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Cornell uses quick start to down Harvard, 3-1

Playing against the nation’s top-scoring team in first periods, the Cornell men’s hockey team flipped the switch Friday night on Harvard. The Big Red used a dominating opening 20 minutes to jump ahead and eventually ride out a 3-1 victory in a match-up of previously-undefeated ECAC Hockey teams at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Jack Malone surveys his options during the Cornell men's hockey team's game against Boston University on Nov. 30, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York (Matt Dewkett/Cornell Athletics)

Right from junior forward Kyle Betts’ win of the opening faceoff, second-ranked Cornell (10-0, 7-0 ECAC Hockey) took it straight to 12th-ranked Harvard (6-3, 6-1) with relentless early pressure. Senior forward Jeff Malott scored in the sixth minute to mark the ninth straight time the Big Red potted a game’s first goal, and Cornell had 10 shots on Harvard goaltender Mitchell Gibson before the hosts forced Big Red junior Matthew Galajda into action.

Junior forward Brenden Locke then doubled the lead just before the first intermission. The Big Red strikes marked just the fifth and sixth first-period goals surrendered by the slick-starting Crimson in its nine games to date.

By the time freshman defenseman Travis Mitchell scored on a one-timer at the 5:07 mark of the second period, Cornell held an astounding 22-4 lead in shots on goal.