For the men’s hockey team, it seems like there’s just something about Yale. The No. 12 Bulldogs won all three contests between the two teams last season, including a 5-0 rout in the ECAC Hockey championship game. And despite the No. 3 Red’s hot start to the season, Yale outskated Cornell once again on Friday in New Haven, Conn., and came away with a 4-2 win. The Red took out its frustration the next night in a 6-0 thrashing of Brown.
Cornell had the lead twice against Yale — senior captain Colin Greening opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 2:15 into the game to put the Red up, 1-0. But the Bulldogs answered with senior Marc Arcobello’s first goal of the year to tie it up. Cornell’s freshman defenseman Nick D’Agostino put Cornell back on top with his first career goal 12:06 into the first period. Yale was called for a delayed penalty and Cornell senior goalie Ben Scrivens headed to the bench; junior Joe Devin’s shot was saved by Yale goalie Nick Maricic, but the rebound bounced out to D’Agostino waiting in the slot, who found the back of the net with a big shot to give the Red a 2-1 lead. It didn’t last long, however, as Yale’s Broc Little knotted the game again at 2 on a breakaway with 41 seconds left in the first period.
Yale’s rookie goalie got off to a shaky start in the game, allowing goals on two of the first three shots Cornell took. But Maricic rebounded to finish with 25 saves, 11 in the third period. Scrivens finished with 33, 20 in the first period. Cornell’s efficiency on penalty kill continued in the game; the Red killed off all seven of Yale’s power play attempts and allowed just 10 shots.
After a scoreless second period, Yale pounced in the third. Cornell couldn’t score in a 74-second 5-on-3 situation, then, with 4:25 to play, Bulldog junior Brendan Mason got off a wrist shot from the left circle that proved the eventual game-winner. An empty-net goal with 20 seconds left was extra cushion for the Bulldogs.
Just like the previous night, Cornell started the scoring early against Brown. This time, it was senior Blake Gallagher who scored 11:59 into the game on an odd-man rush — Gallagher had two goals in the game. Once again, Cornell’s penalty kill allowed nothing to Brown, stifling all five of the Bears’ man-advantage chances.
Greening had three assists against the Bears, but the rest of the scoring was a balanced effort. Sean Collins, Joe Devin, Joe Scali and Tyler Roeszler each found the back of the net, and Jordan Kary, John Esposito, Braden Birch and Mike Devin tallied assists.