Sunday, December 01, 2019

Cornell tops BU in RHH #7

#2 ranked Cornell rode a pair of second-period goals—20 seconds apart—to a 2-0 shutout win over BU in the seventh edition of Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden. With the win in front of more than 15,000 fans, the Big Red retain the Kelley-Harkness Trophy, bringing to tournament series record to 3-2-2 in favor BU.

Following an evenly-played, scoreless first period, Cornell broke the ice at 7:39 when Michael Regush banged home a rebound from the bottom of the right circle after Sam Tucker made the initial save on Yanni Kaldis’ shot.

The celebrating by Cornell fans hadn’t died down, when the Big Red struck again. With Cornell controlling the puck behind the BU net, Ben Berard passed to Brendan Locke in the left circle for a quick snap-shot past Tucker.

In the third period, the Terriers were limited to six shots, but forced Cornell goalie Matthew Galaja to make some big saves.

“We just had a little bit of a mental lapse and lacked physicality in two situations,” said Coach Albie O’Connell.

O’Connell found reasons to be encouraged by his team’s effort against the undefeated Big Red, who are #1 in the Pairwise rankings. “We’re not that far off,” O’Connell explained.

He added, "We have to take the goalie's eyes away and bang in a couple dirty goals. We have all kinds of skill. We gotta finish off plays. A goalie is gonna make saves. It's a fine line between winning and losing. We finish off a couple of those plays in the first period and second period, it's different. Then we were chasing and pressing at the end."

Galaja stopped 28 BU shots including a breakaway by graduate transfer Alex Brink. In a strong effort, Tucker turned aside 26 shots.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Boston Hockey Blog recap; 3 Takeways; Top 5 Moments
● College Hockey News recap

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Brian Carrabes scored his seventh goal in Sioux Falls’ 3-2 overtime loss to Dubuque. Fellow recruit Braden Doyle had an assist for the Fighting Saints.

2020 recruit Jay O’Brien assisted on a pair of goals in Penticton’s 5-0 win over Merritt, bringing his assist total to 30 in 22 games. He’s second in BCHL scoring with 45 points

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