It will go down as a tie on the schedule, but Cornell won its first Florida College Hockey Classic since 2008 thanks to Rodger Craig’s goal in the ninth round of the shootout.
The Big Red played to a 1-1 tie against Maine before heading to the shootout. Cornell appeared to have the title locked up last year, but blew a three-goal lead over the Black Bears in an eventual 6-4 defeat.
That loss started a skid that essentially doomed Cornell’s season; the Big Red won only one of their next ten games before rallying over the final weeks.
Cornell got to this year’s championship by beating New Hampshire 4-2 in the opening night of the tournament. Senior goalie Andy Iles was named to the all-tournament team after stopping 76-of-79 shots on the weekend.
Iles was joined on the team by Florida native Brian Ferlin, forward Dustin Mowrey, and defenseman Kirill Gotovets.
Elsewhere, Quinnipiac will face Sacred Heart in the championship game of the UConn Hockey Classic after beating Massachusetts in a shootout, while Dartmouth plays Northeastern in the consolation game of the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover.
Yale bounces back
The Bulldogs were the only ECAC team to play a non-tournament game this weekend, beating Holy Cross 4-1 in New Haven Saturday night. It was a good start to the second half for Yale, who lost to Dartmouth and tied Harvard on the final weekend before the holiday break.
Yale got several key players back from injuries, with forwards Jesse Root and Anthony Day playing for the first time since November. Both players recorded a point in their returns, with Root picking up an assist on Kenny Agostino’s first-period goal, while Day scored the eventual game winner early in the second. The Bulldogs are at Vermont this Saturday, and then face Harvard Jan. 11 at Madison Square Garden in the inaugural Rivalry on Ice matchup.
Golden Knights get swept
Clarkson lost only three times over the season’s first two-and-half months. The Golden Knights almost matched that total this weekend, losing to Vermont and Massachusetts-Lowell at the Catamount Cup. Clarkson outshot the Catamounts on Saturday, but only managed 19 shots on goal in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to UMass-Lowell. There’s certainly no reason to panic – the Golden Knights have two weekends of non-conference games to work out any issues before heading back into league play.