Roundup: Cornell Back In Win Column; Clarkson Ties Again
4 Goals For Yale's Evan Smith in Win Over Princeton
CHN Staff Report
Jared Fiegl scored the only goal of the game, midway through the third period, to give Cornell a 1-0 win over St. Lawrence. The win gives Cornell a four-point lead for first place on Union and Clarkson with four regular-season games remainings.
For the weekend, Cornell had just the one goal and allowed none. Friday, the Big Red and Clarkson skated to a 0-0 tie in Potsdam. The weekend helped Cornell maintain a top-four place in the Pairwise.
The goal was Fiegl’s third in his last four games after just four goals over the first 107 games of his collegiate career.
“I think Jared’s always worked extremely hard. He brought energy last night and he’s physical, and he brought energy again tonight,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. “It’s good to see him get rewarded.”
Schafer missed Friday's game because of an illness, but was back behind the bench Saturday.
Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda needed to make just 16 saves for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of the season, which leads the nation.
Much of the game’s first 40 minutes were marred by penalties, with neither team finding any traction on the power play. Cornell had the better chances, but Galajda needed to make some of his biggest saves in the final two minutes of the second period. First, he turned away Joe Sullivan’s shot on a two-on-one, then he flashed his blocker out to stop Keenan Suthers’ clean, quick break after a turnover.
“I thought we dominated most of the game tonight and didn’t give them too much,” Galajda said. “It’s kind of tough playing in games like that where you don’t get too many shots, but you’ve just got to focus and try to make the save when you get the chance.”
Cornell has been looking for new line combos with some players out injured, including captain Mitch Vanderlaan.
“With guys who were playing with energy, we started putting those guys together. Then maybe missing a few shifts here and there gave some of the other guys some energy,” Schafer said of the rejuvenated effort in the third. “At the same time, we started moving pucks faster and got going. I think that when you move the puck a little more quickly, you look faster. And we did that in the third.”
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Clarkson's winless streak reached five after a second consecutive tie this weekend. This time, the Golden Knights let a 4-2 third-period lead slip away to Colgate. Clarkson is just 1-3-4 since a 14-game winning streak, though the four ties have been enough to keep Clarkson at No. 7 in the Pairwise.
Colgate senior goaltender Bruce Racine made a career high in saves for the second straight night, stopping 38 of the 42 shots he faced just one night after making 34 saves at St. Lawrence.
Sheldon Rempal and Kelly Summers scored twice for Clarkson. But Bobby McMann had a pair of third-period goals for Colgate, including the tying one with 4:48 remaining.
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The last time the Yale had two players record hat tricks in the same game was 2011 against Holy Cross, when a current Olympian Broc Little, and a guy who has played in the NHL, Kenny Agostino, did it. It happened again Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated Princeton, 7-2, and increased their win streak to four games.
Evan Smith had four goals and Joe Snively hit the net three times and had four points to help the Elis end the Tigers’ winning streak at five games while pulling even with both Princeton and Dartmouth in sixth place.
The weekend wins were accomplished without head coach Keith Allain, who is in South Korea as an assistant coach with the U.S. men's Olympic team.
“We were really happy with the way we started and the way we came back,” assistant coach Josh Siembida said. “We responded in the way we needed to.”
That cooled off Princeton, which had won five in a row, and created a three-way tie for sixth place in the ECAC between Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth.
Yale sophomore goalie Corbin Kaczperski, who earned the win in net with 34 saves, needed 14 in the second because the Tigers tilted the ice and had a 16-5 advantage.
“He was solid and made the saves we needed him to make,” Siembida said. “He has a lot of confidence.”
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Elsewhere in the ECAC, Quinnipiac topped Brown, 3-0, with Andrew Shortridge earning a 22-save shutout. ... And Union edged Dartmouth, 2-1, to move into a tie for second place in the league with Clarkson.
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A two-goal night for sophomore Niko Rufo and a 30-save shutout for freshman Matt Murray carried Massachusetts to a 3-0 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday at the Mullins Center. With the win, UMass’ first shutout over the River Hawks since Nov. 24, 1970, the Minutemen improve to 13-16-2 overall and 7-12-2 in league play.
UMass is ninth in Hockey East, but is unbeaten now in its last three after snapping a six-game losing streak.
“Before the weekend I told the group, I think we’re ready to take a step forward,” UMass coach Greg Carvel said. “That meant trying to find a way to win on the road against a good team. We found a way to get a point last night. And then to beat UMass Lowell. It was a big step forward for us, a real solid 60 minutes for our group. I thought in the first period we were very good, scored the goal, I didn’t think it would be the only goal of the game, but we played really solid for 60 minutes. I don’t think either team had a ton of momentum at any time. We checked well, played heavy and competed well.”
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New Hampshire juniors Ara Nazarian and Marcus Vela each posted a goal and an assist as the Wildcats tied Vermont, 2-2 on Saturday at the Whittemore Center.
Vermont, which won 2-1 in Durham on Friday, remained unbeaten in its last seven (5-0-2).
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A strong start was not enough for the Robert Morris to withstand an RIT onslaught, as the Tigers (12-15-2, 11-11-1) completed their Atlantic Hockey sweep of the Colonials (13-15-2, 12-10-2) with a 6-2 decision at the RMU Island Sports Center Saturday night.
The loss meant RMU was unable to keep pace witih Mercyhurst, which moved two points ahead into a second-place tie with Holy Cross. RMU is fourth, two points ahead of Army and four back of first-place Canisius with four regular-season games remaining.
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Michael Wilson tallied two power-play goals to lead Army to a 3-2 win over Canisius.
“It was a tough loss for us; the better team won tonight," Canisius coach Trevor Large said. "Army had most of the play in the third period when I was hoping that our guys would find a way to push. It was a bit of special teams battle that we lost tonight. A couple of power-play goals for them and our power play couldn’t get it done for us. All in all, it’s a hard hockey game that we needed to be better in."