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What You Missed Over Winter Break: Cornell Hockey
It’s been a long break, and we now have about one month left in the ECAC season. We’ll be taking a look at the progress of men’s and women’s hockey since we were last on the Hill, and then we’ll preview what’s ahead for both clubs.
Since December 5th, the women’s team has gone 2-3-2, winning two against Dartmouth and Yale, losing three against 9/9 Harvard, Colgate, and St. Lawrence, and tying against Brown and 5/5 Clarkson. They’re currently 9th in the ECAC with 12 points, so if the playoffs were to start today, they would be one place outside of contention. Hanna Bunton leads the team with 22 points, followed by Jess Brown (15) and Kaitlin Doering (15). So far this season goalie Paula Voorheis has a 2.42 GAA and a .910 Save%.
The team will take on Union and RPI this weekend on the road, and that’ll be the second-to-last road trip of the season. There are just eight ECAC games left, so each one counts so far.
The men’s team has slipped significantly since Fall semester, as they’re now 6-4-2 in ECAC play and 11-5-3 overall: they went 3-4-1 over break, and two of those wins came against unranked Merrimack. They’re currently on a four-game winless streak, as they lost to RPI despite playing well, tying against Union in overtime, and then losing to Dartmouth and Harvard this past weekend in brutal losses. They’ve slipped to 5th overall in the ECAC standings, so if the season were to end today they would not have their first round bye. Statistical leaders are Jeff Kubiak in points at 16, followed by Anthony Angello (14) and Mitch Vanderlaan (12). Angello leads the team in goals at 8, followed by Kubiak (6) and Vanderlaan (5). Mitch Gillam, in 19 games, has a .925 Save% and 1.99 GAA, so…. he’s still really good.
The team will take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend on the road, so these are two games they absolutely need to win, at least if they want the bye.
Corrections: The original publish stated that the women’s team would be in the playoffs if the season ended today; they would not be as the 9th place team. This edition has changed that.