January 3, 2008

Men's Hockey Places Third in Florida College Classic

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The men’s hockey team came in third last weekend in the Florida College Classic, losing, 3-2, to UMass-Lowell and skating to a 3-3 tie with Clarkson. Cornell then won a shootout after the second game to officially earn third.
In the loss to UMass-Lowell, sophomore Ben Scrivens was pulled from the game after giving up the first goal four minutes into the game. Scrivens tried to clear the puck, but was intercepted, leading to the score. Junior Troy Davenport replaced Scrivens and stopped 21 River Hawks shots, while giving up two goals.
Going into the third period, Cornell led, 2-1, after goals by junior Michael Kennedy and sophomore Joe Scali. But UMass-Lowell got a goal from sophomore Chris Auger and a power-play tally from classmate Ben Holmstrom to clinch the win.
Cornell and its Kennedy brothers came out firing the next day against Clarkson, an ECAC Hockey rival. First, Michael scored his second goal of the tournament to give the Red the early lead, and then freshman brother Patrick scored his first career goal later in the period. In the second, freshman Riley Nash added a tally to make it 3-0. Cornell could not hold the lead, though, as Scrivens gave up three goals in the third. The game-tying goal was a short-handed score by sophomore Mike Beca.
After the game, the two teams participated in a shootout to determine third place in the tournament. Senior co-captain Raymond Sawada scored the game-winner in the seventh round past senior goalie David Leggio, who came into the game in the third period after an injury to sophomore Tim Potter.
With two goals over the two games, Michael Kennedy was named to the all-tournament team. UMass-Lowell ended up winning the tournament championship, beating Maine, 6-0.