On Saturday night the rafters of Lynah Rink came alive for the first time of the 2000-01 season, as the men’s hockey team played in its annual Red-White scrimmage.
The event was a chance for the Lynah Faithful to see the new players on the team, as well as get reacquainted with the veterans. It was also an opportunity for newcomers to the East Hill to take part in the Lynah tradition.
The game was highlighted by very physical play between the two teams.
“Our guys are tired of bumping into each other,” head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said. “There were a couple of really big hits.”
Sophomore Travis Bell was hit early in the game and had a bit of an injury, the extent of which is unknown.
Senior tri-captain Andrew McNiven was pleased with the performance on both sides.
“I thought it was a pretty good effort by both teams tonight. Guys were pretty happy to [start] playing in front of the Lynah fans again,” he said.
The play of the rookies was also impressive. Freshman Greg Hornby earned an assist on the first goal of the game, scored by classmate David Hughes.
“We have a some good freshmen coming in. A couple of them definitely stepped up tonight and played really well. We are really looking forward to them making a big impact on our team,” McNiven added.
Sophomore Matt McRae also picked up an assist on the Hughes’ goal, and poked home an empty-net goal with 18 seconds to play, which capped a 2-0 Red victory.
The game was comprised of three 11-minute periods, with no intermission between the second and third periods.
Despite several opportunities for both teams, the netminders made sure to keep the game low-scoring.
“The goaltending was excellent,” Schafer said. “I thought [senior] Ian [Burt] especially played well early in the first period.”
Burt had 13 saves in the first two periods for the Red, with junior Matt Underhill making four stops for the Red in the third period. Underhill started in net for the White squad, making five saves, for a total of nine on the night. Sophomore Chris Gartman made eight saves for the White over the course of the final two periods.
On the whole, Schafer was pleased.
“It’s a gradual process of changing from scrimmage hockey to starting to play a real kind of hockey game,” he said.
Cornell played Princeton last night in an unscored scrimmage, and will play an exhibition against Waterloo next Saturday at Lynah.
Archived article by J.V. Anderton