January 11, 2011

ECAC Hockey Journal: Cornell's roller-coaster streak

Cornell's Joe Devin (Scituate, Mass.) had three points against Quinnipiac, including a dramatic overtime goal. (photo: Patrick Shanahan/ Cornell Athletic Communications)

Cornell has been patiently waiting for some sustained success this season.

In an odd trend, the Big Red have not strayed from streaking in this manner: Win two games in a row, then go winless in the next three. They have done that on three separate occasions this winter.

With wins in their last two games over Princeton and Quinnipiac, they are off and running with a similar streak once again. But thanks to Joe Devin, Cornell just might carry enough momentum to notch its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Devin (Scituate, Mass.) tallied three points in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Bobcats, including a dramatic overtime goal that sent the Big Red home happy from Hamden, Conn.

Two minutes and 14 seconds into the extra frame, Devin skated into the faceoff dot on a two-on-one break and ripped a shot under the crossbar to end the game.

Devin was similarly quick off the game’s opening drop of the puck, scoring just 1:35 into the game. He beat Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell on Cornell’s first shot of the game to jump out to a quick lead.

With the three-point effort, Devin is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and third in points (10).

Cornell goalie Andy Iles returned to the team after participating with the U.S. Junior National Team at the IIHF World Championships in Buffalo. He stopped 32 shots in the victory over Quinnipiac.

Cornell (6-8-1, 4-4-0) faces off against RPI on Friday with a shot at that elusive three-game winning streak.

NEHJ Player of the Week

Kyle Bodie, Union

The sophomore forward led the charge for No. 15 Union (13-6-3, 5-2-1) in its two wins last weekend. Bodie scored twice in an 8-1 shellacking of Clarkson on Saturday. He also scored an empty-netter and had an assist in a 3-1 win over St. Lawrence. Bodie’s younger brother, Mat, continued his phenomenal freshman season with a goal of his own against Clarkson. He now has 20 points on the season (3 goals, 17 assists).

Looking Ahead

Brown at Yale, Saturday

Brown has just two wins in its last nine games and faces the unenviable task of trying to get back in the ‘W’ column against the nation’s No. 1 team. Yale still holds the longest current winning streak in the country at 10 games.

Around ECAC Hockey

Union wasn’t the only school with a pair of brothers who had a productive weekend.Harvard’s Michael and Danny Biega also had themselves a nice two-game stretch, though the Crimson lost both of its weekend games. Michael, a senior, scored three goals in the second period in a 4-3 loss to Brown. Danny assisted on two of his brother’s scores. Then Danny, a sophomore, scored twice, with Michael assisting on one of the goals, in a 4-2 loss to Yale. The Biega pair played with older brother Alex last season. He now plays for the AHL’s Portland Pirates. …

Yale coach Keith Allain (Worcester, Mass.) got a win over Ivy League rival Harvard in his first game back from Buffalo, N.Y., where he helped the U.S. Junior National Team win a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championships. …

Dartmouth goalie James Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) stopped 35 shots and allowed just two goals in a 2-1 loss to Yale over the weekend. It was Yale’s lowest-scoring output of the season. …

Clarkson (11-8-2) had a five-game ECAC winning streak intact until losing to Union, 8-1. The Golden Knights were outshot 52-19 in the loss. …

Princeton(11-6-1, 7-4-1)scored three times on the power play to beat Colgate,5-4, on Sunday. The Tigers remain in second place in ECAC with 15 points. Colgate (3-16-1, 0-7-1) is still looking for its first conference win. …

Last season’s ECAC Player of the Year, RPI(12-5-3, 4-4-0) senior Chase Polacek, had a goal and two assists to lead his team to a 5-3 win over St. Lawrence (6-10-3, 3-6-0). Polacek now has 29 points in his senior season, which leads the conference.

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