January 7, 2008

Men's Hockey Takes Pair From Niagara

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The men’s hockey team finished its non-conference schedule with a pair of wins, topping Niagara, 6-0 on Friday night and 4-3 on Saturday. Junior Michael Kennedy led the way with six points on the weekend.
Friday’s game was Cornell’s biggest margin of victory in nearly a year. Kennedy and classmate Evan Barlow both notched two goals and an assist to lead the Red, while freshman Riley Nash and senior Chris Fontas each added a goal apiece. Fontas’s tally was his first career goal in a Cornell uniform, though he scored three times while playing for UMass-Lowell.
Sophomore Ben Scrivens got the shutout in goal, turning away 17 Niagara shots. Cornell held the edge in shots, 33-17.
The next night was a bit tighter of a contest. Cornell built a 3-1 lead early in the third period on goals from Kennedy, sophomore Blake Gallagher and senior co-captain Topher Scott. However, Niagara responded with two goals in a four-minute span to even the game. With almost three minutes left in regulation, though, Kennedy found sophomore Justin Krueger for the game-winning goal. Senior co-captain Raymond Sawada also notched three assists in the contest, and Scrivens made 26 saves.