February 10, 2003

Red scores five power play goals en route to 8-0 win

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A night after throttling Dartmouth to end an eight-game winless streak against the Green, the men’s hockey team (19-4-0, 14-2-0 ECAC) hammered Vermont (9-14-3, 6-10-0) to claim sole possession of first place in the ECAC. Playing in front of a packed Lynah crowd, which included former United States Attorney General Janet Reno ’60 and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ’74, the No. 5 Red pounced on the Catamounts with an early goal and never looked back en route to an 8-1 win on Saturday night.

Seven different Cornell players notched goals and 12 registered points in the offensive explosion.

“I was really happy with our work ethic for 120 minutes,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said. “We really came prepared to work very hard on both nights, and when you work hard and execute, good things are going to happen.”

For the second night in a row, Cornell’s first power play unit, which had struggled to finish its chances the past few weekends, opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game. Just 13 seconds into Baron Becker’s cross checking penalty and 1:34 into the contest, senior Mark McRae put home a rebound after Vermont’s Shawn Conschafter made the initial save on a slapper from senior captain Stephen B