In its last four games, the No. 7 ranked men’s hockey team has gone just 1-2-1, scoring only four goals in that stretch. Head coach Mike Schafer ’86 and his players are looking to boost their offensive production this weekend, as the squad will travel to Dartmouth tonight and Harvard tomorrow for a pair of road games.
“We have to start getting some grimy goals,” Schafer said. “We have to start getting guys around the net. … We need to get pucks up to our blue line, get it down on the net, get a lot of traffic and put a lot of pressure on the defending teams to pick up around the crease. We need to try to generate more offense that way.”
On Friday, senior forward Evan Barlow’s overtime goal earned a 2-1 victory for Cornell over Quinnipiac, putting the Red back in the win column after a two-game losing streak. Junior defenseman Brendon Nash assisted on Barlow’s goal and added a score of his own to help his team in the win.
Both of the Red’s goals on Friday came in penalty periods; the Red was 2-of-10 on power play opportunities. According to Barlow, the Red’s ability to take advantage of power plays is integral in winning games.
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After splitting last weekend’s games and dropping one spot in the rankings to No. 4 in the country, the men’s hockey team heads north this weekend to square off against St. Lawrence (12-10-2, 4-6-2 ECAC) and Clarkson (7-13-4, 5-6-1).
The Red (14-2-3, 9-1-2) will be in Canton, N.Y. tonight to take on St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. in Appleton Arena. The Saints have struggled for the most part in ECAC play and are currently ninth in the conference standings. Cornell and St. Lawrence have already met once earlier this season, with the Red registering a 1-0 victory on December 6 at Lynah Rink.
Cornell bounced back from its 4-3 loss Friday night with a resounding 5-1 win over Brown on Saturday. Sophomore forward Joe Devin led the way for the Red, notching two goals, including the game winner. Michael Kennedy, Blake Gallagher and Sean Collins each added a goal and an assist to help Cornell cruise to victory.
Head coach Mike Schafer ’86 and his players were very pleased with the way the team (14-2-3, 9-1-2 ECAC Hockey) responded after Friday’s defeat.
“It was really important mentally to come out the way we did after the way we played [Friday],” Schafer said. “It was just a much better performance. It was a good bounce-back here tonight. We played the way we are capable of.”
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Cornell bounced back from its 4-3 loss Friday night with a resounding 5-1 win over Brown on Saturday. Sophomore forward Joe Devin led the way for the Red as he notched two goals, including the game winner.
Tonight and tomorrow, Lynah Rink will host what could be two of the most crucial home games for the Red this year. Tonight, the Red (2-0-2, 2-0-2 ECACH Hockey) will square off against the visiting Harvard Crimson (4-2-1, 4-2-1) in what will be the 129th meeting in this bitter historic rivalry. Tomorrow, a Dartmouth team (4-2-0, 4-1) that is tied for second in ECAC Hockey will come to Ithaca for a 7 p.m. matchup.
In its home opener, the men’s hockey team did not get off to the start that it had envisioned. Cornell went down 2-0 to the visiting Colgate Raiders, but scored two goals in a span of 24 seconds in the third period to square the game at 2-2, earning one point in the tie.
“We hadn’t been behind in any games yet this year,” said junior goaltender Ben Scrivens. “I thought for the most part we responded well.”
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The 2008 campaign will come to an end this weekend for the men’s soccer team, as the Red travel to New York City to square off against the Columbia Lions tomorrow.
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Both of these teams have struggled throughout much of the year and are currently last and second-to-last respectively in the Ivy League standings.
The Red (1-14, 0-6 Ivy) and the Lions (3-12-1, 1-5) are both coming off of resounding defeats last weekend — Columbia was routed by Harvard, 6-1, and Cornell fell to Dartmouth, 5-2.
The Red players are trying not to dwell on the past, however.
This past summer, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new officiating system for college hockey in which two referees and two linesmen will work each game as part of an effort to rid the game of obstruction.
The new rules will intensify the spotlight on both the penalty killing and power-play units, according to senior co-captain Michael Kennedy, but he believes that his squad is in good position to be successful under the new rules compared to other teams.
While this year’s Red offense will be without some significant elements of last year’s offensive firepower due to the graduation of forwards Topher Scott, Ray Sawada and Chris Fontas, Cornell is returning a multitude of experienced and proven forwards who will be relied on for this year’s goal production.
In fact, the Red’s top-2 scorers from last season, Colin Greening and Riley Nash, are once again headlining the squad’s attack as linemates for the second year.
Knowing that opposing teams will focus much of their attention on trying to stop Greening and himself, Nash believes that the duo will be up to the challenge.