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Robertson nets overtime winner, lifts #18 Cornell past #11 Arizona State

Freshman defenseman Ben Robertson scored his first collegiate goal 3:25 into overtime to lift the No. 18-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team to a 3-2 victory over No. 11-ranked Arizona State at Mullett Arena on Friday night.

Junior forward Kyle Penney and senior forward Gabriel Seger assisted Robertson to his first-ever goal in a Cornell sweater. Seger concluded the night with two assists, serving as the lone skater for either team to register multiple points.

Fellow junior goaltender Ian Shane made 15 saves for the Big Red (7-4-3) just hours after being named to the watch list for the 2024 Mike Richter Award.

Ethan Szmgaj and Jackson Niedermayer potted third-period goals for the Sun Devils to avenge giving up the first two goals of the contest. TJ Semptimphelter shoved aside 25 Cornell shots in between the pipes for Arizona State (16-4-5), who had its 10-game unbeaten streak snapped.

Psenicka opened the scoring when he capitalized off a rebound from a shot by freshman defenseman George Fegaras. Seger was credited with a secondary assist to increase his point streak to three games, while Fegaras’ helper marked the first-year blueliner’s first career point streak.

Cornell appeared to increase its lead to two when Penney redirected a shot from the left point by junior defenseman Hank Kempf. Arizona State challenged the goal for being offside, and following a video review, the referees determined the goal was offside to negate Penney’s goal.

For the second time on the night, Cornell had a goal taken away following an Arizona State challenge, this time for goaltender interference. Commotion in front of the net led to Semptimphelter having his movement in the crease impeded and revoking another Big Red tally.

DeSantis officially gave Cornell a two-goal lead when he snapped his 18-game goalless streak, one-timing a shot on the doorstep of the goal crease late in the second period. Freshmen forwards Jake Kraft and Jonathan Castagna were credited with the assists.

Kyle Smolen was assessed a five-minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct with under two minutes left in the second period, giving the Big Red a prolonged power-play opportunity. Cornell ended up having its power play cut into two segments as a holding penalty was handed to junior defenseman Michael Suda with two seconds left in the middle stanza.

Following the five-minute major penalty being killed off by the Sun Devils, Szmgaj and Niedermayer scored twice in under three minutes to draw the contest even.

Both teams could not find the back of the net for the remaining 15-plus minutes, leading to Cornell playing in its third consecutive overtime game.

Cornell controlled possession for most of overtime, out-shooting Arizona State by a 4-0 margin during the 3-on-3 period, ultimately leading to Robertson wristing his first collegiate goal past Semptimphelter with 1:45 remaining.

GAME NOTES

• Friday was the sixth all-time meeting between Cornell and Arizona State, all of which have come since the 2018-19 season. The Big Red took the lead in the series with its victory, 3-2-1, posting its first-ever win on the Sun Devils’ home ice (1-2-0).

• Four of Cornell’s six games against Arizona State have come when the Sun Devils were ranked in the USCHO.com poll. Following Friday’s win, the Big Red has a 3-0-1 record when squaring off against a ranked Arizona State squad.

• Four of Cornell’s last five games against Arizona State have been decided by one goal or less. The Big Red is 2-1-1 against the Sun Devils in those circumstances.

• Cornell’s record against opponents ranked No. 11 in the USCHO.com poll is now 10-7-7 following Friday’s victory. The Big Red is now unbeaten in eight of its last nine games against opponents ranked No. 11 (5-1-3).

• Cornell has now gone to overtime in three consecutive contests for the first time since the 2021-22 season when it faced then-No. 1 Quinnipiac (2-1 win on Jan. 22, 2022) before playing to a pair of 2-2 ties against Dartmouth (Jan. 28, 2022) and Harvard (Jan. 29, 2022). It is the 12th overall instance in program history in which the Big Red has played in three consecutive games that have gone to overtime, matching a program record.

Longest Streak of Consecutive Overtime Games
Cornell Program History
• 3 games (Feb. 5, 1972 – Feb. 12, 1972)
• 3 games (Feb. 4, 1983 – Feb. 11, 1983)
• 3 games (Nov. 22, 1985 – Nov. 30, 1985)
• 3 games (March 8, 1986 – March 15, 1986)
• 3 games (Jan. 10, 1998 – Jan. 19, 1998)
• 3 games (Dec. 5, 1998 – Dec. 28, 1998)
• 3 games (Dec. 4, 2010 – Dec. 30, 2010)
• 3 games (Jan. 14, 2012 – Jan. 21, 2012)
• 3 games (Jan. 30, 2015 – Feb. 6, 2015)
• 3 games (Jan. 29, 2016 – Feb. 5, 2016)
• 3 games (Jan. 22, 2022 – Jan. 29, 2022)
• 3 games (Dec. 29, 2023 – Present)

• Cornell is 10-9-2 all-time in the Mountain Time Zone and posted its first win in the time zone since defeating No. 6-ranked Ohio State, 5-2, in the opening game of the Fortress Invitational at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 3, 2020.

• Along with his pair of assists, Seger recorded 13 faceoff wins, which increased his streak with 13-plus faceoff wins to a Division I-leading six consecutive games. The streak ranks as the second-longest in Division I hockey this season, trailing Air Force’s Clayton Cosentino, who went eight straight games with at least 13 faceoff wins from Oct. 7 to Oct. 28. It is Seger’s second streak of at least four games with 13-plus faceoff victories on the campaign.

Longest Streak With 13+ Faceoff Wins
This Season
• Clayton Cosentino (Air Force) — 8 games (Oct. 7 – Oct. 28)
• Gabriel Seger (Cornell) — 6 games (Nov. 25 – Present)
• Max Scott (Brown) — 4 games (Dec. 30 – Present)
• Artem Shlaine (Northern Michigan) — 4 games (Dec. 1 – Dec. 9)
• Clayton Cosentino (Air Force) — 4 games (Nov. 24 – Dec. 2)
• Gabriel Seger (Cornell) — 4 games (Nov. 4 – Nov. 17)
• Glebs Prohorenkovs (Niagara) — 4 games (Nov. 4 – Nov. 17)
• Adam Robbins (Princeton) — 4 games (Nov. 3 – Nov. 11)

• Freshman forward Ryan Walsh recorded a career-high 12 faceoff wins, besting his previous mark of 11 done against Yale on Nov. 3.

UP NEXT

Cornell will conclude its stretch of three consecutive games against Arizona State on Saturday. Puck drop between the Big Red and Sun Devils is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT). Game action will be broadcast on Pac-12 Insider and ASU Live Stream and over the airwaves on WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM, whcuradio.com). Those with Roku-enabled televisions can stream both games on Pac-12 Insider (channel No. 235) on “The Roku Channel.”