ITHACA, N.Y. • For the second night in a row, Cornell scored all of its goals on the power play and the seventh-ranked Big Red defeated No. 19 Colorado College 3-2 Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
The Tigers did a good job of getting bodies and pucks to the high-quality scoring area in front of the Cornell goal, but were thwarted by Big Red goaltender Andy Iles or quick sticks from defensemen to clear loose pucks from the front of the crease. Colorado College held a 23-20 advantage in shots on goal. CC goalie Josh Thorimbert made 17 saves.
“It sounds so funny, but I thought we moved pretty well, skated pretty well, we generated a few more shots, had two five-on-five goals and went hard to the net,” Colorado College coach Scott Owens said. “There were lots of parts of the game that I was really happy with.”
Cornell opened the scoring at 8:03 of the first period on a power-play goal by Brian Ferlin on a deflection in front of the net.
Charlie Taft got the Tigers on the board at the 12:39 mark of the first period with the prettiest of the game’s five goals. Hunter Fejes started the play with an excellent cross-ice pass in the defensive zone that sent Taft down the right wing against a Cornell defender. Taft walked right through the Big Red defenseman, controlled the puck and roofed a shot on the short side past Iles to tie the score 1-1.
One night after the Big Red went 2-for-6 with the man advantage, Cornell was 3-for-8 in Saturday’s game. The Tigers did kill off a 64-second span of 5-on-3 advantage in the second period with strong penalty-killing efforts from Alexander Krushelnyski, Eamonn McDermott and Joe Marciano.
“It’s just tough when you’re killing penalties all night,” Owens said. “It kills your momentum and tires out some of your top guys. Three power-play goals against is the end result.”
After the Big Red built a 3-1 lead midway through the third period on the second power-play goal from Joel Lowry, CC responded quickly. Just 35 seconds after Cornell went up by two, Krushelnyski crashed the net and buried a shot on an assist from Scott Winkler. It was Krushelnyski’s second goal of the season and came with 12:09 left in the third period.
A Colorado College penalty while Cornell was pressuring in the offensive zone late in the third period put the Tigers short-handed with 2:21 to play and hampered any late comeback efforts. Thorimbert was pulled for an extra attacker with 47 seconds left to even up the manpower situation and had an extra attacker when the penalty ended, but CC couldn’t muster a shot in the waning moments.
Cornell improved to 2-0, while CC suffered its third straight loss to fall to 3-3. All three Tigers losses have come against nationally ranked opponents. The Tigers will stay on the road next weekend, opening WCHA play with a two-game series at Wisconsin.
“It is a three-game losing streak, that being said I like our team. We knew this would be a tough weekend coming in. It was made more difficult by the penalties, but I think the guys know that they played decently,” Owens said. “It’s a long season and we’ve got to go to Wisconsin next week, so it doesn’t get any easier.”