Cornell men’s ice hockey extended its national-best unbeaten streak to 11 games on Friday night with a late goal to break a stalemate with Union for a 4-3 win, but fell to RPI on Saturday.
Friday night’s close game against the visiting Union Dutchmen came down to a power play goal from freshman Brenden Locke with just over two minutes left in regulation to break the 3-3 tie. Cornell had leapt out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Union poured on the pressure in the second, scoring their first, then after Cornell answered with a third, adding two more before the end of the period.
On Saturday, Rensselaer scored a fluke goal just twenty seconds into the game, and never gave up the lead. Senior forward Jared Fiegl added the Big Red’s only tally on the night early in the third period, but Cornell couldn’t catch up.
Cornell’s 10-game unbeaten streak after last weekend was good enough for a #1 ranking in both USCHO and USA Today college hockey polls. New poll results will be out on Monday afternoon, and the Big Red is likely to drop a bit, as they did in the purely mathematical pairwise rankings.
“(RPI) played hard throughout the course of the night and we didn’t respond well to it,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer said. “A little taste of a loss will go a long, long way for this hockey team.” The Big Red next head to Clarkson and St. Lawrence next Friday and Saturday. Clarkson is one of the two other teams to best the Big Red so far this season, but they, too, slid this weekend, losing on the road at Quinnipiac and Princeton.