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Seger logs 100th career point as #13 Cornell downs RPI

Senior forward Gabriel Seger recorded his 100th career point as the No. 13-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team defeated RPI, 4-1, at the Houston Field House in ECAC Hockey action on Friday night.

Seger was one of four goal scorers for Cornell (14-4-4, 9-4-2 ECAC) as the Big Red increased its unbeaten streak to 11 games (8-0-3) with the victory.

Joining Seger in netting goals for the victorious Big Red were freshmen forwards Jonathan Castagna and Luke Devlin and junior forward Ondrej Psenicka. Fellow junior forward Sullivan Mack was the lone Cornell player to notch a multi-point night, assisting on a pair of tallies.

Junior goaltender Ian Shane made 19 saves in the victory for the Big Red, improving his figures during its unbeaten streak to a 1.50 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Austin Heidemann scored the lone goal for RPI (8-17-2, 4-9-1 ECAC), who also had a 28-save performance from goaltender Jack Watson.

Castagna scored the game’s first goal off a feed from Mack just shy of four minutes into the contest. Mack, who drew a tripping penalty on the play, set up the marker with a pass while on one knee in front of the goal crease.

Devlin extended the Big Red’s lead — and his goal streak to three — on a partial wrap-around with under 90 seconds left in the opening frame. Fellow freshman forward Tyler Catalano also increased his point streak to three games after logging the lone assist.

RPI cut the Big Red’s lead in half in the second period as Heidemann lasered a shot past Shane from the mid-slot through traffic in the waning seconds of the Engineers’ power play.

Seger reached the century mark for career points when he potted the first of two Big Red goals in under two minutes, tucking the puck past Watson on a breakaway chance. During the play, Seger was hooked by an RPI player, leading Cornell to its second power play of the night after scoring.

This time, the Big Red capitalized on its man advantage as Psenicka roofed a back-handed shot in the low slot past Watson with 15 seconds left on the man advantage.

GAME NOTES
• Friday was the 119th all-time meeting between Cornell and RPI. The Big Red improved its overall record against the Engineers to 69-39-11 with the triumph and has won six of the last seven (6-0-1) while outscoring RPI by a 33-17 margin. Cornell’s last seven victories over RPI have featured the Big Red scoring at least three goals, averaging 5.17 goals per victory.

• With the victory, Cornell matched Wisconsin (10-0-1) for the longest unbeaten streak in Division I hockey this season. It is only the third unbeaten streak of at least 10 games, as Arizona State (6-0-4) was the only other program not to lose any games over at least a 10-game span.

10-PLUS-GAME UNBEATEN STREAKS
This Season
• 11 games — Wisconsin (10-0-1) — Nov. 25, 2023 – Jan. 13, 2024
• 11 games — Cornell (8-0-3) — Dec. 29, 2023 – Present
• 10 games — Arizona State (6-0-4) — Dec. 1, 2023 – Jan. 6, 2024

• Cornell’s 11-game unbeaten streak is tied for the third-longest stretch without a loss in the Mike Schafer ’86 era, dating back to 1995-96. It is the Big Red’s longest unbeaten streak since collecting 11 consecutive wins over the final nine regular-season games of the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season and the first two games of the 2021-22 campaign.

LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAKS
Mike Schafer ’86 Era (Since 1995-96)
• 19 games — 18-0-1 — Jan. 14, 2005 – March 26, 2005
• 15 games — 14-0-1 — Feb. 1, 2003 – March 30, 2003
• 11 games — 10-0-1 — Dec. 2, 2017 – Feb. 2, 2018
• 11 games — 11-0-0 — Feb. 1, 2020 – Oct. 30, 2021 (two seasons)
• 11 games — 8-0-3 — Dec. 29, 2023 – Present

• The win also extended Cornell’s unbeaten streak in games away from Lynah Rink to nine, marking the program’s best stretch since posting a 7-0-2 record from Dec. 2, 2017 to Feb. 23, 2018. The nine-game stretch is tied for the seventh-longest in program history.

LONGEST ROAD UNBEATEN STREAKS
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
• 13 games — 13-0-0 — Feb. 5, 1910 – Dec. 26, 1911 (two seasons)
• 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
• 9 games — 6-0-3 — Nov. 25, 2023 – Present

• Friday’s win extended Cornell’s unbeaten streak in 2024 to nine games, marking the best stretch to open a calendar year since going 8-0-1 in 2018.

LONGEST UNBEATEN STREAKS TO OPEN CALENDAR YEAR
Program History
• 21 games — 21-0-0 — 1970
• 18 games — 18-0-0 — 1969
• 16 games — 16-0-0 — 1968
• 9 games — 9-0-0 — 1911
• 9 games — 8-0-1 — 2018
• 9 games — 8-0-1 — 2024

• With his third-period goal, Seger became the 14th Division I skater to reach the 100-point plateau (31-69—100). He is just the third active ECAC Hockey player to reach the century mark, joining Quinnipiac’s Collin Graf (47-71—118) and Clarkson’s Mathieu Gosselin (39-68—107). 

CAREER POINT LEADERS
Active Division I Players
• Andre Ghantous (Northern Michigan) – 51-99—149
• Massimo Rizzo (Denver) — 39-87—126
• Riese Gaber (North Dakota) — 60-61—121
• Collin Graf (Quinnipiac) — 47-71—118
• Zach Okabe (St. Cloud State) — 49-65—114
• Bryce Brodzinski (Minnesota) — 59-51—110
• Mathieu Gosselin (Clarkson) — 39-68—107
• Lukas Sillinger (Arizona State) — 39-68—107
• Braeden Tuck (Sacred Heart) — 32-74—106
• Veeti Miettinen (St. Cloud State) — 46-59—105
• Alex Campbell (Northeastern) — 49-54—103
• Ryan Naumovski (Augustana) — 29-72—101
• Matthew Kopperud (Arizona State) — 58-42—100
• Gabriel Seger (Cornell) — 31-69—100

• During its 11-game unbeaten streak, Cornell has limited its opponents to two or fewer goals in each contest, allowing just 17 goals during the span (1.55 goals per game). The Big Red’s average margin of victory during the streak currently stands at 2.09 goals.

• With the four-goal output, Cornell improved to 12-1-0 when scoring at least three goals this season and is 14-1-4 when allowing two goals or less, including a perfect 9-0-0 mark when conceding one goal or fewer.

UP NEXT
Cornell will return to action on Saturday night when it ventures across the Hudson River to Schenectady, N.Y., for a battle against Union (13-12-2, 7-6-2 ECAC). Puck drop between the Big Red and Garnet Chargers at Messa Rink at Achilles Center 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).

Union defeated Colgate, 5-3, behind a three-goal first period and scoring four unanswered goals. The Garnet Chargers scored an empty-net goal after conceding two goals in 15 seconds to make it a 4-3 contest early in the third period.

Liam Robertson scored a hat trick for Union, the program’s first three-goal game since 2017.