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Cornell Hockey Association – March 4, 2020

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The Cornell Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams competed this past weekend at Lynah Rink … Men faced St. Lawrence and Clarkson to finish the ECAC regular season and celebrate Senior Night; Women played their best-of-three ECAC-QF playoffs defeating St. Lawrence in two games. Both teams recorded four-point weekends … again!

Men’s Hockey record overall is 23-2-4, 18-2-2 in the ECAC. Cornell maintains the #1 ranking in the USCHO Division I Men’s Poll receiving 37/50 first place votes above North Dakota (#2) and Minnesota State (#3) and remains #3 in the PairWise Rankings behind North Dakota and Minnesota State. Cornell finishes atop the ECAC with 38 league points and earns the Cleary Cup for the third straight season … a program first! Clarkson is second [33pts], Quinnipiac is third [30pts] and Rensselaer fourth [27]. Home ice advantage and a first weekend [March 6-7-8] bye is assured going into playoffs. Fans wore lots of RED this weekend as the game photos show … we are looking for a “C” of RED to support the team from now on!

Women’s Hockey record overall is 25-1-3, 19-0-3 in the ECAC. The Women continue their national ranking at #1 (receiving all 15 first place votes) in the USCHO Division I Women’s Poll ahead of Wisconsin and rise to #1 in their PairWise Rankings above Wisconsin … read more here. With their win over Dartmouth, Women’s Hockey clinched their 15th IVY League title and with the win over Yale, secure the ECAC Regular Season title. Playoffs for the ECAC women’s hockey started Friday/Saturday, February 28/29 at Lynah Rink against #8 seeded St. Lawrence and the Big Red Women ousted the Saints in two games. Here are the results of the Women’s ECAC quarterfinal match-ups.

Cornell will host the Women’s ECAC tournament at Lynah Rink March 7-8 … SATURDAY semifinals and SUNDAY final. On Saturday, Cornell plays Harvard at 1PM; Princeton takes on Clarkson at 4PM. Winners play on Sunday at 2PM for the ECAC Tournament Final. As there are no Men’s games this weekend … wear RED and come out to support the Women’s Team. You can purchase women’s playoff tickets here. Not in Ithaca … view on ESPN+

Follow these links to view/download photos and review details from the recent games.

Photos: CORNELL WIH ECACQF1 vs. St. Lawrence … W 7-2; Box Score | Game Recap
Photos: CORNELL MIH vs. St. Lawrence … W 5-0; Box Score | Game Recap

Photos: CORNELL WIH ECACQF2 vs. St. Lawrence … W 3-2; Box Score | Game Recap
Photos: CORNELL MIH vs. Clarkson … W 5-1; Box Score | Game Recap

Coach’s Corner

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

Freshman Friday

A Q-and-A feature with the freshmen (9) on the Men’s Hockey team.
Links to their interviews here.

#24 Sam Malinski #20 Matt Stienburg #10 Travis Mitchell
#29 Ben Berard #21 Zach Tupker #13 Jack Malone
#14 Ben Tupker #2 Peter Muzyka #5 Sebastian Dirven

Upcoming Events!

Coach’s Club Luncheon – 10th event this season… Friday, 11:45AM, 3/13/2020 at the Country Club of Ithaca. This luncheon is on the Friday before ECAC quarterfinal playoffs start at Lynah Rink. Hoping for a nice early-spring day and not a March snowstorm! Please sign in your guests/spouse on the sheet at the buffet table. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. You are welcome to sit with Coach Schafer at his table at the front of the dining room. Details and directions here.

ECAC Men’s Hockey Tournament – Cornell has earned a bye for the first round March 6-7-8. As the #1 seed, the men’s team will play the lowest seed coming out of this first playoff weekend the following weekend March 13-14-15. First round and quarterfinal playoffs are a best-of-three series. More information and a downloadable playoff bracket here … The semifinal and final ‘one-and-done’ games are played in Lake Placid, NY. More information here

BUS TRIP – Are you interested in taking a fan-bus to the NCAA Regional Playoffs? Our best guess for Cornell is placement at the Albany Regional, Times Union Center, Albany, NY on March 28-29 but other venues include Worcester, MA, and Allentown, PA. The likelihood of Cornell being located to Loveland, CO seems remote. If you are interested in taking a bus, we want to know sooner than later so reservations can be made. Contact Sue Detzer. More information about the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament here

Upcoming Hockey!

Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey

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 … April 1st, 2020 (really)

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#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.

ECAC Women’s Hockey Championship Final – Cornell vs. Princeton







[1] Cornell Big Red




[2] Princeton Tigers


ECAC Hockey Semifinal – (2) Princeton vs. (3) Clarkson

Princeton logo Princeton Women’s Hockey website




Clarkson Golden Knights logo Clarkson Women’s Hockey website

ECAC Hockey Semifinal – (1) Cornell vs. (4) Harvard

Big Red Bear Cornell Women’s Hockey website




Harvard University logoHarvard Women’s Hockey website

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

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.