No. 12 Cornell males’s hockey (2-0-0, 0-0 ECAC) accomplished its weekend sweep of the No. 11 College of Minnesota Duluth (3-2-2, 0-0 NCHC) on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lynah Rink with a 3-0 shutout win. Junior goaltender Ian Shane and Cornell defensemen had been integral in protecting the Bulldogs from discovering the again of the online, with the staff combining for a complete of 20 blocked pictures in comparison with Duluth’s complete of three.
Incomes its first lack of the season by the hands of the Purple on Friday, the Bulldogs got here out with one thing to show, controlling the puck proper off the preliminary faceoff and enjoying predominantly within the Purple defensive zone. Each groups alternated management, enjoying with the next stage of physicality.
“We knew that they had been gonna have a giant push popping out, I assumed we simply obtained off to a bit of little bit of a gradual begin, didn’t do the issues we did final night time [right away],” mentioned head coach Mike Schafer ’86.
Slightly below midway via the primary, Duluth had a chance to open the scoring as senior ahead Gabriel Seger was referred to as for goaltender interference, giving the Bulldogs the person benefit. Ranked second within the nation with a 0.429 energy play conversion price, Duluth didn’t make it straightforward for the Purple to kill off the penalty. Junior goaltender Ian Shane and penalty killers stood sturdy, blocking the flurry of shot makes an attempt by the Bulldogs, protecting them off the scoreboard as time ran out on the Seger penalty. Junior ahead Kyle Penney had a terrific shorthanded probability that was simply deflected to the best.
Cornell had an opportunity on the facility play when Duluth’s Jack Smith went to the field for interference. Nonetheless, the Purple had only a few probabilities and was unable to transform.
Regardless of the bodily play and puck possession of each groups, pictures on objective had been restricted, with the primary interval concluding with Cornell outshooting the Bulldogs, 3-1.
The second interval noticed an offensive surge by each groups, however particularly for Duluth with 4 shot makes an attempt at first 4 minutes. Unable to search out the again of the online, possession alternated forwards and backwards, and it was the Purple who struck first.
A slick cross from sophomore ahead Dalton Bancroft discovered Penney proper within the crease, who tipped it proper previous Duluth goaltender Matthew Thiessen to offer Cornell the 1-0 lead.
Slightly below two minutes later, Seger put one previous Thiessen to double the Purple’s tally. With back-to-back objectives, momentum favored the Purple who maintained possession and continued to maintain the puck within the Bulldogs’ defensive zone.
Frustrations grew to become evident for the Bulldogs, who in desperation to get on the board, took a shot after successful the faceoff within the Cornell defensive zone, solely to have it coated up by Shane. A scrum shortly ensued within the crease and Duluth’s Quinn Olson went to the field on a cross-checking name, giving the Purple an opportunity to additional cement its lead on the facility play.
On the man-advantage, Seger discovered the again of the online for his second of the night time, giving Cornell a commanding 3-0 lead.
Duluth had one other probability to show its ability on the facility play after freshman defenseman Hoyt Stanley went to the field on an interference name. Nonetheless, they had been as soon as once more unable to transform as Shane stood sturdy, with three back-to-back pad saves to maintain the Bulldogs’ off the scoreboard.
“The powerplay and particular groups rose to the event this weekend,” Schafer mentioned. “We solely gave up one energy play objective this weekend and the facility play obtained it completed on [Friday] night time and [had] a giant objective to make it 3-0.”
The ultimate two minutes of the second body discovered the Bulldogs’ in desperation mode as soon as once more, dominating offensive zone time forcing Cornell defensemen to get down and make some essential blocks as time winded down. The second interval concluded with an excellent 10 pictures on objective by every staff.
Each groups got here out of the gate for the ultimate interval sturdy, going forwards and backwards offensively. Every staff had some beauty, forcing Thiessen and Shane to make essential saves, together with a terrific shot by freshman ahead Luke Devlin on a breakaway that was deflected simply large.
Seger, with an opportunity for a hat-trick, had a pleasant alternative to tack on to the Cornell lead, nevertheless it was simply stopped by Thiessen. One other scrum ensued, with Seger and Duluth’s Owen Gallatin ending up within the field for cross-checking and roughing calls, respectively, permitting for 2 minutes of four-on-four play.
Simply after time expired on each penalties, Cornell headed to the facility play after Duluth’s Joey Pierce was referred to as for holding. Regardless of some beauty, the Purple was unable to money in on the man-advantage.
With just below three minutes remaining, Bancroft was assessed a significant penalty after an interference name which resulted in a recreation misconduct for the ahead.
On the facility play for the rest of the sport, the Bulldogs’ opted to tug its goalie for an additional attacker, giving Duluth the six-on-four benefit for the remainder of the night time. Shane and the remainder of the penalty killers stood sturdy till time ran out, securing the shutout victory.
“We had 18 blocked pictures earlier than we entered the third interval,” Schafer mentioned. “The fellows are doing an amazing job of simply sticking with it within the third and even on the six-on-four, it will get in different staff’s heads when guys get down and block pictures like that …if you happen to’re gonna achieve success, you gotta have that form of effort.”
It was the ninth-career shutout of Shane’s collegiate profession.
“I assumed Ian did a very good job controlling rebounds, leaping on them and so it was [overall] a very good staff effort.”