Preview the weekend here.
Listen to Episode 5 of ‘Good Evening, Hockey Fans,’ featuring senior defenseman Alec McCrea, here.
How to watch or listen:
Video on ESPN+ (subscription needed), radio in Ithaca on WHCU 97.7 FM/870 AM, live updates on Twitter @DailySunSports and at cornellsun.com.
Storm changes Dartmouth start time:
Due to the impending storm set to hit the Northeast, Saturday’s game against Dartmouth has been moved up to 3 p.m.
The series against the Crimson:
The Red has clashed with the archrival Crimson 154 times since 1910. Cornell holds a 77-66-11 record. This will be the teams’ third meeting this season — the Crimson beat Cornell in a nonconference game at Madison Square Garden and Cornell grinded out a 2-1 road victory before the holiday break. Last time the teams met at Lynah Rink, senior defenseman Alec McCrea’s last-second goal gave the Red a thrilling 3-2 victory.
The series against the Green:
Cornell and Dartmouth first met in 1909, and the Red holds a 82-49-6 advantage in the series. The Green beat Cornell on Nov. 30 when the teams met in Hanover, 3-2.
Cornell last time out:
With three wins and one loss since returning from a five-week winter break, Cornell is fresh off a home sweep of then-No. 13 Arizona State. Sophomore forward Cam Donaldson scored three goals on the weekend and earned ECAC Player of the Week honors. Sophomore Austin McGrath earned the win in game one and classmate Matt Galajda, back from a lengthy injury, made his first start since Nov. 24 in game two, earning the win as well.
Harvard last time out:
The Crimson lost to Princeton, 4-2 on Friday, before rebounding with a 2-1 road win over No. 6/7 Quinnipiac — a game in which goaltender Michael Lackey made 46 saves.
Dartmouth last time out:
The Green earned a split in its return to ECAC play, losing to first-place Quinnipiac, 5-1, before downing preseason favorite Princeton, 5-0.
Scouting the Crimson:
Trailing the Red by just a point in the conference standings, Harvard enters the weekend with the nation’s best power play at an eye-popping 35.7 percent. Junior defenseman Adam Fox has seven goals and 16 assists already this season and has recorded at least one point in all but three of the Crimson’s games.
Scouting the Green:
Dartmouth has a balanced offense, sporting 10 players with two or more goals. Junior Adrian Clark is the Green’s primary goaltender; he has an .899 save percentage.
Cornell beats Harvard if:
… it wins the special teams battle. Harvard is a dangerous team when up a skater, so the first priority for the Red should be avoiding penalties. On the power play, Cornell will hope to benefit from continued production from sophomore forwards Donaldson and Morgan Barron. After a bad start to the season statistically, the Red’s special teams have been better since winter break.
Some more Cornell men’s hockey stats for you this Monday morning:
PP: 21.3%, 13th in the country
PK: 78.8%, tied for 41st
But… since winter break (last four games):
PP: 3-for-10 (30%)
PK: 8-for-9 (~89%)
(would be 3rd and tied for 2nd nationally)
— Raphy Gendler (@raphy_gendler) January 14, 2019
Cornell beats Dartmouth if:
… it gets out to an early lead. Dartmouth has proven inconsistent (for example, surrendering five goals in a lopsided loss to Quinnipiac and rebounding with a five-goal outburst against Princeton), so Cornell should try to make the game out of reach early. Power play success will also be key for the Red — Dartmouth’s penalty kill at 72.3 percent is second-worst in the country.
What they’re saying in Ithaca:
Senior forward Beau Starrett on likely playing his final game against Harvard at Lynah: “It’s been a pretty heated rivalry in my four years here and … it’s the 2,000th game for Cornell in their hockey history too so there’s a lot at stake this weekend and it’s crazy to think it’s our last game at home against these guys.”
Sophomore goaltender Matt Galajda: “Playing them at [Madison Square Garden] was a very special moment, but nothing beats playing them here.”
What they’re saying in Cambridge:
Junior defenseman John Marino on playing at Lynah: “It’s electric. You get the fish going, and it’s always cool. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior.”
Sophomore forward Henry Bowlby on playing a now-healthy Cornell team: “Cornell can talk about [injuries] all they want, but I think they play pretty similarly regardless of whether they’re missing players. It’ll be a battle on Friday. … They play a heavy game. Really strong defensively, and they like to hold onto pucks down low in the offensive zone and make us play defense.”
What they’re saying in Hanover:
Head coach Bob Gaudet after the Green’s 5-0 win over Princeton: “I’m happy for Adrian [Clark] to bounce back the way he did tonight. He saw pucks really well all night and his play in the early minutes kept us in it and them off the scoreboard before leading to our first goal.”
Junior forward Jeff Malott and sophomore defenseman Alex Green are both questionable for this weekend.
Schafer will have an answer for Alex Green and Jeff Malott’s availability for this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth by Thursday. Green has been in full practice since Dec. 27, just trying to get back to full strength and conditioning.
— Zachary Silver (@zachsilver) January 15, 2019
— With a sweep this weekend, Cornell would move to 7-1 in Ivy League play this season and clinch its second straight Ivy title.
— Friday night marks the 2,000th game in Cornell men’s hockey program history.
Cornell trio nominated for nation’s best player award:
Cornell nominated three players — Cam Donaldson, Morgan Barron and Yanni Kaldis — for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Online fan voting is open through March 10.
ECAC conference standings: