GOTW: Cornell doubles up Clarkson as Galajda stops 29, Donaldson, Malott each record two points

Clarkson and Cornell battle on the Cheel Arena ice in Potsdam, N.Y., Friday night. The Big Red downed the Golden Knights 4-2 (photo: Jim Meagher).

Cam Donaldson and Jeff Malott each posted a goal and an assist to lead No. 3 Cornell past No. 7 Clarkson 4-2 at Cheel Arena Friday night.

Big Red goalie Matthew Galajda turned aside 29 shots to run his record to 5-0-0 on the young season.

“I think it is a statement win but of course, it’s early in the season,” said Donaldson, who scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 9:34 left in the third period. “It’s good to stay undefeated (5-0-0), but we haven’t won very many games against this team. We’ve only won one since I’ve been here, so it was huge to win get a win, especially on the road.”

Travis Mitchell and Michael Regush (empty net) also scored for Cornell.

Devin Brosseau and Connor McCarthy each registered a goal and an assist for the Golden Knights, while Frank Marotte posted 27 saves between the pipes.

“There were ebbs and flows and both teams were in control, but it was unfortunate we didn’t get the lead early with some of our play,” said Clarkson coach Casey Jones. “I thought our resiliency to bounce back and get back in the game, I was really proud of that. They got a power-play goal in the third that put them in the lead, and it is what it is. Two good teams battling and a hotly-contested game. It is what it is.”

“We knew why they got their opportunities – because we handed the puck to them in the neutral zone,” added Cornell coach Mike Schafer. “We just talked about ‘play our game’ and just get the job done. And they did. They came out in the third, and they were calm and played with even more poise.”

Donaldson’s goal pushed the Cornell power play to 9 for 21 on the season. The 42.9 percent success rate leads the country going into Saturday’s games. The goal also ended Clarkson’s streak of 25 consecutive kills.

AIC 12, Mercyhurst 0

Elijiah Barriga notched a hat trick, Tobias Fladeby added two goals and two assists, Austin Albrecht totaled four assists and Zacharias Skog made 18 saves as the Yellow Jackets scored 12 goals for the first time in their Division I history.

“Just throw the game out,” American International coach Eric Lang said. “It’s one of those nights where everything we threw at the net went in. I know that Mercyhurst program. They have a ton of pride, and you don’t have the level of success within a program they have had without bouncing back.

“I know we will get their best punch tomorrow.”

Boston College 5, Vermont 1

David Cotton notched his 100th career point and No. 16 Boston College rolled to its fourth straight win with a 5-1 final over Vermont.

Cotton became the 81st player in program history to post 100 career points and the first since Ryan Fitzgerald in 2017. The senior captain added an assist for his 24th career multi-point game.

Providence 3, Northeastern 2

No. 10 Providence defeated No. 14 Northeastern 3-2 as Jack Dugan and Tyce Thompson each produced two-point efforts to lead the Friars offensively.

Michael Lackey finished with 21 saves in goal for the Friars.

Miami 3, Minnesota Duluth 1

A late third-period power-play score by Derek Daschke gave the Redhawks the lead, and Miami tacked on an empty-net score in the closing seconds to seal the game.

Sixth-ranked UMD had won six straight games against Miami entering the weekend, and the Bulldogs continue to be winless when entering the third period trailing, now 0-3-1 on the season.

Ryan Larkin made 35 saves for Miami.

Wisconsin 3, Notre Dame 0

Daniel Lebedeff’s 22 saves lifted the Badgers to an upset of No. 3 Notre Dame.

The loss also marks Notre Dame’s first loss at the Kohl Center, where the Irish are now 5-1-1 all time.

Freshman Cole Caufield scored his ninth goal of the season and classmate Alex Turcotte chipped in a pair of assists.