ITHACA, N.Y. — Beau Starrett scored twice, and the Cornell men's hockey team exploded for a season-high single-game goal total on 52 shots on goal in a 6-1 drubbing of Arizona State on Friday night at Lynah Rink.
Brenden Locke scored on a passing play involving all Big Red skaters on the ice, then Cam Donaldson's team-leading seventh goal doubled the lead in the final minute of a first period in which it produced 26 shots on goal. Morgan Barronassisted on both tallies, giving him six points over a scoring streak that's been pushed to four games.
Cornell (8-5-1) survived some ominous moments late in the second period before a burst of four more goals in the third to start the non-league series with a bang.
"We did what we want to do in a home series. We really came out strong in the first period," said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom '77 Head Coach of Men's Hockey at Cornell. "It's a good solid win for us. We've talked about treating this like a playoff series where we want to come back and be ready to play tomorrow night. I know they'll be ready to play."
Although used to seeing a fair amount of action despite leading the country in victories (16) and shutouts (six), Arizona State (16-8-1) goaltender Joey Daccord was under siege from start to finish. Another tic-tac-toe passing play led to Starrett's first goal with about 15 minutes to play.
Johnny Walker ruined the Big Red's shutout bid on a breakaway a little more than a minute later, pushing his national lead in goals to 19. But Cornell answered right back with a rebound goal by Connor Murphy – his first strike in more than two years – and Starrett's second of the night chased Daccord for the first time this season.
"It's a matter of being gritty," Schafer said. "Big block by Joe Leahy at the end of the game; the gritty goal by Connor Murphy down by the net. Those kinds of things as a team, that's the way we need to play. We weren't perfect in any way, shape or form. Our compete level was good, and we'll need to bring it again."
Reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week Austin McGrath made 24 saves to earn the victory. Over starts in the Big Red's last five games, McGrath is 3-1-1 with a 1.78 goals against average and .936 save percentage.
• The Big Red wraps up the non-league portion of its regular season with a rematch against the Sun Devils at 7 p.m. Saturday.