January 24, 2009

#3 Cornell Erupts for Three Third-Period Goals, en Route to 5-1 Victory over Bears

Jan. 24, 2009

Box Score

ITHACA, NY - Freshman Jarred Smith (Pepper Pike, OH) scored his second goal in as many games to bring the Bears to within 2-1 early in the third period, but #3 Cornell (14-2-3, 9-1-2) scored three straight goals to earn a 5-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (2-13-4, 2-8-2) on Saturday evening at Lynah Rink.

The Big Red came out at a furious pace, dominating the first three minutes of the game, while pinning the Bears in their defensive zone for most of that time. Cornell outshot Brown, 12-5, for the period, but it took less than two minutes and just two shots for the Big Red to grab a 1-0 lead. After a defensive zone turnover, Michael Kennedy collected the puck off the boards, turned, and fired a hard shot from the outside of left face-off circle that beat freshman Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA) glove-side high at 1:38. The puck was in and out of the net before both Clemente and the goal judge saw it, as several members of both teams continued playing for a few seconds until realizing that the referee, on the goal line, had signaled for a goal.

The Bears spent nearly half of the second period on the penalty-kill, taking four penalties for eight minutes, and Cornell extended its lead to 2-0 when Joe Devin scored exactly two minutes after Brown's first infraction of the period. With the Bears stuck in their own zone for the last minute of the power-play, Clemente made two huge blocker saves on one-timers from the slot by Kennedy and Devin. The Bears couldn't clear the zone and just as the penalty expired, Kennedy fired a strong shot from the right point that was tipped in by Devin, who was stationed at the top of the crease.

The Bears had two power-plays of their own, but were held without a shot on the first one, which came at 11:55, and then just one on the second, which came at 18:50, carrying 50 seconds over into the third period.

Brown failed to convert the power-play, but Smith brought the Bears to within 2-1 just one second after the man-advantage expired. With time running down on the power-play, junior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) sent the puck to freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) along the left wing. Buvinow skated into the zone and dropped the puck for Smith, who was racing in behind him. Smith fired a wrist-shot from the top of the left face-off circle that beat Ben Scrivens glove-side low 51 seconds into the period.

Cornell increased its lead to 3-1 five minutes later when Devin scored his second of the night. After collecting the puck in the neutral zone off a Brown turnover, the Big Red raced in on a two-on-one break. Devin carried the puck in along the left wing and had just sophomore Jeremy Russell (St. Albert, ALB) and Clemente to beat. Russell went down on the ice to take away the pass, and Devin ripped a shot from the bottom of the left circle that went over Clemente's right shoulder, and banked off the cross-bar and in at 5:31.

The Big Red took a 4-1 lead at 16:39 of the period, when Blake Gallagher converted on Cornell's eighth power-play chance of the night, scoring on a wrap-around with just 19 seconds remaining on the man advantage.

Brown went on the penalty-kill for the ninth time of the night just 34 seconds later and Sean Collins tacked on the fifth goal of the night for the Big Red at 19:17, four seconds after the penalty had expired.

Clemente finished with 31 saves, while Scrivens made 14 saves for the Big Red, as Brown was outshot 36-15.

The Bears return to action next weekend when they host Quinnipiac and Princeton on Friday and Saturday in a pair of ECAC Hockey contests. Friday's game against the Bobcats begins at 7:00 p.m.

BROWN 0 0 1 x - 1
#3 CORNELL 1 1 3 x - 5

First period - C, Kennedy (unassisted), 1:38. Penalties - B, 2-4; C, 0-0.
Second period - C, Devin (Kennedy, Jillson), 6:18. Penalties - B, 4-8; C, 2-4.
Third Period - B, Smith (Buvinow, Volpatti), 0:51; C, Devin (Gallagher, Collins), 5:31; C, Gallagher (Nash, Barlow), PP, 16:39; C, Collins (Davenport), 19:17. Penalties - B, 4-8; C, 1-2.

Saves
B, Mike Clemente (60:00), 11-9-11-x - 31; C, Ben Scrivens (59:49), 5-3-6-x - 14.