ITHACA, N.Y. – The men's hockey team scored four times in the first period, then Noah Bauld set up Beau Starrett'sshorthanded goal before scoring one of his own to lead the Big Red to a 7-0 victory over Guelph on Sunday afternoon at Lynah Rink.
Playing its final exhibition before the start of the regular season next weekend, Cornell got three assists from Alex Green and had seven different goal-scorers. The penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6, including 1 minute, 41 seconds of a two-man disadvantage early in the second period. The Big Red had already built a 4-0 lead by that point, then the shorthanded goals blew the game open.
The Big Red got off to a hot start with its first three goals on the rush by Brenden Locke, Cam Donaldson and Michael Regush. Connor Murphy shoveled in a rebound to cap a four-goal first that saw Cornell outshoot Guelph, 16-2.
All three goaltenders were deployed for a period each once again to share the shutout. Austin McGrath made 11 stops in the second period, and Nate McDonald had seven saves in the third. Matthew Galajda earned the win with two stops in the first.
The Big Red's lineup:
How The Goals Were Scored:
Cornell's 1st Goal
1st period, 2:57 • Locke (Brakel, Motley) • Cornell 1, Guelph 0
• Alec McCrea broke pressure on a controlled breakout from behind the net, with the puck bouncing around near the Cornell blue line before Brakel sent a cross-ice pass to Locke speeding up the weak side all alone. With a defender closing off the inside, Locke deked the goaltender down before tucking a forehand inside the near post.
Cornell's 2nd Goal
1st period, 8:01 • Donaldson (Andreev, Green) (pp) • Cornell 2, Guelph 0
• The Big Red came out of its zone on the right side in the waning moments of a power play, and Green sent a pass through the neutral zone to Andreev cutting over the blue line up the middle. He slid a backhand pass to Donaldson near the top of the left circle. On his off wing, he opted to sweep a shot that sailed through Masters' legs.
Cornell's 3rd Goal
1st period, 17:29 • Regush (Mullin, Barron) • Cornell 3, Guelph 0
• After Galajda made a save, the Big Red broke back up ice with Barron skating up the right wing. He pulled up a little after entering the zone, then found Mullin slashing across into the right circle. He shifted to his backhand to thread a pass across to Regush, who beat his defender to the net to tip it in.
Cornell's 4th Goal
1st period, 19:03 • Murphy (Green, Starrett) • Cornell 4, Guelph 0
• Smith took a shot from the right point that was deflected wide of the near post by Regush. Starrett collected at the bottom of the left circle, who had time to turn and find Green gliding into the left circle. His shot was stopped by Masters, but Murphy was free at the top of the crease to flip in the rebound on the backhand.
Cornell's 5th Goal
2nd period, 11:06 • Starrett (Bauld) (sh) • Cornell 5, Guelph 0
• Bauld whacked the puck away from a Guelph defenseman just outside the Cornell blue line, then sent Starrett up the middle to create a two-on-one break. Starrett decided to shoot from the middle of the ice, blazing a shot over Masters' glove.
Cornell's 6th Goal
2nd period, 12:30 • Bauld (sh) • Cornell 6, Guelph 0
• At the tail end of a Gryphons power play, Bauld collected the puck in left circle in his own zone. With his teammates changing behind the play, he opted to challenge a pair of defenders and managed to split them at the top of the slot, with the puck bouncing forward off a stick. He muscled his way through, then made a nifty move to his forehand to slide the puck in along the ice.
Cornell's 7th Goal
3rd period, 10:49 • Mullin (Green, Murphy) • Cornell 7, Guelph 0
• As a Cornell power play came to an end, Green fed Mullin in the neutral zone as the Big Red made a line change. He fended off a defender as he cut across the middle and entered the zone on the left wing, then took the outside space to the bottom of the circle before ripping a shot over Masters' right shoulder.
• Cornell opens the regular season with a pair of non-league games against Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lynah Rink before wrapping up the home stand with the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League openers against Yale (Nov. 2) and Brown (Nov. 3).