The Cornell University Men’s Hockey team (9-0) earned a huge victory over Boston University (4-6-5) in the Red Hot Hockey Classic held at Madison Square Garden. Playing in front of a sold out crowd both teams played an intense and physcial game, in the end it was the Big Red earning the big victory.
Having a stellar game in the cage for Cornell was goalkeeper Matthew Galajda who stopped 28 attempts. Scoring the first goal for the Big Red was Sophomore Michael Regush, who broke through at the 7:39 mark. Later in in the frame Brenden Locke got a wicked wrister at the 7:59 mark for the 2-0 lead.
The Big Red took over with their physical play, showing some really solid defense throughout the course of the night and keeping the Boston offense enough away from the offensive zone to pick up the victory. Making some stellar saves for Boston University was Keeper Sam Tucker, who stopped 26 pucks. Junior David Farrance and Senior Patrick Harper had four hots on the net for the Terriers.
The Terriers were able to outshoot Big Red 10-5 in the opening 20 minutes, but in the end it was the tenacity of the Cornell offense that was able to break through and find the first goal.
Cornell and Boston University have been longtime rivals in the world of College Hockey, meeting with league and national championship implications on the line. Both have an amazing history of College Hockey as BU has won five national championships (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995 and 2009), while Cornell had claimed a pair of titles (1967 and 1970). These two prorgams have been able to combine to send more than 115 players to the National Hockey League.
When these two teams last met in the Red Hot Hockey event it was Cornell earning a 4-3 victory, as the Big Red was able to earn its first Red Hot Hockey victory in six tries. Beau Starrett scored in the first period, then goals by Trevor Yates and Alec McCrea in the second period gave Cornell a Commanding 3-0 lead. Boston University saw goals by Dante Fabbro and Tristian Mullen.
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Cornell University Student-Athletes
Matthew Galajda, Morgan Barron and Brenden Locke
Cornell University Head Hockey Coach Mike Shafer
Boston University Head Hockey Coach Albie O’Connell
The Men’s Hockey team is off to the program’s best start in 48 years and is ranked second in both major national polls. This is the Seventh Edition of the biennial Red Hot Hockey Series on Saturday.
The Big Red has also made an appearance in The Frozen Apple series in the even-number years, having defeated Michigan in 2012, Penn State in 2014 and New Hampshire in 2016 before a loss in 2018 against Harvard.
Thus far Cornell is 8-0 and is the last remaining undefeated team in the nation for the second time in the last three years. This is the program’s best start since the 1971-72 campaign.
The Terriers hold a 3-1-2 mark at the Red Hot Hockey event, with the only loss coming in 2017.
The last time these two teams met was in the 2018 NCAA First Round Tournament game, which was held in Worcester, Mass., where BU pulled off a 3-1 upset off Cornell.
In the last seven games against Cornell, Boston holds a 4-1-2 record.
Tonight Marks the 48th time Boston University and Cornell have faced off, with the Big Red holding a 24-20-3 advantage.
Stars at Madison Square Garden
Mike Eruizone who was the captain of the ‘Miracle on Ice’ USA Hockey Team was in attendance at Madison Square Garden tonight, as well as New York Rangers Head Coach David Quinn, who is a Boston University Alumni.
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