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Cornell ties with Dartmouth, big green take shootout

The No. 13-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team and Dartmouth played to a 2-2 tie at Thompson Arena on Saturday night, and the Big Green took the extra point in the shootout for ECAC Hockey standings purposes.

Freshmen Ryan Walsh and Ben Robertson scored the goals in regulation for Cornell (11-4-4, 6-4-2 ECAC) as the Big Red saw its five-game win streak snapped, but its unbeaten streak extended to eight games (5-0-3).

CJ Foley and Sean Chisholm scored in regulation for Dartmouth (5-8-7, 3-5-5 ECAC).

Junior goaltender Ian Shane made 29 saves between the pipes for the Big Red while his counterpart, Cooper Black, shoved aside 20 Cornell shots.

Neither team found the back of the net over the opening 20 minutes of play as Dartmouth doubled up Cornell in shots on goal, 10-5. Four of the Big Green’s shots in the frame came during its pair of power-play opportunities, which the Big Red successfully killed off.

Cornell had its lone shot on goal during its first-period power play saved as the 6-foot-8 Black got his right pad on a cross-crease save, robbing Walsh of a goal on a one-timer off a pass from senior forward Gabriel Seger.

The teams evenly split four goals in a high-scoring middle frame ignited by Walsh, who backhanded a shot over Black’s right shoulder five minutes into the period. Junior defenseman Tim Rego created the scoring chance by sending a 50-foot stretch pass from one blue line to the other. Freshman forward Jake Kraft garnered the secondary assist.

Dartmouth tallied the following two goals to take a 2-1 lead as Foley netted the tying goal following a scrum to the left of Cornell’s goal. Ryan Sorkin and Oskari Vuorio set up Foley for his third goal of the year.

Six minutes later, Chisholm tallied a power-play marker after Shane saved Matt Fusco’s initial shot that deflected off a skate of a Cornell defender, leading to Chisholm beating Shane over his right shoulder.

The Big Red and Big Green had coincidental minor penalties following a stoppage of play in the final minute of the second period. Only 21 seconds later, Dartmouth would be assessed an interference penalty to give Cornell a 4-on-3 power play.

On the ensuing faceoff, Robertson capitalized on a pass from Seger, depositing the puck into a relatively open cage. Black was caught off guard as sophomore forward Dalton Bancroft’s shot from the point was blocked by a Dartmouth defender.

Following a scoreless third period, Cornell and Dartmouth swapped scoring chances in the 3-on-3 overtime period, including a save by Shane early on in the extra frame, robbing Chisholm of a game-winning tally as he went from left-to-right across the top of the goal crease.

In the shootout, Dartmouth converted on its first two attempts, while Bancroft had his attempt ring off the post before Black stopped Seger’s chance to solidify the shootout victory.

GAME NOTES
• Saturday was the 146th meeting between the Ivy League rivals, dating back to Feb. 5, 1909. Cornell extended its unbeaten over Dartmouth to seven games (4-0-3) and is 8-3-4 over the last 15 meetings with the Big Green. The Big Red’s lead in the series now stands at 87-50-9 following the draw.

• The tie marks the eighth consecutive contest between Cornell and Dartmouth to have been decided by one goal or less. During that span, Cornell’s record now stands at 4-1-3. Along with the eight consecutive decisions, nine of the last 10 and 22 of the previous 32 have also fit the criteria.

• Cornell extended its unbeaten streak away from Lynah Rink to eight games (5-0-3), marking the program’s first time in which it has not lost a game played on the road or at a neutral site since collecting a 7-0-2 record from Dec. 2, 2017 to Feb. 23, 2018. It is the 11th time in the program’s 107-year history that it has posted an eight-game unbeaten streak away from Ithaca and is the fifth instance under Mike Schafer ’86.

UNBEATEN STREAKS OF 8+ GAMES AWAY FROM HOME
Program History
• 18 games (17-0-1) — Nov. 26, 1966 – March 18, 1967
• 17 games (17-0-0) — Dec. 6, 1969 – March 21, 1970
• 15 games (15-0-0) — Dec. 20, 1968 – March 14, 1969
• 14 games (14-0-0) — Dec. 13, 1967 – March 9, 1968
• 13 games (13-0-0) — Feb. 5, 1910 – Dec. 26, 1911
• 10 games (10-0-0) — Jan. 14, 2005 – March 26, 2005
• 9 games (9-0-0) — Nov. 16, 1985 – Feb. 8, 1986
• 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
• 8 games (5-0-3) — Nov. 25, 2023 – Present

• With his second-period goal, Robertson entered a five-way tie for the ninth-most points by a freshmen defenseman, matching Dan Ratushny (1988-89), Larry Pierce (1997-98), Mike Devin (2007-08), and Alec McCrae (2015-16).

MOST POINTS BY A FRESHMAN DEFENSEMAN
Cornell Program History (Since 1975-76)
• Chris Norton (1984-85) — 23 points (4 goals, 19 assists)
• Mark McRae (1999-00) — 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists)
• Bruce Frauley (1987-88) — 19 points (1 goal, 18 assists)
• Nick D’Agostino (2009-10) — 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists)
• Steve Inglehart (1982-83) — 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists)
• Joakim Ryan (2011-12) — 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists)
• Steve Wilson (1993-94) — 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists)
• Sam Malinski (2019-20) — 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists)
• Dan Ratushny (1988-89) — 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists)
• Larry Pierce (1997-98) — 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists)
• Mike Devin (2007-08) — 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists)
• Alec McCrae (2015-16) — 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists)
• Ben Robertson (2023-24) — 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists)

• During Cornell’s unbeaten streak, Shane has compiled a 5-0-3 record with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage (158 saves on 171 shots faced). Across his six outings in January, he has a 5-0-1 mark with a 1.45 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. This weekend alone, Shane compiled an ECAC Hockey-best 0.96 goals-against average (two goals allowed over 125 minutes) and a .957 save percentage (45 saved on 47 shots).

UP NEXT

Cornell will return home next weekend for a pair of ECAC Hockey contests against St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m. puck drops from Lynah Rink, and game action will be broadcast on ESPN+ and over the airwaves on WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM, whcuradio.com).