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Cornell clinches 3rd straight Cleary Cup with 5-0 win over St. Lawrence

Sophomore forward Max Andreev and sophomore defenseman Joe Leahy each had a goal and two assists, and the Cornell men’s hockey team routed St. Lawrence, 5-0, on Friday night at Lynah Rink. Coupled with Clarkson’s tie at Colgate, the results lead to Cornell clinching the Cleary Cup for a third straight year — a first in program history.

The Cornell men's hockey team celebrates winning the Cleary Cup on Feb. 28, 2020 after a 5-0 rout of St. Lawrence at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.

Junior goaltender Matthew Galajda made 19 saves for his third consecutive shutout, moving into a tie with Ben Scrivens ’10 for the program’s all-time lead with 19 over his collegiate career. He’s gone 197 minutes, 21 seconds without surrendering a goal, which is the sixth-longest shutout streak in program history.

By clinching the Cleary Cup — awarded to ECAC Hockey’s top team in the regular season — outright, Cornell (22-2-4, 17-2-2) has earned the No. 1 overall seed for the ECAC Hockey Championship playoffs. The Big Red will have a bye through the first round, then host the lowest-remaining seed in a best-of-three quarterfinals series March 13-15 at Lynah Rink.