Cornell Routs Laurentian in Exhibition Game

Cornell Routs Laurentian in Exhibition Game

ITHACA, N.Y. – The men's hockey team turned in a special teams clinic in its exhibition opener on Saturday, scoring five power-play goals while going a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in a dominating 6-1 victory over Laurentian at Lynah Rink.
 
Cornell had six different goal-scorers, with Morgan Barronand Alex Green each providing a goal and an assist. The sophomores accounted for both of the Big Red's first-period goals to negate Laurentian's lone strike in the third minute of play. Cornell then had nine power plays over the final 40 minutes, leading to the rest of the night's offense.
 
Beau Starrett struck on a two-man advantage for the Big Red's third goal, then Tristan Mullin picked his spot on an open shot to make the score 4-1. Freshman forwards Zach Bramwell and Chase Brakel closed out the scoring off primary assists from classmate Michael Regush and Liam Motley, respectively. All five of Cornell's freshman forwards had points on the night.
 
Cornell held a commanding 54-16 advantage in shots on goal, with Laurentian's Brayden Lachance soaking up 48 saves. Each one of the Big Red's three goaltenders stood guard for one period, with Austin McGrathearning the victory with three saves in the first. Matthew Galajda had five stops in the second, and Nate McDonald made seven saves in the third.
 
The Big Red's lineup:
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How The Goals Were Scored:
Laurentian's 1st Goal
1st period, 2:51  •  Couture (Gignac, Gagnon)  •  Laurentian 1, Cornell 0   
• A failed Cornell offenisve zone entry was quickly turned back the other way by Gagnon to set up a three-on-two with backside pressure. Gignac gained the Cornell zone on the right side and dropped to Couture. His shot from the top of the right circle went through traffic and in.
 
Cornell's 1st Goal
1st period, 6:07  •  Barron (Green, Regush)  •  Cornell 1, Laurentian 1
• Barron took a shot from above the left circle that was deflected on goal by Regush, who then took the rebound with him around the net and up the half wall. Green came down to advance the puck back down the wall, and Barron gathered behind the net and wrapped it around the other side, sending the puck caroming over the line off the goaltender's skate.
 
Cornell's 2nd Goal
1st period, 9:09  •  Green (McCrea, Andreev) (pp)  •  Cornell 2, Laurentian 1   
• Andreev had a shot from the right circle blocked, and the puck found its way to McCrea at the center point. With Laurentian's forwards collapsed on Noah Bauld in the high slot, McCrea slid a pass to Green in the top of the left circle for a bullet just inside the near post.
 
Cornell's 3rd Goal
2nd period, 6:55  •  Starrett (Morgan, Galajda) (pp)  •  Cornell 3, Laurentian 1   
• Working on a two-man advantage, Galajda collected behind the Cornell net and Barron meandered back up ice. As he approached the blue line alongside Starrett, a Laurentian defender lost his stick. He opted to retrieve it, which left tons of space for Starrett to take Barron's pass, skate into the slot and rip a shot past Lachance's blocker.
 
Cornell's 4th Goal
2nd period, 12:09  •  Mullin (Kaldis, Vanderlaan) (pp)  •  Cornell 4, Laurentian 1   
• After a faceoff win on the left wing to start a power play, Vanderlaan and Kaldis worked the puck around the perimeter to set up Mullin's open shot from the top-inside part of the right circle, which was placed perfectly past Lachance's blocker.
 
Cornell's 5th Goal
3rd period, 11:39  •  Bramwell (Regush, Kaldis) (pp)  •  Cornell 5, Laurentian 1   
• On a major power play, Vanderlaan backhanded a pass from the right point to Kaldis on the half wall, who sent Regush into the circle. As the defense converged on the puck, Regush sent a pass toward the far post that Bramwell deflected in from the top of the crease.
 
Cornell's 6th Goal
3rd period, 12:59  •  Brakel (Motley, Haiskanen) (pp)  •  Cornell 6, Laurentian 1
• Attacking on the rush up the left wing, Motley found Brakel past his defender in the slot. His shot sailed over Lachance's glove.
 
Up Next:
• Cornell continues its preparation for the regular season with the Red/White game at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the team's final exhibition against Guelph at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.