ITHACA, NY -- A long night in Ithaca, NY put an end to Clarkson University's hopes this weekend of moving into ECAC Hockey's top spot as the Golden Knights were shut out 5-0 by Cornell in a matchup between two of the Top 10 teams in the country at Lynah Rink.
Clarkson falls to 18-9 overall and to 9-6 in ECAC Hockey. With seven games reaming in the regular season, the Green and Gold are in fifth place in the conference standings, one point out of a top four position. The Knights will look to rebound from their worse loss of the season when they play Colgate on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Hamilton, NY.
Cornell (14-6-2, 10-3-2) outshot Clarkson 26-17. The Knights went 0-of-2 on the power play, while the Big Red went 2-of-3 with the man-advantage.
For the third consecutive game, Clarkson gave up the opening score. Off a three-on-three rush through center, Cornell's Joe Leahy was able to get the puck to the net and Brendan Locke knocked home the rebound at 8:17 of the first. After video review, the goal stood as good and the first-place Big Red were on their way.
Later in the opening stanza, Jeff Malott deflected home a shot from the right circle over the glove shoulder of junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) for a power-play marker at 17:12.
The middle frame was not any better for the Green and Gold as Cornell added two more scores for a 4-0 advantage through 40 minutes. Matt Nuttle took a feed from Leahy and put a wrist shot back against Kielly and into the open side of the net 63 seconds into the period. The Big Red connected on another power play when Michael Regush intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, skated in alone and slipped in a backhand shot at 18:04.
After a collision with Morgan Barron late in the period, Kielly was lifted for sophomore Nicholas Latinovich (Maple, ONT) to start the third stanza.
The game never got any better for Clarkson as Malott scored his second of the night at 14:47 on a four-on-four situation.
The 5-0 loss was the second straight scoreless affair for Clarkson against Cornell dating back to February 9, 2018 at Cheel a 0-0 tie.
Matthew Galajda made 17 saves for the Cornell shutout.
Kielly made 14 saves on 18 shots. Latinovich turned aside seven of eight Big Red shots.