No. 4/4 Cornell Extends Unbeaten Streak With Win at Brown

No. 4/4 Cornell Extends Unbeaten Streak With Win at Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior forwards Anthony Angello and Mitch Vanderlaan each had a goal and an assist, and the Cornell men's hockey team pushed its unbeaten streak to six games on Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over Brown at Meehan Auditorium.
 
With the victory, Cornell (14-2-1, 8-1-1, 5-0-1) extends its lead in the Ivy League standings to three points and it takes solo possession of second place in the ECAC Hockey. The Big Red entered the weekend ranked fourth in the country in both major polls.
 
Cornell pressured off the get-go, with Vanderlaan hitting the crossbar just 12 seconds into the game. Brown goalie Luke Kania kicked away freshman forward Kyle Betts' shot on a two-on-one in the game's fourth minute, then Kania blockered away senior forward Alex Rauter's wrister off a three-on-two about 30 seconds later. It took nearly 17 minutes before the Big Red broke through on Vanderlaan's fourth goal of the season.
 
Still, Brown (5-10-3, 4-8, 2-4) responded with Max Gottlieb's transition goal just 34 seconds before the intermission to tie the score. One night after having the decided edge in play against Yale only to settle for a tie, Cornell didn't leave this game to chance – taking over in the second period. Freshman Alex Green's point shot hit Angello in the skate and went in to give the Big Red its lead back.
 
Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda made 18 saves to earn the victory, perhaps none bigger than a stop on Tim Lappin's mini-breakaway off a defensive turnover just 29 seconds into the third. Cornell eventually got an insurance goal from junior Matt Nuttle with 12 minutes left, giving him points in four straight games. Vanderlaan led the Big Red on the three-point weekend with four points on a goal and three assists.
 
The Big Red's lineup:
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How The Goals Were Scored:
Cornell's 1st Goal
1st period, 16:36  •  Vanderlaan 4 (Angello, McCrea)  •  Cornell 1, Brown 0   
• After the defensive-zone turnover by the Big Red, the Bears tried to force the puck to the net from the right wing behind the net. McCrea got a stick to the pass and vaulted the puck in the air up the middle. Angello swooped in from the opposite side and raced away between the two retreating Bears defensemen all the way into the offensive zone. A late stick check broke up the play, but the puck came into the slot and – with both Brown defensemen attending to Angello – Vanderlaan was free to bang in the rebound under Kania's right arm.
 
Brown's 1st Goal
1st period, 19:26  •  Gottlieb 1 (Lafferty)  •  Cornell 1, Brown 1   
• The Bears came up ice with two players on the right wing. The Big Red had four players back, but a cross-ice pass found Gottlieb joining the play late and with a large gap in front of his defender. He stepped into a shot from the top of the left circle that zipped under the crossbar to Galajda's stick side.
 
Cornell's 2nd Goal
2nd period, 4:43  •  Angello 6 (Green, Locke)  •  Cornell 2, Brown 1
• The Big Red worked the puck up the right wing, and Vanderlaan's pass to Locke slashing through the middle set up a two-on-one. With defenders retreating and the odd-man opportunity evaporating, Locke patiently pulled up at the top of the right circle and waited for reinforcements. With the recovering defense sagging, he set up Green for an open shot from the center point. No one picked up Angello on top of the crease, and the puck caromed off his skate past Kania and in.
 
Cornell's 3rd Goal
3rd period, 8:00  •  Nuttle 2 (Vanderlaan, Bauld)  •  Cornell 3, Brown 1
• Bauld made a pass from along the left half wall across the ice to Vanderlaan at the top of the right circle. His shot hit traffic in front and set off a mad scramble at the top of the crease. Nuttle had driven down the middle and amidst three defenders and the scrambling Kania, got two whacks at it to put the puck in for a valuable insurance goal.
  
Up Next:
• Cornell returns to Central New York for a home-and-home series against Colgate, starting with a 7 p.m. Friday game at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. The teams then face off in a rematch at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hamilton, before the Big Red heads off on another Ivy League road trip to Harvard on Friday, Jan. 26 and Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 27.