Saturday, November 30, 2013

Red Hot Hockey Round 4

Tonight the fourth installment of the semi annual Red Hot Hockey showdown between Boston University and Cornell at takes place at Madison Square Garden.
Opening face-off of Red Hot Hockey 2011.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
BU won the first match up 6-3 in November 2007. Two years later, BU battled back from an 0-2 hole and with two third period (one in the final minute) forced a 3-3 tie with Big Red. In the most recent meeting in 2011, Ross Gaudet tipped Max Nicastro's shot through his legs and into the net in overtime four a 2-1 win for BU.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell jumped out of the gates to quick start, going 3-0-0 in their first three games that included a sweep at Nebraska-Omaha. Then, in their next four games, the Big Red picked up just a tie against RPI and lost to Qunnipiac (3-0), Union (3-0) and Clarkson (3-2). Their last three games went just as they started the season: perfect. Cornell downed St. Lawrence (5-2), Brown (5-1) and Yale (2-1).

Through 10 games played, four juniors are all within three points for the leading scorer race. John MaCarron leads the pack with 13 points, three goals and ten assists. Brian Ferlin and Joel Lowry are tied for the team lead in goals with six but Farlin has one more assist. Joakim Ryan has three goals and seven assist to round out the junior scoring domination. He is the loan defenseman of the group. 

Andy Iles will get the start in the Cornell goal. Iles, who was a sophomore the last time these two teams met, comes into this game with a 6-3-1 record in ten appearances. In 603 minutes played, the senior from Ithaca, New York posted a .915 save percentage and a 2.39 goals against average.

NCAA History
BU and Cornell have only met twice in the NCAA Tournament, both times were in the National Championship game. Cornell won the 1967 National Championship game by a score of 4-1. BU got even in 1972, as they dropped The Big Red 4-0 in the National Title Game.

Quick Hits
- Matt O'Connor will again start in net
- Several players missed practice this week with illness. It is unknown at this time who is out.

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