Matthew Galajda certainly left Madison Square Garden happier on Saturday night than he did his last time at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The Cornell men’s hockey team’s standout junior goaltender made 28 saves to backstop the Big Red to a 2-0 victory over Boston University in the biennial Red Hot Hockey game, exorcising the demons of a nightmarish outing in te team’s trip to New York last year.
In front of Galajda’s first shutout of the season and the 15th in just 65 career starts at the collegiate level, Cornell improved to 9-0 for the first time since 1969-70 – a memorable season in which the Big Red was never defeated, leading to the program second and most recent national championship. For the second time in the last three years, Cornell is the last undefeated team in the Division I ranks.
If the Big Red has shown a weakness this year, it has been its inability to start games on strong footing. Saturday proved to be no exception, with BU threatening early and often over the opening 10 minutes. Galajda’s best save then came in the game’s 14th minute, when he shrugged aside a breakaway attempt from Alex Brink.
Matthew Galajda with a 28-save shutout and two goals just 20 seconds apart power Cornell men’s hockey to a 2-0 win over Boston University in Red Hot Hockey! #YellCornell (?: Matt Dewkett/Cornell Athletics) pic.twitter.com/c9ZeqG7VVi
— Cornell Big Red (@CornellSports) December 1, 2019