ITHACA, N.Y. – Matt Nuttle, Michael Regush and Morgan Barron all scored in the second period, and the Cornell men's hockey team completed an ECAC Hockey and Ivy League weekend sweep with a 3-2 victory over Brown on Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
After a scoreless first period in which it didn't yield any scoring chances to Brown (0-3-1, 0-2-1 ECAC Hockey, 0-2 Ivy League), Cornell (2-2, 2-0, 2-0) started to cash in chances during the second period to cap what proved to be a weekend of redemption after last weekend's season-opening losses to Michigan State.
"We're now standing on level ground for the first time this year," said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom '77 Head Coach of Men's Hockey. "We had some things we needed to address in practice. So we're tired right now, because we worked real hard to change some habits during the week."
Cornell jumped in front on a goal from senior alternate captain Matt Nuttle. It marked the fourth goal from a Big Red defenseman in its four games so far this year.
Though the Bears tied it on a power-play goal awarded after a video review, the Big Red responded well with Michael Regush's first collegiate strike. Barron tacked on what proved to be the game-winner for a second straight night, preceding the Bears' second goal early in the third.
"It's a much better outcome and definitely a reflection of how we played," Nuttle said. "But we have a whole other level we need to get to, and we'll get back to work on that."
The Big Red's Lineup:
How The Goals Were Scored:
Cornell's 1st Goal
2nd period, 1:10 • Nuttle 1 (Donaldson, Locke) • Cornell 1, Brown 0
• The Big Red broke up the right wing with Donaldson working a give-and-go to create space at the edge of the circle. He lost the puck in his skates momentarily as he drifted over the goal line, but regained possession and circled the net. He fed a pass straight up the middle to find Nuttle crashing, and he roofed a shot over Nieto's glove.
Brown's 1st Goal
2nd period, 3:48 • Harris 1 (Crozier, Stillwell) (pp) • Cornell 1, Brown 1
• Stillwell set up Crozier's shot from the right circle that was deflected, then batted away by Galajda. But Harris was first to it coming in from the bottom of the right circle, and he jammed a rebound that popped over Galajda and was swatted away in mid-air by Betts. But after a video review, officials deemed the puck had already crossed the plane of the goal.
Cornell's 2nd Goal
2nd period, 8:39 • Regush 1 (Vanderlaan 4, Kaldis 2) • Cornell 2, Brown 1
• After the Bears flipped the puck out of their end, Kaldis collected in the Cornell zone and fired an outlet up the other side of the ice to catch Brown scrambling on a line change. Locke touched the puck into Regush's stride, and he drove wide before cutting to the net. With a defender also sliding toward the crease, Regush somehow got the puck under the pile for his first collegiate goal.
Cornell's 3rd Goal
2nd period, 17:21 • Barron 3 (Andreev, Haiskanen) • Cornell 3, Brown 1
• A tenacious forecheck by Andreev's line left Brown spinning its wheels in its own zone, with Mullin and Haiskanen eventually jarring the puck loose for good near the top of the right circle. Andreev quickly whipped a shot toward the far side that Nieto saved, but the rebound went into the slot for Barron to cash in.
Brown's 2nd Goal
3rd period, 3:41 • Beaudoin 1 (Jallen) • Cornell 3, Brown 2
• A harmless two-on-two was broken up by the Cornell defense, but the puck was immediately turned back over. Jallen glided into the left circle before sliding a pass across for Beaudoin to tap into the empty wide side of the net.
• The Big Red turns its attention back to non-league play when it makes its first road trip of the season, heading to Northern Michigan for a pair of games Nov. 9-10.