March 20, 2010

Sports Update 3-19-10: Men’s Hockey Defeats Brown to Advance to the ECAC Finals

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The men’s hockey team is still alive in the hunt for its twelfth ECAC title after defeating Brown, 3-0, at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

With the victory, the Red advanced to the championship game, where it would meet Union tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.

Cornell started slow against a Brown team that qualified for the semifinals after defeating Yale ––the Ivy League champion team that was favored to win the tournament––. After the end of the first period, the Bears had 11 shots on goal, while the Red only managed to shoot the puck into the net’s direction on six occasions.

Cornell had one Power Play during the first period; Brown had two. However, both teams were not able to capitalize on chances, as the first period finished tied at zero.

During the second period, the Red came out with an aggressive offensive game and had numerous chances while maintaining the majority of the possession.

Then, with 4:25 remaining in the second period, Cornell was able to find the net after freshman right wing John Esposito assisted sophomore left wing Locke Jillson to give Cornell a 1-0 lead.

The Red extended its lead and secured its spot in the final period after scoring two goals and preventing the Bears’ offense from having any clear chances to score.

Esposito scored Cornell’s second goal after a pass from senior defenseman Justin Krueger. Junior center Riley Nash finished the job after tallying a goal with 6:01 left in the third period.

Ben Scrivens had 23 saves in a great performance that gave him his 18th shutout in a Cornell uniform, tying the school’s current all-time record for shutouts established by David McKee in his historic 2004-2005 season.

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Original Author: AJ Ortiz