Cornell holds off CC rally

Colorado College found itself with too big a hole to climb out of against a good goalie  in a 3-1 loss to No. 13/14 Cornell Friday night.

Greg Miller’s empty-net goal with 7.6 seconds left clinched the win.

A Colorado College rally started after the altitude and width of World Arena’s Olympic sheet wore down Cornell midway through the second and the host Tigers took advantage by dominating the third period.

“We fell behind 2-0 to a good defensive team which you don’t want to do,” Tigers head coach Scott Owens said. “We had trouble finishing. We were lacking bite early which we had at the end.”

The Big Red (9-4-1, 6-1-1 ECAC) started to tire during CC’s only power play of the third, only 1:26 into the period. The Tigers cashed that in when captain Nick Dineen recorded his 11th goal of the season when he swatted in the puck as he fell to the ice.

It got the announced crowd of 6,133 excited and the momentum swing put CC in control the rest of the way.

Until then, sound play by the nation’s third-best defense and some big stops by Cornell sophomore goalie Andy Iles (39 saves) had stifled the CC offense. The Big Red did a good job getting players back on defense, keeping CC from using its speed to generate quality scoring chances.

“Their goalie played well and we didn’t really bear down on our chances,” Dineen said.

Iles’ biggest stop might have been a leg pad save on Rylan Schwartz with 12:42 left during a 5-on-3 advantage for Colorado College.

“A goal there might have changed things,” Owens said.

“When you have a 5-on-3, you almost need to score,” Dineen said. “We got a little bit of momentum of it but at the same time we needed a goal.”

CC goalie Josh Thorimbert finished with 21 saves in the loss. Cornell was able to dictate play in the decisive first period and was strong enough in the second to keep it at 2-0 headed into the final period, despite being out shot 16-11. CC dominated the third with a 15-5 edge in shots to finish with a 40-24 edge.

“We played a good 40 minutes,” Dineen said. ‘But we need 60.”

The Big Red were strong on the puck, forcing the Tigers to fire away from outside with only a few quality chances down low.

Once they got those chances, the Tigers were unable to bury the puck thanks to the solid and at times spectacular, play of Iles. He made point-blank saves on Archie Skalbeck, David Civiatrese and Scott Winkler during the game to secure the win.

Both Big Red goals were from long range outside thanks in part to the Cornell traffic on front making life difficult for Thorimbert.

Freshman John McCarron scored his first career goal on a good rip that beat Thorimbert high stick side to make it 2-0 late in the first period for the eventual game winner.


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2 Responses to Cornell holds off CC rally

  1. goon48 says:

    How did the Cornell Look last night?

    • They’re a strong defensive team, especially between the circles. I would expect them to win the ECAC.

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