Harvard awaits after Big Red crushes Union in ECAC semifinal

Cornell men’s ice hockey has faced Union in four consecutive ECAC tournaments, and last night they blew past the Skating Dutchmen 4-1 to advance to tonight’s championship game. The Big Red’s archrival Harvard Crimson await for the 7:30pm contest.

Cornell will face Harvard on Saturday night for the Whitelaw Cup. 14850 file photo.

Neither team scored in the first period of the late semifinal at the 1980 Olympic Rink in Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena on Friday, but the Big Red set the tone for the game by outshooting Union 21-7 — in just that first stanza.

Freshman Noah Bauld and senior Jake Weidner scored the all-important pair of goals in the second period that put the Red ahead for good. Union didn’t get on the board until a power play goal in the third period, but Cornell answered with a pair of late insurance goals from Eric Freschi on a shot from Alex Rauter and Beau Starrett on the rebound.

The 7:30pm championship game against the top-seeded Crimson will be televised on American Sports Network, including on SportsNet NY, available on Time Warner Cable (Spectrum) in Ithaca on channels 24 and 320, and on TSN2 across Canada.

It’s the Big Red’s first appearance in the ECAC title game since their 2010 win in Albany, and the first matchup between Red and Crimson in the final since 2006. Cornell is looking for its league-best 13th ECAC title.

If you don’t have cable, or your cable package doesn’t include SNY, Uncle Joe’s Grill and Sports Bar on West Green Street gets SNY. They say if you don’t see the game on their TVs when you come in, just ask a server to set one of the TVs to show it.

The Big Red’s most recent of a league-best 12 ECAC titles came in 2010, the last year the tournament was held in Albany. Cornell went to the tournament two of its three years in Atlantic City, but didn’t come away with the Whitelaw Cup either time.

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