Just over three minutes had elapsed in the second period of last year’s ECAC title game when St. Lawrence’s Blair Clarance beat goalie Matt Underhill to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. For most squads a two-goal deficit might not have been deadly, but for a Cornell team that mustered three or more goals in just 10 of its 29 regular seasons games the tally was fatal. It was indeed offensive futility that thwarted the Red’s quest for its first ECAC crown since 1996.
If this year’s squad hopes to enjoy a a more prosperous fate, its hopes ride largely on the scoring ability of its forwards.
The Red’s offense was largely paralyzed by the loss of several key forwards last season — now seniors Denis Ladouceur and David Kozier and junior Matt McRae all were stricken with injury. Their return coupled with a highly touted group of rookie forwards gives Cornell fans something to get excited about, a sentiment that permeates the team.
“Since I’ve been here we always started the year with someone injured. Now we have everyone healthy. It’s good to get off on a good note,” said junior Sam Paolini.
Last year’s first power play line was undoubtedly the bread and butter of the team. That unit was steered by now junior co-captain Stephen B