ITHACA, N.Y. — Junior forward Morgan Barron scored three times in less than 23 minutes before later adding an assist, and the Cornell men's hockey team nailed down a 6-2 victory over Yale on Saturday night at Lynah Rink.
Cornell was challenged by Mike Schafer '86, the Jay R. Bloom '77 Head Coach of Men's Hockey, to come out with a stronger start than it had in its first three games of the season. The team answered the call in spades.
Sophomore defenseman Joe Leahy made the most of his first game of the season, assisting on Barron's first goal just 3:10 into the game before sliding in his own goal just over two minutes later to give fourth-ranked Cornell (4-0, 2-0 ECAC Hockey, 2-0 Ivy League) a two-goal lead before Yale (1-3, 1-3, 1-2) even had its first shot on goal.
"We talked about it before the game that they were going to come out pissed off about losing last night (at Colgate)," Barron said. "So we wanted to get that first five minutes under our belts."
The Big Red did more than just that – it took a stranglehold on the game. Barron's second goal came late in the first to extend the lead to three, then he struck with a laser on the rush during an early-second-period power play to push the lead to 4-0.
"He's a flat-out beast when he wins puck battles and the way he can shoot the puck … he has a pro shot," Schafer said. "When he combines that with determination and moving his feet like he did tonight, he can be almost unstoppable."
Sophomore forward Max Andreev scored one of Cornell's two power-play goals and added two assists for his first three-point night in the collegiate ranks. Junior goaltender Matthew Galajda made 13 of his 24 saves in the third period to earn his fourth straight victory.
Freshman forward Zach Tupker's first collegiate goal came on a brekaway early in the third period, giving Cornell its sixth goal.
"He just blew by that (defenseman) and made something out of nothing," Leahy said.
The Big Red's Lineup
How The Goals Were Scored
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• Cornell starts its ECAC Hockey travels in the same place it concluded them last year — in the North Country. The Big Red takes on Clarkson in a rematch of last year's ECAC Hockey championship game at 7 p.m. Friday, then wraps up the trip with a 7 p.m. Saturday tilt against St. Lawrence at SUNY Canton.