Three unanswered goals propels Cornell past Union in Game 3

Three unanswered goals propels Cornell past Union in Game 3

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell men's hockey team scored three unanswered goals to defeat Union, 4-2, on Sunday in the third and deciding game of the ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinal series at Lynah Rink. Sophomore forward Tristan Mullin and junior forward Jeff Malott scored 42 seconds apart in the third period to put the Big Red ahead for good, and send the team to a berth in the league's championship weekend in Lake Placid for a third straight year.

With the victory, Cornell (19-9-4) will be the top seed of the four remaining teams in the hunt for a league championship. The Big Red will take on Brown in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. Friday at Herb Brooks Arena.

The Big Red got off to a great immediate start — though it quickly turned into to kind of start that could have doomed the season. A goal by sophomore forward Kyle Betts just 57 seconds in was quickly countered by goals by Anthony Rinaldi and Sean Harrison to give Union a 2-1 lead inside an eventful first six minutes.

Cornell slowly clawed back into the game, equalizing on Beau Starrett's goal in the second. Mullin then scored on the tail end up a five-minute major power play 3 minutes into the third period, then Malott's seeing-eye shot through traffic quickly followed to give the Big Red a 4-2 lead.