|2nd||3:00||COR||1-0||EV GW||Jeff Kubiak (5)||Mitch Vanderlaan/4, Anthony Angello/5|
|2nd||11:02||COR||2-0||PP||Reece Willcox (2)||Mitch Vanderlaan/5, Patrick McCarron/5|
|3rd||19:44||COR||3-0||EV EN||Dwyer Tschantz (1)||Patrick McCarron/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Collin Delia (L, 6-5-5)||59:18||2||6||11||0||17|
|Mitch Gillam (W, 10-2-2)||59:49||0||8||11||7||26|
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team was held without a goal for the second straight game in a 3-0 road shutout loss at No. 9 Cornell on Friday night at Lynah Rink.
Score: Cornell 3, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (7-8-5) | #9/9 Cornell (10-2-2)
Location: Lynah Rink | Ithaca, N.Y.
How It Happened
Making its first-ever trip to Lynah Rink, Merrimack and Cornell took to the ice for the first time since meeting once in 1996 and 1999 in the Syracuse Invitational.
The first period featured a power of power plays for each side, but not much else in terms of offense. There were 14 combined shots on goal altogether, as physical play was the theme throughout the first 20 minutes.
Cornell struck twice in the second to grab a 2-0 lead after two periods. Jeff Kubiak scored from the near circle three minutes into the period to put the Big Red on the board, and a Reece Willcox power play marker at 11:02 gave the hosts a two-goal advantage.
Things opened up quite a bit in the second period, as well, as Cornell held a 13-11 edge in shots on goal, although Merrimack appeared to have the majority of the quality scoring chances.
But the start of the third saw the game become a hard-hitting, physical battle again, as Merrimack had the only two shot attempts in the first 10 minutes of the period. That theme would hold through the remainder of regulation, as an empty-net goal from Dwyer Tschantz with 15 seconds left wrapped it up for the Big Red.
How They Scored
CU #1 | P2 3:00 - Kubiak comes off the half board and scores from the dot, going over the blocker and into the upper-left corner of the net.
CU #2 (PP) | P2 11:02 - Willcox one-timer from above the circles, center point, goes untouched into the lower left side of the net.
CU #3 (EN) | P3 19:45 - Tschantz fires the puck into an empty net from the far circle.
Inside The Numbers
- The loss was Merrimack's fourth straight, as the Warriors moved to 1-7-2 in their last 10 games after starting the season 6-1-3
- Merrimack also dipped to below .500 for the first time this season
- The Warriors outshot Cornell by a 7-1 margin in the third and 26-20 overall on the night
- Playing for the first time since Dec. 11 at Connecticut, sophomore goaltender Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) turned away 17 of the 20 shots he faced
- His counterpart, Mitch Gillam, improved to 10-2-2 and picked up his fourth shutout of the year after denying all 26 Merrimack shots on goal
Merrimack and Cornell conclude the two-game w