Cornell cruises to a 5-2 win over Ohio State

Freshman forward Ben Berard scored twice, and freshman Matt Stienburg added his first collegiate strike in the Cornell men’s hockey team’s 5-2 victory over Ohio State in the first round of the Fortress Invitational on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Ben Berard celebrates his first of two goals in the Cornell men's hockey team's game against Ohio State on Jan. 3, 2020 during the Fortress Invitational at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Zak Krill/Vegas Golden Knights)

Junior forward Tristan Mullin scored the Big Red’s second power-play goal of the night, ending an 0-for-18 slump on the man advantage dating back to November. The victory pushes Cornell into the tournament’s championship game at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday against Providence. The Friars won Friday’s first semifinal, 3-1, against Army West Point.

In its second match-up against a fellow top-10 of the season, Cornell (11-1) – ranked second in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magainze polls – scored the game’s first four goals to take a commanding lead against Ohio State (12-5-2), which is ranked sixth and seventh, respectively. Senior forward Noah Bauld scored an empty-net goal late in the third period to mark just the second time this season that the Buckeyes have surrendered five goals in a game. The result also ended Ohio State’s seven-game unbeaten streak.