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Strong third period helps lift Cornell over Clarkson, 4-2

The Cornell men’s hockey team got first goals on the season from three different players, and junior goaltender Matthew Galajda made 29 saves to backstop the Big Red’s 4-2 victory on the road Friday night against Clarkson at Cheel Arena.

The rematch of the 2019 ECAC Hockey Championship game was one of just two nationwide on the night between top-10 teams, and it lived up to its billing with relatively even scoring chances and solid all-around hockey. Cornell (5-0, 3-0 ECAC Hockey), which is ranked third in the nation in the poll and fourth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, remains one of just two undefeated teams left.

Cam Donaldson looks to move around a defender during the Cornell men's hockey team's 5-0 victory over Clarkson on Feb. 8, 2019 at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. (Patrick Shanahan/Cornell Athletics)

“I think it is a statement win, but of course it’s early in the season,” said junior forward Cam Donaldson, who scored the game-winning goal on a power play with 9:34 left in the third period. “It’s good to stay undefeated. But we haven’t won very many games against this team. We’ve only won one since I’ve been here. So it was huge to win get a win, especially on the road.”