ITHACA, N.Y. – The Big Red carries a four-game winning streak into the fourth edition of Red Hot Hockey, the biennial event pitting Cornell against Boston University at famed Madison Square Garden in New York.
#14/14 CORNELL vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
TIME: 8 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, November 30
PLACE: Madison Square Garden ∙ New York, N.Y.
RECORDS: Cornell 7-3-1, 4-3-1 ECAC Hockey ∙ Boston U. 6-6-1, 2-3 Hockey East
RADIO: WHCU-AM (870)
LIVE STATS: www.sidearmstats.com/cornell/mhockey
WHAT’S ON TAP
The Big Red carries a four-game winning streak into the fourth edition of Red Hot Hockey, the biennial event pitting Cornell against Boston University at famed Madison Square Garden in New York. The new Ivy League Digital Network subscription service will have both live video and audio of the game, featuring play-by-play from Jason Weinstein and color commentary from Tony Eisenhut. Their call can also be heard in the Ithaca area on WHCU-AM (870).
ABOUT THE BIG RED
Cornell is coming off a wild 4-2 victory over Niagara in which freshman goalie Mitch Gillam not only earned the victory with 24 saves in his first collegiate start, but he also became just the eighth goalie in NCAA Division I history to score a goal. Freshman Patrick McCarron scored the Big Red’s second four-on-four goal of the night to give the home side a one-goal lead heading into the third period, then Gillam iced the game with a 180-foot shot into the Purple Eagles’ empty net with 8.6 seconds remaining in the third period. ... Senior goalie Andy Iles is the reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week after making 55 saves on 57 shots in the Big Red’s home sweep of Brown and defending national champion Yale last weekend. Freshman Eric Freschi scored twice and joined Matt Buckles and Reece Willcox in scoring their first collegiate goals in a 5-1 victory over the Bears on Friday. Junior Brian Ferlin then scored a power-play goal and assisted on junior Joel Lowry’s winner early in the second period in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Yale. ... Entering Friday’s games, the Big Red is tied with Connecticut for the most effective power play in the nation with a 29.6 percent conversion rate. Cornell has scored at least one power-play goal over its last five games. ... Junior John McCarron (3 goals, 10 assists – 13 points) is part of a three-way tie for the team lead in scoring with classmates Brian Ferlin (7-6–13) and Lowry (6-7–13). Ferlin has five goals in his last five games and Lowry has seven points over the same five-game span. ... Junior Joakim Ryan (3-9–12) has a team-best five-game scoring streak and is tied for the national lead in points per game for defensemen (1.09). ... With his streak of 80 consecutive starts snapped earlier this week, senior goaltender Andy Iles (6-3-1, 2.39 goals-against average, .915 save percentage) is in line to return to the crease against the Terriers.
ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The Terriers enter the weekend at the .500 mark on the heels of home wins against Connecticut and North Dakota, plus a tie against North Dakota to close out last weekend’s series at Agganis Arena. The three-game unbeaten streak followed the program’s worst loss in 18 years, a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Maine on Nov. 15. ... David Quinn is in his first season as the head coach of his alma mater, taking the reins from the legendary Jack Parker. ... The Terriers have the rare distinction of having two defensemen tied for the team lead in scoring senior Garrett Noonan (3-8–11) and Ahti Oksanen (2-9–11). Senior forward Danny O’Regan (5-4–9) leads the team in goals. ... Sophomore goalie Matt O’Connor (5-2-1, 2.80, .926) was the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week following a 55-save performance last Saturday against North Dakota.
THE SERIES WITH BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Two long-time rivals, Cornell and Boston University have met 43 times, with the Big Red holding a 23-18-2 lead in the all-time series. The two programs have combined to win seven NCAA championships, with the Big Red defeating the Terriers for the title in 1967, Cornell’s first national championship. Moving to recent times, Boston University has won two of the first three versions of Red Hot Hockey, with the 2009 meeting ending in a 3-3 tie. The last time the teams met in 2011 at Madison Square Garden, the Terriers’ Ross Gaudet scored on a deflection in overtime to secure a 2-1 victory for BU. The Terriers also won the first incarnation of Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden in 2007, 6-3, snapping a three-game Cornell winning streak in the series. Under Cornell head coach Mike Schafer, the Big Red is 3-4-1 against the Terriers.
CORNELL AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Aside from the first three games of Red Hot Hockey, Cornell once again played at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” last season in the inaugural Frozen Apple. Playing host to perennial NCAA contender Michigan, the Big Red got two goals and an assist from leading scorer Greg Miller and handily defeated the Wolverines, 5-1, in front of yet another sold-out crowd at The Garden.