Four different goal-scorers and two assists apiece from senior forward Max Andreev and junior forward Matt Stienburg helped the 13th-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team register a 4-1 victory over Union on Friday night at Lynah Rink.
Sophomore forward Kyle Penney and freshman forward Ondrej Psenicka scored first-period goals to help Cornell (4-1, 2-1 ECAC Hockey) take control, and freshman goaltender Joe Howe made most of his key stops among 21 saves early in the second period to keep the hosts in front. Junior forward Jack Malone then added his second goal in as many games at the 7:20 mark of the middle frame to push the lead to 3-0.
The Big Red was then able to do something for the first time this season: See the lead through to the end of the game.
“I definitely think that a couple different times, we’ve come out hot and gotten that first goal – then, at times, we get a little relaxed and take our foot off the (gas) pedal a bit,” Malone said. “As a team, we’ve got to put our foot on their throats and keep it there. We’ve got to build off the momentum we create early and continue that throughout the game.
Brandon Estes got Union (2-7-2, 1-3-1) on the board with a power-play goal just 1:25 into the third period, but Cornell stemmed the tide before capping the scoring with junior defenseman Travis Mitchell’s goal on a two-on-one break with 8:15 to play.