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Cornell improves to 3-0 after defeating Brown, 4-1

Junior forwards Brenden Locke and Morgan Barron, and freshman defenseman Sam Malinski each had a goal and an assist, and the Cornell men’s hockey team scored three unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory over Brown on Friday night at Lynah Rink. The victory came in the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League opener for the fourth-ranked Big Red, which improves to 3-0 on the young season.

Junior defenseman Alex Green opened the scoring for Cornell late in a first period that saw Brown generate just one shot on goal. The Bears still threatened early in the second period, gaining momentum on goaltender Gavin Nieto’s big glove save on a chance from junior forward Kyle Betts. A minute later, a Big Red defenseman’s mishap led to a two-on-one down low, but junior goaltender Matthew Galajda read the play and stretched to his left to deny Michael Maloney’s one-timer.

Sam Malinski celebrates his goal during Cornell men's hockey team's victory over Brown on Nov. 8, 2019 at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. (Dave Burbank/Cornell Athletics)

While Brown did eventually break through on a fluke goal off the heel of Brent Beaudoin, Cornell regained the lead 87 seconds later on Malinski’s precise shot after he was found on a back-door pass by Locke. Locke then gave the Big Red a two-goal lead entering the final period with his first goal of the season.

“He was the best player on the ice for us tonight,” said Mike Schafer ’86, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey. “I thought he was outstanding in all aspects of the game – from his own zone, to the neutral zone, to the offensive zone and faceoffs. I just thought he was really focused and led the way for us tonight.”