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Cornell Hockey Association – March 28, 2020

Meetings of the Cornell Hockey Association Executive Board are cancelled until further notice. We hope that everyone is keeping their distance, taking care of themselves and others, staying healthy or getting well as the case may be. I’ve updated our webpage with some additional hockey news items from both Men’s and Women’s Hockey. You will be particularly interested in Brandon Thomas’ latest post on Morgan Barron.

Sunday noon, March 29th is the final day to vote for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award … cast your vote for Morgan Barron here

Photos added this week include a collection of “Helmet Art”. These include the color photo and a “coloring book” rendition. Here is an example.
Follow this link to the Helmet Art gallery.

Here is an email message from Cornell’s President Martha Pollack with updates on University events.
Message from President Pollack on Cornell Reunion Changes

Coach’s Corner

… Read Coach Schafer’s most recent game notes and comments here

Cornell Hockey news:

Extras for the Lynah Faithful

  • Test your recollection of Cornell players. Visit a gallery of hockey team picnic photos. How many do you recognize?
  • Read, Off-the-Crossbar, a weekly column by Brandon Thomas providing readers with great insight into the current Men’s Hockey Program along with a good dose of “hockey history” to keep it all in perspective … read more here
  • Over the Goal Line, A Cornell Women’s Hockey Podcast produced by WIH forward, Finley Frechette ’21, and Christopher Morales ’20 (WVBR-FM) … This podcast is for everyone, including casual hockey fans, passionate supporters of Cornell Women’s Ice Hockey, and prospective students and recruits wanting to learn more about the program … read and listen more here
  • Cornell Hockey Association scarves … available now … $20 includes shipping … contact Sue Detzer

CHA Board Meetings

  • Meetings are Wednesday at 7 PM in the Harkness Room, Lynah Rink unless otherwise posted.
  • Any member of the CHA can attend a board meeting! Have a suggestion? Come to a meeting!
  • Next meeting … stay tuned, stay safe, stay well.

Feel free to pass along these links to any and all fans and friends of Cornell Hockey

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Cornell Hockey Teams ranked #1 in Final USCHO polls

3/23/2020 12:29:00 PM

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men’s and women’s hockey teams have been named the #1 teams in the season-ending USCHO Division I Hockey Polls.

Men’s team finishes #1, read more here
Women’s team finishes #1, read more here

Morgan Barron – Vote for Hobey Baker Award

Morgan Barron is one of ten candidates for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. You can vote for Morgan here. Click/tap on his photo, scroll to the bottom of the page, add your name and SUBMIT.

Read the Hobey Baker story here.

Coach Schafer’s Notes for 3/13/2020

To our Lynah Faithful and Alumni and Friends

Hello Everyone,
This past week has been stressful and emotional for everyone, and with the NCAA announcement to cancel the post-season tournament, our hockey team is not excluded. Yesterday, it was very difficult to speak to our team and watch young men cry as their chance of achieving their dreams disappeared. In my 34 years of coaching, nothing has been more painful than yesterday’s meeting. In sports, the season starts with an unknown. Everyone invests with all their heart and soul, without knowing what the end result will be. That result can hurt, due to the disappointing fact that there are so many uncontrollable factors in every season’s journey. Despite this, our team is all about pursuing this emotionally taxing journey. This is what brings the excitement and passion to hockey and all sports. During the season, a player doesn’t know if he is going to get in the line-up, be a top scorer, or be on the best ranked team in the nation. One thing that is important to our program is its culture. Our culture is to pursue that unknown together, as a team. We work extremely hard to pursue our goals. We don’t worry about how our play is judged by others, based on wins and losses. Our players judge themselves upon how hard they prepared, and how hard they played. Even when a setback hits our program, we understand that the only option is to stick together as a team and get back to work, without fear of the unknown to begin another journey.

To our Lynah faithful, alumni, and every fan who cheered for the Big Red – I am so glad you had the opportunity to watch these young men play hockey this year. They are a special group that truly committed to getting better each day and were never worried about how people judged them. They worked to pursue a dream, without fear of failure. This team is a very close group who are selfless, played with pride for each other, and were proud to wear Cornell University’s colors in front of the best fan base in the country made up of all of you. Working for many years with many different teams, you start to get a sense of which teams are destined to accomplish great things. This was one of those teams. They accomplished an Ivy League Championship, ECAC regular season Championship, a fourth consecutive NCAA bid, and a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. We were feeling really good about entering the tournament healthy and playing with a passion and a hunger to win both the ECAC and the National Championship. Despite not having this opportunity, I am very proud of what our program accomplished this season and of the season as a whole.

I feel very fortunate and privileged to coach these young men. I am very proud of my team, our staff and to be coaching at Cornell University. Thank you so much for being a part of our team’s success this year and LET’S GO RED!

Mike Schafer

NCAA Cancels Remaining Winter and Spring Championships

3/12/2020 4:23:00 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Thus ends the season for the Cornell men’s and women’s hockey teams with both finishing #1 in the nation. What a sad asterisk for the record books! Our heartfelt thanks to these student-athletes whose performance on and off the ice motivate us all and encourage younger players to emulate their heroes. The Lynah Faithful salute you and share your disappointment. We will see you again around the rinks!

Reseeding Sends #1 Men’s Hockey Through to ECAC Hockey Semifinals

3/11/2020 9:00:00 PM

ITHACA, N.Y. – ECAC Hockey announced Wednesday night that the Cornell men’s hockey team will now receive a bye through the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Hockey Championships and advance to the semifinal round at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in Lake Placid. Four Cornell players are named finalists for ECAC yearly awards.

The league announced today changes to this weekend’s quarterfinals pairings after Harvard and Yale withdrew from post-season competition in light of their universities’ precautions regarding the mitigation of the coronavirus pandemic. The withdrawel of Harvard and Yale from competition re-seeds the ECAC quarterfinals. With six teams remaining, the top two seeds – Cornell and Clarkson – receive a bye into the semifinals. The second semifinal pairing will be decided by a quarterfinal series this weekend between [3] Quinnipiac and [11] Princeton and [4] Rensselaer and [8] Colgate.

As the top seed, Cornell draws the lowest-remaining seed after the quarterfinals. It marks the fourth consecutive season and the 12th time in the last 16 seasons that the Big Red has advanced to the ECAC Hockey Championship weekend.

More ECAC News:

Mitchell Named Finalist For ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year

Malott Among Finalists For ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward Honor

Men’s Hockey’s Green Named Finalist For Annual Defensive Award

Bauld Named Finalist For ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year


#1 Women’s Ice Hockey Set to Host Mercyhurst for NCAA First Round

3/8/2020 9:14 PM

ITHACA, N.Y. – The #1 Cornell women’s ice hockey team will host the Mercyhurst Lakers for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game, which will take place at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y., is scheduled for a 2 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, March 14. Purchase tickets here.

The full bracket can be viewed here.

Cornell finished as ECAC Hockey regular-season champions with a league mark of 19-0-3 for their first undefeated regular-season in league play. After defeating Harvard, 4-0, in the semifinals, the Big Red advanced to the ECAC Hockey title game for the 9th time in the last 11 years, but lost to Princeton in overtime, 3-2.

Should the Big Red defeat the Mercyhurst Lakers, Cornell would face the winner of the NCAA quarterfinal between Minnesota and Ohio State in a semifinal match-up in Boston on March 20 (Friday). The Championship game is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 4:30 PM. The Women’s Frozen Four venue is Agganis Arena, Boston MA. Tickets can be purchased here.

This marks the eighth time in program history that Cornell has reached the NCAA Tournament. Cornell earned bids in 2019, 2017 and from 2010-14.

Coach Schafer’s Notes for 3/3/2020

@CORNELL 5, St. Lawrence 0 | @CORNELL 5, Clarkson 1

As I said last week, four-point weekends are great fun and extremely productive. So, its a great weekend for our players when we finish the regular season on a nine-game win streak (23-2-4, 18-2-2 ECAC), which is the longest in Division I hockey. On Friday night, we took care of business over a scrappy St. Lawrence team. With the victory and Clarkson tying at Colgate, we clinched the Cleary Cup for a third straight year; a first in program history. The players were extremely happy in the locker room but you still had that feeling that they knew they weren’t finished!

We scored first against the Saints, just 1:49 into the game. Sophomore forward Max Andreev took freshman forward Jack Malone’s feed and had a point-blank shot that was initially saved but the rebound jumped in off Max’s skate. The visitors battled back for the rest of the period with the shots-on-goal even at 7-all.

We took control in the second period. Sophomore forward Michael Regush scored his 10th goal of the year on a wraparound at 5:35, becoming just the fifth player at Cornell to score double-digit goals in both his freshman and sophomore seasons since the turn of the century. (I guess I didn’t play in this century!) Just 88 seconds later, sophomore defenseman Joe Leahy made the score 3-0 with a shot from the point. St. Lawrence had a couple of excellent scoring chances in the second period but junior goaltender Matthew Galajda was stellar in the goal.

In the third period, we scored a pair of power-play goals. At 8:13, freshman defenseman Sam Malinski tallied his fifth goal of the season and with 1:37 remaining, freshman forward Matt Stienburg, last week’s ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, converted a rebound for his fifth goal to round out the scoring. Neither Matt nor Joe get much time on the power play but this night they did an excellent job executing what we practice.

Galajda made 19 saves for his third consecutive shutout and is now tied with Ben Scrivens ’10 for career shutouts with 19. Matt’s shutout streak is now 197 minutes, 21 seconds since February 15th, when he allowed a goal during the third period at Rensselaer. The St. Lawrence goaltender made 26 saves. We were 2-for-5 on the power play and the Saints were 0-for-2.

With a Colgate/Clarkson tie on Friday night that secured the Cleary Cup, you would think the Saturday night contest would not be as important but the team still considered it a big game. They came out hard, played with intensity, and started playing “playoff hockey” before a sold out Lynah Rink on Senior Night.

Clarkson scored first with a power-play goal at 5:25 of the opening period, ending Matty’s shutout streak at 202:50, which is the second-longest of his collegiate career and the sixth-longest in program history. It was the Golden Knights last score as we ran off five consecutive goals.

The first period was played at a ferocious pace and was enjoyed by the packed house. Still in the first period, we took the lead for good with a pair of power-play goals at 8:39 and 14:44. The first score came off the stick of freshman forward Ben Berard who went on to enjoy a career night with a hat trick, our second of the year. Ben didn’t play on Friday night because we thought he wasn’t working hard enough and we took him out of the lineup. He responded exactly how you would want a good player to respond! He worked hard, he was around the net, he created good scoring chances. The second power-play goal of the period was scored by junior forward Tristan Mullin who leads the team with seven power-play goals. We closed out the month of February with 21 first-period goals over nine games … by far the most in the country.

After a scoreless second period with plenty of shooting (we led 14-10 on shots-on-goal), Berard scored at 8:05 of the third period, converting a rebound of a shot by junior defenseman Cody Haiskanen to make it 3-1. Regush gave us a 4-1 margin with 3:59 remaining.

A major penalty put us on the power play for the last 2:57 of the game. We took advantage of this opportunity to use some players who normally wouldn’t see any ice time in this type of situation. We did leave Ben on the ice with the chance of getting his hat trick. We put him right in front of the Clarkson goal, and it worked. Freshman defenseman Travis Mitchell send a perfect goal-mouth pass to Ben and he did the rest for a 5-1 victory. The score ended up looking one-sided but it was a hard competitive game.

Galajda made 25 saves, including 10 in the second period, while the Clarkson net-minder stopped 31 shots. We were 3-for-7 on the power play and they were 1-for-5.

The power play against Clarkson showed a lot of poise and we didn’t rush things. They waited and we were more patient on the extra man, which we didn’t do very well on the power play on Friday night. We came out on Saturday with our heads up and just moved pucks and found lanes that were going to open things up. And that’s hard against Clarkson. They’re a really good penalty-killing hockey team.

By winning the regular season title, we get a bye for the first round of the playoffs. Now the real fun begins! ECAC quarterfinals will be played right here at Lynah Rink in a best-of-three series on March 13-15. Buy your tickets early because the Lynah Faithful will be in full force.

Mike Schafer

Ryan Bliss makes smooth transition to coaching role at UMass

Staff Writer
Published: 2/24/2020 8:19:45 PM

AMHERST — Ryan Bliss came to UMass with the faint of hope of maybe salvaging his playing career.

The defenseman arrived in Amherst last January as a graduate transfer praying his body would rehabilitate and hold up for one last go-around in college hockey. Unfortunately, the back injury he suffered at Cornell after his sophomore year would end up ending his career, but not his involvement in hockey. Bliss stayed at UMass this season as a volunteer assistant coach, a position he had basically been preparing for while rehabbing his injury … read more here

Postseason Hockey Ticket Information Released

ITHACA, N.Y. — Boasting the #1 Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams in the national polls, tickets for a variety of late-season and post-season games at Lynah Rink are either on sale now or will be shortly.

The #1-ranked Cornell Women’s Hockey team will enter the ECAC Hockey Championship playoffs as the top overall seed after navigating the 22-game ECAC schedule without a loss for the first time in program history. The Big Red will host a best-of-three quarterfinal series against eighth-seeded St. Lawrence this weekend [February 28/29], with games at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday afternoons. Tickets for those games are on sale now here. If necessary, Game 3 would be played 3 p.m. Sunday – and tickets for that game would go on sale immediately after the completion of Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, the #1 ranked Big Red Men’s team will be looking to wrap up their third straight Cleary Cup this weekend during the final games of the ECAC Hockey regular-season. Cornell hosts St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. Friday and (#7) Clarkson at 7 p.m. on Saturday/Senior Night. Tickets for those games, which will start after the women’s team’s playoff games finish, are on sale now through the ticket office.

Regardless of results this weekend, the Cornell men’s team has secured a bye through the first round of the ECAC Hockey Championships. Cornell will host a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Lynah Rink against an opponent to be determined depending on the results of this weekend games. Game 1 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 and game 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Tickets for those games will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 3. As is the case with the women’s quarterfinal series, tickets for an if-necessary Game 3 would go on sale immediately following the completion of Game 2. The winner-take-all third game would be played at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

If the Big Red’s women’s team defeats St. Lawrence in the quarterfinal series this weekend, Cornell would earn the right to host ECAC Hockey’s Championship semi-finals and championship game the following weekend [March 7/8] . More information on that event will be available after the St. Lawrence series, if applicable.

For more information on ticket information, contact the Cornell Athletic Ticketing Office or call (607) 255-4247.