down low," Schafer said about the power play. "Get it down to the goal line and kick it back up top, try to get them out of their shot lanes.
"In some parts I didn't think we played as well as we did last night, and other parts I thought we played better. We won the special teams war tonight going 2-for-4 and keeping them off board. ... We just talked about getting back to the fundamentals — blocking shots and being in our lanes and having good clears, winning draws. All those things paid dividends for us tonight."
With the win, Cornell tied its fifth-best winning percentage through 12 games in the modern era of program history. And the win against Miami was huge from a national standpoint, given that the only non-league game remaining on the schedule is against Canisius after Christmas.
But despite sitting No. 5 in both the Pairwise and KRACH, Cornell is also the only in the top 18 of the Pairwise without a "quality win," defined as a win against any team in the top 20. The Pairwise gives bonus points for "quality wins." Miami is currently No. 27 in the Pairwise, though it's 17th in KRACH, indicating that despite not getting the bonus points, it's still a good win at Miami from a subjective point of view.
"We're looking forward to the break," Schafer said. "We have 10 freshmen, and they're tired. I think they've done a great job, but I've looked at them at times and they've seemed mentally and physically fatigued at points."
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Tommy Marchin had a hat trick and Tim Lappin scored the game winner in overtime as Brown scored four unanswered goals to rally past Rensselaer, 5-4, Saturday in Troy.
Brown was down three midway through the third period, but rattled off three goals within a 5:26 span to force overtime, before Lappin scored at 1:35 of OT to complete the comeback.
Marchin recorded his second career hat trick and added one assist for a career-high four points.
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Ted Hart's hat trick led Yale past Union, 5-3, snapping the Dutchmen's five-game unbeaten streak. Hart’s first collegiate hat trick, spread out evenly over three periods, included the game winner with 5:58 left in regulation. The win also snapped a five-game losing streak for Yale.
After the Dutchmen evened the score at 3-3 early in the third, the Bulldogs jumped all over a great scoring chance created initially by junior defenseman Anthony Walsh, who got to a loose puck and poked it over to Robbie DeMontis. The sophomore forward came in over the blueline with two blueliners closing in on him as he entered the right circle. Hart sprinted into the slot with space and DeMontis threaded the needle and allowed his teammate to one-time the pass past Union goalie Jake Kupsky.
“I came off the bench from a line change, and Robbie [DeMontis] had the puck in the far offensive corner," Hart said. "He saw me streaking into the zone and made a great pass to the slot where I was able to one time the puck past the goalie.
“The team did a great job responding to the loss on Friday (to RPI). We were more physical and won more 50-50 battles. Our defensemen did a nice job with getting pucks to the net and our forwards were successful at creating traffic and finding rebounds. Hopefully we can build off this win and carry it into next weekend.”
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Also in the ECAC, Harvard finished a weekend sweep with a 5-2 win over Princeton. The night before, Ryan Donato had a hat trick in the Crimson's win over Quinnipiac. Max Veronneau had a hat trick for Princeton against Dartmouth a night earlier, while Quinnipiac and Dartmouth played to a 0-0 tie Saturday. ... Clarkson won its ninth in row, defeating Canisius in a non-league game.
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Niagara completed its first sweep at Air Force since February 2005 with a 5-2 victory Saturday night. Zach Mills opened the scoring 26 seconds into the game and the Purple Eagles never trailed. Nick Farmer registered his first career two-goal game, Tanner Lomsnes scored his team-high 12th goal of the season for the eventual game-winning goal, and Derek Brown added an empty-net tally.
The Purple Eagles won just five games last year, but are now 9-5-1 under first-year coach Jason Lammers, and 8-2-1 in Atlantic Hockey.