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Penney, Shane shine in #13 Cornell’s shutout of Harvard

Junior forward Kyle Penney recorded two assists, and junior goaltender Ian Shane made 17 saves to aid the No. 13-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team to a 2-0 shutout over Harvard at Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Friday night.

Shane’s shutout was the 10th of his collegiate career, tying Wisconsin’s Kyle McLellan and Notre Dame’s Ryan Bischel for the third-most by all active Division I goaltenders. The shutout also tied Shane with Laing Kennedy ’63 for the seventh-most in Cornell history.

Junior forward Jack O’Leary and junior defenseman Tim Rego scored first-period tallies for Cornell (11-4-3, 6-4-1 ECAC), extending its unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).

Harvard goaltender Derek Mullahy concluded the night with 21 saves between the pipes for the Crimson (3-12-3, 3-7-3 ECAC).

Cornell dominated the opening 20 minutes of play, outshooting the Crimson by a 12-1 total.

The Big Red’s first tally came from a Harvard turnover deep in its defensive zone, which Penney was able to corral the loose puck and set up O’Leary’s wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Mullahy to his blocker side.

Late in the period, Rego increased the lead for the Big Red as an aggressive Cornell forecheck enabled DeSantis to feed the junior defenseman the puck, and his shot was able to beat Mullahy to his short side as he frantically tried to make a desperation cross-crease save.

Neither team could find the back of the net over the remaining 40 minutes despite many scoring chances for both sides. Harvard outshot Cornell, 16-11, for the remainder of the contest, including an 8-2 mark in the final period.

Cornell went 0-for-3 on the power play, two of which came in the first period. Harvard, which entered the night with the third-best power play in the country, was held in check on its pair of opportunities.

GAME NOTES
 • Friday was the 164th all-time meeting between the bitter Ivy League rivals, dating to Jan. 8, 1910. Cornell snapped its seven-game winless streak to Harvard, as the Big Red claimed its first win over the Crimson since prevailing, 3-1, on Dec. 6, 2019, also at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Big Red increased its lead in the series to 80-71-13 with the victory.

• Cornell shut out Harvard for the first time since Jan. 18, 2019, at Lynah Rink. It was the first time blanking the Crimson on its home ice since Jan. 26, 2018. Matthew Galajda was the goaltender in both contests.

• The Big Red held Harvard to just one shot on goal in the first period, matching the fewest shots allowed in a single period this season. The previous two instances also came in the first period against Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 28) and Dartmouth (Nov. 10).

• With the win, Cornell extended its overall and road unbeaten streaks to seven games, respectively. Cornell is 5-0-2 over its last seven games, marking the program’s longest unbeaten streak since combining for a 7-0-1 record early in the 2021-22 season (Nov. 6, 2021 to Dec. 4, 2021).

• The seven consecutive games without a loss on the road or at a neutral site (5-0-2) marks the program’s first seven-game stretch away from Lynah Rink without being dealt a loss since Dec. 1, 2018 to Feb. 15, 2019 (4-0-3). It is the 13th time in the program’s 107-year history that it has posted a seven-game unbeaten streak away from Ithaca and the seventh instance under Mike Schafer ’86.

UNBEATEN STREAKS OF 7+ GAMES AWAY FROM HOME
Under Mike Schafer (Since 1995-96)
 • 10 games (10-0-0) — Jan. 14, 2005 – March 26, 2005
• 9 games (7-0-2) — Dec. 2, 2017 – Feb. 23, 2018
• 8 games (7-0-1) — Feb. 14, 2003 – March 30, 2003
• 8 games (7-0-1) — Jan. 7, 2017 – March 17, 2017
• 7 games (6-0-1) — Nov. 7, 2003 – Jan. 9, 2004
• 7 games (4-0-3) — Dec. 1, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019
• 7 games (5-0-2) — Nov. 25, 2023 – Present

• Senior forward Gabriel Seger went 16-of-22 (.727) at the faceoff circle on Friday to become the eighth active Division I player to amass at least 1,100 faceoff wins.

MOST CAREER FACEOFF WINS
Active Division I Players
• Dustin Manz (AIC) — 1517
• Nolan Sullivan (Omaha) — 1405
• Jaxon Nelson (Minnesota) — 1251
• Clayton Cosentino (Air Force) — 1207
• Ryan Miotto (Vermont) — 1160
• Carter Wilkie (RIT) — 1152
• David Silye (Wisconsin) — 1104
• Gabriel Seger (Cornell) — 1103

• Following the win, Cornell improved to 9-1-3 on the year when scoring first, 7-0-1 when leading after the opening 20 minutes of play, and 9-0-2 when heading into the final regulation period with a lead. The Big Red is now 7-0-0 when allowing one goal or less.

UP NEXT

Cornell will conclude its road trip when it travels north to Hanover, N.H., to take on Dartmouth on Saturday night at Thompson Arena. Puck drop of the ECAC Hockey and Ivy League contest between the Big Red and Big Green is scheduled for 7 p.m. Game action will be broadcast on ESPN+ and over the airwaves on WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM, whcuradio.com).