Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's Getting Red Hot In Here

Top: Cornell's Ken
Dryden. Bottom:BU's
Mike Eruzione. Both
program's most
famous alumni.
Saturday, BU and Cornell will renew their longtime rivalry in the third edition of Red Hot Hockey in New York City at Madison Square Garden. BU won convincingly at the first RHH, 6-3 on November 24th, 2007. That game marked the first time MSG was sold out for a college hockey game, as the arena saw all 18,000 seats filled with college hockey fans.

Cornell looked as if they we going to blow out BU on November 28th 2010, again at The World's Most Famous Arena after they took an early 2-0 first period lead. A Dave Warsofsky shorthanded goal cut the lead to 2-1 before Cornell regained a two goal lead just a minute and a half later. Nick Bonino made it 3-2 minutes into the third and Chris Connolly buried a rebound with one minute left in the game to tie it at three. BU dominated the overtime, but could not get the game winner.
Scorebord from Red Hot Hockey
take 2.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Yes, this is not BU-BC, but this used to be almost, if not a bigger rivalry than BU-BC. The Terriers and Big Red have been battling it out for decades. BU lost the 1967 National Championship game to Cornell, but five years later the Terriers got their revenge, dropping the Big Red 4-1 in the ECAC Championship game and seven days later in the National Championship Game. The rivalry was so intense that Cornell even had "beat BU" in their fight song. The first ever BU-CU game took place in 1925, BU won 7-2 in Ithaca.

Since BU seceded from the ECAC in 1983, the rivalry has died down a bit, but the first game at MSG definitely gave the fire a huge stoke.

For more coverage on the BU-Cornell rivalry, check out the Terrier Hockey Fan Blog's Red Hot Hockey Since 1925.

Game preview wil be up on Friday morning.

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