#16 Males’s Hockey Readies for #5 Boston College at Crimson Sizzling Hockey

PUCK DROP• The No. 16-ranked Cornell males’s hockey staff heads to the Large Apple in search of to snap a four-game winless streak and hoist the Kelley-Harkness Cup for a fourth consecutive time because the Large Crimson faces No. 5-ranked Boston College within the biennial Crimson Sizzling Hockey contest at Madison Sq. Backyard.

• Puck drop for the competition is scheduled for 8 p.m., with recreation motion broadcast reside on ESPN+ and over the airwaves on WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM, whcuradio.com). Canadian viewers may also watch the competition on TSN+.

THE RETURN OF RED HOT HOCKEY• Saturday’s recreation between Cornell and Boston College would be the ninth installment of the biennial Crimson Sizzling Hockey sequence, which started in 2007-08.

• Boston College went unbeaten within the first 5 conferences (3-0-2), however Cornell has prevailed within the final three conferences to hoist the Kelley-Harkness Cup.

• Because the inaugural assembly at The World’s Most Well-known Enviornment, a complete of 132,668 followers have attended the eight prior Crimson Sizzling Hockey contests — averaging 16,583 followers per recreation.

BACK IN THE NEW YORK GROOVE• Cornell shall be taking part in its twenty eighth all-time recreation at Madison Sq. Backyard on Saturday night, and the twentieth at its present location. The Large Crimson holds a file of 17-8-2 on the World’s Most Well-known Enviornment, which features a 6-1-1 mark in its final eight video games performed on the venue.

• Final yr, Cornell defeated No. 6-ranked UConn, 6-0, within the Frozen Apple because the Large Crimson was powered by a hat trick by then-freshman Dalton Bancroft, who turned the second Large Crimson participant to attain three objectives at Madison Sq. Backyard (Dick Bertrand — Dec. 23, 1969 vs. St. Lawrence).

• Together with Bancroft’s hat trick, then-sophomore goaltender Ian Shane stopped all 27 UConn photographs to publish the primary of his 5 shutouts final season.

• The Large Crimson has scored six objectives in every of its final two video games at Madison Sq. Backyard, which is the longest streak since posting 4 consecutive six-goal efforts on the venue through the ECAC Hockey Competition Tournaments in 1969 and 1975. Throughout that stretch, Cornell defeated RPI (9-0) and St. Lawrence (7-2) in 1969 earlier than edging Boston School (10-7) and St. Lawrence (7-4) in 1975.

LENDING A HELPING HAND• Freshman defenseman Ben Robertson noticed his season-opening seven-game help streak come to a halt in final Saturday’s 2-1 extra time loss to Princeton.

• Robertson’s seven-game help streak is tied for the fifth-longest by a Large Crimson defenseman, courting again to 1960-61, with Stephen Bajinski (1974-75), Tim Vanini (1990-91), Mark McRae (2002-03), and Charlie Cook dinner (2002-03). Chris Norton (14 video games in 1987-88), Dan Lodboa (13 video games in 1969-70), Joe Gallant (12 video games in 1980-81), and Jim Higgs (9 video games in 1970-71) had been these with longer streaks.

• The help streak matches Ryan Vesce (2000-01) for the second-longest by a freshman participant since first-year college students had been first eligible to play on the Large Crimson’s varsity staff in 1975-76. Hockey Corridor of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk holds the file for the longest help streak by a freshman after he posted helpers in 10 consecutive video games — as part of a 14-game level streak — in 1984-85.

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE• Over its final 10 video games in opposition to opponents ranked throughout the prime 5 of the USCHO.com ballot, Cornell has posted an 8-1-1 mark.

• The Large Crimson’s seven-game win streak was snapped when it misplaced to No. 5-ranked Boston College, 2-1, this previous March 25 within the Manchester Regional Ultimate of the 2023 NCAA Division I Males’s Hockey Championship.

• Cornell has allowed 4 objectives over its final six video games to opponents ranked within the prime 5 of the USCHO.com ballot, which incorporates posting shutouts in three of its final 4 video games underneath the circumstances.

• Junior goaltender Ian Shane has been the netminder in all three of the shutouts, which featured a career-high 42 saves on Feb. 25, 2022, in opposition to No. 5-ranked Quinnipiac, earlier than defeating the top-ranked Bobcats, 4-0, this previous Jan. 20 at Lynah Rink. The latter shutout got here within the Manchester Regional semifinal in opposition to reigning nationwide champions, No. 4-ranked Denver, final season on March 23.

STOUT DEFENSE• Traditionally, Cornell has boasted one of many nation’s stingiest defensive models, because the Large Crimson has ranked within the prime 10 in scoring protection within the final six seasons it has competed in.

• This season, Cornell has allowed the third-fewest objectives in Division I hockey with 18 over its eight video games. Fellow Ivy League rivals Dartmouth (14 objectives in six video games) and Harvard (15 objectives in 5 video games) have conceded fewer objectives than the Large Crimson.

• The Large Crimson’s 2.25 objectives allowed per recreation is tied with Boston School for the eighth-fewest in Division I hockey. Windfall paces the nation with its 1.92 clip.

• Since 2016-17, Cornell has allowed 407 objectives, which leads all Division I applications by 103 objectives (Harvard — 510) which have performed a minimum of seven seasons through the span. The Large Crimson averages 1.97 objectives allowed per recreation over the past six-plus seasons, making Cornell simply one in all two applications within the nation to common underneath two objectives allowed per recreation, joined by Minnesota State (1.89).

FRESHMEN SCORING AT MSG• Freshman have had a knack for locating the again of the online lately at Madison Sq. Backyard as a first-year participant has scored in six of the final seven video games on the World’s Most Well-known Enviornment.

• In complete, since first-year gamers had been eligible to play on the Large Crimson’s varsity program, a totla of 10 freshmen have scored a minimum of one objective on the ice at Madison Sq. Backyard.

• Final yr, Dalton Bancroft turned the second Cornell participant to ever register a hat trick at Madison Sq. Backyard, becoming a member of Dick Bertrand, who netted three objectives in a 7-2 victory over St. Lawrence on Dec. 22, 1969, within the championship recreation of the ECAC Hockey Vacation Competition Event.

• Within the newest rendition of Crimson Sizzling Hockey through the 2021-22 season, Kyler Kovich and Ondrej Psenicka each lit the lamp as freshmen to information Cornell to a 6-4 victory and hoist the Kelley-Harkness Cup for a 3rd consecutive time over Boston College.

• Together with Bancroft, Kovich, and Psenicka, the opposite first-year Large Crimson gamers to perform the feat of scoring a objective at Madison Sq. Backyard embody: Lance Nethery in 1975-76, Riley Nash in 2007-08, Teemu Tiitinen in 2012-13, Anthony Angello in 2015-16, Noah Bauld in 2016-17, Tristan Mullin in 2017-18, and Liam Motley in 2018-19.

LIGHTING THE LAMP AT MSG• Junior ahead Ondrej Psenicka has scored in every of his first two video games at Madison Sq. Backyard. With a objective on Saturday, he would turn into the fourth Large Crimson participant to have scored in three consecutive appearances on the venue, becoming a member of Brian Campbell, who had a four-game streak from 1975-76, John Hughes, who did so from 1967-69, and Trevor Yates from 2015-17.

• There have been 11 complete situations of gamers scoring in consecutive video games at Madison Sq. Backyard. Together with the Psenicka, Campbell, Hughes, and Yates, Bob Kinasewich (1964-65), Garth Ryan (1969), Dave Peace and John Harper (1975), Locke Jillson (2009-11), Brenden Locke (2019-21), and Max Andreev (2022-23) are the others to perform the feat.

• Ought to Dalton Bancroft rating on Saturday, he would turn into the twelfth participant to have web objectives in consecutive video games performed at Madison Sq. Backyard.

• Because of his hat trick in opposition to No. 6-ranked UConn final season, sophomore ahead Dalton Bancroft already is tied for the fourth-most objectives scored by a Large Crimson participant at Madison Sq. Backyard. Solely Brian Campbell (5), John Hughes (5), and Doug Ferguson (4) have scored extra on the venue.

• These tied with Bancroft for the fourth-most objectives scored by a Large Crimson participant at Madison Sq. Backyard embody Dave Groulx, Dave Peace, Dick Bertrand, Garth Ryan, Jim Vaughan, Paul Althouse, and Trevor Yates

SPREADING THE WEALTH• Cornell has obtained manufacturing from practically each skater who has appeared in a minimum of one recreation this season, as 18 of the 23 skaters (78.2 %) have registered a minimum of one level and 15 of the 18 gamers with factors have a minimum of two factors.

• The Large Crimson’s 10-player freshman class has produced essentially the most early on, main this system in objectives scored (10), assists (19), and factors (29). Cornell’s 10-player junior class is behind the first-year gamers with 20 factors (six objectives, 14 assists).

• Cornell’s forwards have dominated the scoresheet early on within the season, netting 24 of this system’s 26 objectives (92.3 %) and logging 50 of the 69 factors (72.4 %).

SHANE’S WORLD• Junior goaltender Ian Shane has excelled contained in the blue paint throughout his time on East Hill, posting a 31-17-5 file with a 1.72 goals-against common and a .921 save share in his 57 appearances between the pipes.

• Shane’s 1.72 profession goals-against common paces all energetic Division I goaltenders with a minimum of 25 video games performed, and he’s joined by Minnesota State’s Keenan Rancier (1.87) because the lone pair of goaltenders with a profession goals-against common under 2.00.

• Moreover, Shane’s goals-against common ranks because the fifth-best by a Cornell netminder within the trendy period, trailing Dave LeNeveu (1.29), Ken Dryden (1.60), Matthew Galajda (guh-LIE-duh) (1.64), and David McKee (1.71).

• Together with Shane’s spectacular goals-against common, he ranks fourth amongst Division I goaltenders in save share (.921), trailing Notre Dame’s Ryan Bischel (.926), Minnesota’s Justen Shut (.924), and Wisconsin’s Kyle McClelland (.923).

• Shane’s 9 shutouts — which match Andy Iles ’14 for the eighth-most in Cornell program historical past — are the fourth-most by an energetic Division I goaltenders. He at present trails Michigan Tech’s Blake Pietila (19), Shut (11), and Bischel (10) for the Division I lead in shutouts.

POINT SEGER• Coming off a stellar junior yr in his first season with Cornell during which he posted a 30-point season, senior ahead Gabriel Seger has not missed a beat to start the 2023-24 marketing campaign, registering eight factors (5-3—8) within the Large Crimson’s first six video games.

• Following his switch from ECAC Hockey rival Union, Seger posted seven objectives and 23 assists final yr to turn into Cornell’s first 30-point scorer since Morgan Barron in 2019-20 when he had 32 factors (14 objectives, 18 assists).

• The 30-point season marked the primary time a Large Crimson participant had 30-plus factors of their first season at Cornell since Riley Nash (12-20—32) did so in his freshman yr in 2007-08.

• Seger turned the seventh participant since 1982-83 to register 30-plus factors of their first season with the Large Crimson. The others to perform the feat embody Duanne Moeser (17-17—34) in 1982-83, Joe Nieuwendyk (21-24—45) in 1984-85, Trent Andison (21-17—38) in 1987-88, Doug Derraugh (11-21—32) in 1987-88, Kyle Knopp (11-22—33) in 1995-96, and Nash in 2007-08.

• Though transfers are sometimes a uncommon prevalence at Cornell, Seger turned simply the third participant in this system’s trendy period (since 1957-58) to file 30-plus factors within the season following their switch to Cornell. Tom Whitehead (10-20—30) and Doug Berk (11-21—32) each achieved the feat in 1978-79 after the varsity hockey program at fellow Ivy League establishment, Penn, was disbanded.

THANKS FOR THE HELP!• The 23 assists by Gabriel Seger final yr had been essentially the most by a Large Crimson participant since defenseman Yanni Kaldis had 24 helpers in 2018-19. It was essentially the most assists by a Cornell ahead since Greg Miller had 25 in 2010-11.

• Over his two seasons at Union and his present tenure with Cornell, Seger has accrued 56 profession assists. Following Wednesday’s contests, in keeping with information from School Hockey Information, Seger is tied with Minnesota State’s Lucas Sowder for the Eleventh-most assists by an energetic Division I participant.

• Seger’s 56 assists are the third-most helpers by an ECAC Hockey participant, trailing Clarkson’s Mathieu Gosselin (61) and Quinnipiac’s Collin Graf (58).

• Ought to Seger register 20-plus assists this yr, he can be the primary Cornell participant with consecutive 20-assist seasons since defenseman Yanni Kaldis in 2018-19 (24) and 2019-20 (20) seasons.

• No Large Crimson ahead has had consecutive 20-assist seasons since Riley Nash did so in all three of his years on East Hill (2007-10). Nash had 20 assists in his freshman yr earlier than posting 21 and 23 assists in his respective sophomore and junior seasons.

ONE OF THE BEST• Mike Schafer ’86, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Cornell Males’s Ice Hockey, is one in all 10 energetic collegiate hockey head coaches with 500 profession victories behind the bench.

• Schafer’s 524 wins rank because the Twenty sixth-most by a head coach in school hockey historical past and is 12 shy of matching former Minnesota State bench boss Don Brose (536) for the twenty fifth in school hockey historical past. No matter degree or gender, Schafer’s 524 victories are the ninth-most by energetic school hockey head coaches.

• Amongst energetic Division I males’s head coaches, Schafer has the fourth-most wins, trailing Quinnipiac’s Rand Pecknold (624), Mercyhurst’s Rick Gotkin (601), and Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson (581).

• At Cornell, Schafer’s 524 wins are the third-most by any coach with a program, trailing former softball head coach Dick Blood (623) and the late legendary baseball head coach Ted Thoren (541).

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