Union falls to Cornell in Game 3

Union falls to Cornell in Game 3

ITHACA, N.Y. – Despite a strong battle against the No. 10 team in the country, Union dropped a 4-2 decision to Cornell in game three of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals on Sunday night at Lynah Rink.
 
The loss ends the Dutchmen's season, as they finished with a 20-13-6 record. With the game-three win, Cornell advances to the ECAC Hockey semifinals where the Big Red will face Brown in Lake Placid.

Summary
  • Anthony Rinaldi and Sean Harrison scored back-to-back goals for the Dutchmen to put Union up 2-1 in the first period.
  • Cornell scored three unanswered goals after the first period, including one on the power play.
  • Union was given four penalties in the third period, and went 5-for-6 on the PK in the contest.
  • Darion Hanson made 30 saves in net for the Dutchmen, while Matthew Galajda had 27 for Cornell.
 

How It Happened
Just like in game two, Cornell came out to get an early lead. The Big Red's Kyle Betts scored just 57 seconds in for the 1-0 lead. However, unlike the night before, Union responded and took its first lead since Friday night with goals from Anthony Rinaldi and Sean Harrison. Rinaldi scored off a rebound from a Brett Supinski shot, while Harrison back-handed in a gorgeous shot over the left shoulder of Cornell netminder Matthew Galajda.
 
Union out-shot Cornell 13-11 in the first period, nearly matching their entire shot total from game two.
 
In the second period, Cornell began to push back and eventually tied the game up with a controversial goal from Beau Starrett at the 8:29 mark. Both sides would record 10 shots on net in the period.
 
Cornell then had three minutes of a major power play left to start the third period. The Big Red then scored the first power-play goal of the weekend with just six seconds left on the advantage to take the 3-2 lead. Cornell's Jeff Malott then added a fourth goal just 42 seconds later to put the Big Red up by two.
 
Union continued to fight back in the period, but was unable to get anything past Galajda as Cornell would go on to secure the 4-2 victory and advance to Lake Placid for the ECAC Hockey semifinals.