Iles Backbones Cornell in Win Over Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior goaltender Andy Iles made 44 saves, and the men's hockey pulled out a 3-1 victory over Colgate on Friday night at Starr Rink despite surrendering more than three times as many shots on goal as its opponent.­­
 
Sophomore forward Joel Lowry assisted on the first goal just 41 seconds into the game, then slid the puck into an empty net late in the third period for his third goal of the season to clinch the Big Red's ECAC Hockey opener. Cornell (3-0, 1-0 ECAC Hockey) entered the weekend ranked fifth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and sixth in the USCHO.com poll.
 
The Big Red was drastically outshot in the opening period, 24-4, but it came out of the frame with an improbable 1-0 lead. At end of first shift of the game, junior forward Dustin Mowrey scored his first of the year on a three-on-three rush.
 
Freshman defenseman Reece Willcox started the play up ice with a pass that deflected off Lowry's stick to senior forward Erik Axell gaining the zone. As he drifted toward the left wing, he slipped a pass back to Mowrey in the middle, and he fired a shot through traffic and over the glove of Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik.
 
Iles took care of the rest in spectacular fashion, foiling all 24 shots fired his way. It broke his previous career-high for saves in a period (19) and came just four shy of the program record, set by John Detwiler on Feb. 14, 1959 in a game at Dartmouth.
 
Colgate finally broke through in the second period on its third consecutive power play. Thomas Larkin knifed down a clearing attempt at the right point, then stepped into a shot that was tipped in by Darcy Murphy at the 6:54 mark.
 
Cornell stormed right back in front just 66 seconds later on senior forward Greg Miller's first goal of the year. Like the team's first strike, this goal came on the rush. Freshman defenseman Gavin Stoick, making his collegiate debut, came up the middle of the ice before dishing off to sophomore forward Brian Ferlin on the right wing. Ferlin moved in before dishing off to Miller in the middle, with his shot beating Mihalik high over the blocker.
 
Iles was called upon least in the third period, but that's exactly when two of his finest saves came with the Big Red nursing a one-goal lead. In the seventh minute of the frame, Iles made nearly identical cross-crease stretches to deny offerings from Mike Borkowski and Kurtis Bartliff. Senior forward Vince Mihalek then set up Lowry for the empty-net exclamation point.
 
Cornell and Colgate (4-4, 0-1 ECAC Hockey) will tangle again Saturday night in a rematch at Lynah Rink. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.