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ITHACA, N.Y. – Off to its best start in six years, the 18th-ranked Cornell men’s hockey team will play its first Ivy League road games of the season when it visits #10/11 Yale at 7 p.m. Friday and Brown at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be broadcast by the subscription-based Ivy League Digital Network. Jason Weinstein will also provide Cornell play-by-play, which can be heard in the Ithaca area on WHCU (870 AM, 95.9 FM).

#18 CORNELL at #10/11 YALE
TIME: 7 p.m.
DATE: Friday, November 20, 2015
PLACE: Ingalls Rink  ·  New Haven, Conn.
RECORDS: Cornell 5-1, 3-1 ECAC Hockey, 1-0 Ivy League  ·  Yale 4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey, 1-0-1 Ivy League
LIVE VIDEO: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
RADIO: WHCU (870 AM, 95.9 FM)
LIVE STATS: YaleBulldogs.com

#18 CORNELL at BROWN
TIME: 7 p.m.
DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2015
PLACE: Meehan Auditorium  ·  Providence, R.I.
RECORDS*: Cornell 5-1, 3-1 ECAC Hockey, 1-0 Ivy League  ·  Brown 1-3-1, 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey, 0-2 Ivy League
LIVE VIDEO: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com
RADIO: WHCU (870 AM, 95.9 FM)
LIVE STATS: BrownBears.com
* – records do not include Friday’s results

Cornell game notes (PDF)
Yale game notes (PDF)
Brown game notes (coming soon)

About the Big Red:
Cornell is coming off a home-and-home sweep of Colgate last weekend. Freshman Anthony Angello capped a 3-2 win with an overtime goal Saturday at Starr Rink in Hamilton. The Big Red skated to a 5-1 rout in Friday’s opener in Ithaca, when five different scorers led Cornell to five goals in the first two periods for the first time since Jan. 30, 2010.

Cornell has enjoyed an offensive renaissance, scoring at least three goals in all six games to date. Its average of 3.83 goals per game is currently tied for eighth in the nation … Junior forward Jeff Kubiak (3-6–9) has points in all six games, leads the team in scoring, rating (plus-8) and faceoff percentage (63.9). Angello (4-3–7) leads the team in goals. … Junior Mitch Gillam (5-1, 2.14, .915, SO) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week after last weekend’s sweep of Colgate.

About Yale:

Just as the Big Red has seen overtime three times in just six games, so have the Bulldogs after splitting a pair of overtime affairs on the road last weekend. Yale controlled play for most of Friday’s game at RPI, only to surrender the winner in transition. Junior forward Frankie DiChiara then scored in the third period to force overtime the next night at Union, with Andrew Gaus scoring Yale’s winner with a minute left.

Freshman forward Joe Snively (4-2–6) holds the early lead in team scoring by one point over senior forward Stu Wilson (1-4–5). DiChiara (2-2–4) led the team in scoring last season. … Junior Alex Lyon (4-1-1, 1.62, .938) is the league’s reigning goaltender of the year after leading the nation with seven shutouts last season. … All seven of Yale’s power-play goals so far have been scored by different players, and the Bulldogs — typically among the country’s least-penalized teams annually — are 14-for-15 on the penalty kill.

The Series Against Yale:
Friday’s meeting will mark the 147th all-time matchup since the series started in 1902, with the Big Red holding a 82-59-5 advantage. Cornell had won three straight meeting before the 2014-15 regular season closed out with a 4-0 win for host Yale on Feb. 28. In last season’s other battle, the Big Red eked out a 3-2 win thanks to a Christian Hilbrich third period winner at Lynah Rink on Nov. 21, 2014.

About Brown:
The Bears are coming off an impressive weekend in which it defeated Union in overtime, 3-2, last Friday on sophomore forward Max Willman’s strike, then secured a 3-3 tie with league-leading Rensselaer the following night. Brown deserved better in the latter game, having held a two-goal lead in the third period and later scoring a controversial would-be winner in overtime which was waved off.

Senior forward Nick Lappin (4-3–7) was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Tuesday after scoring three third-period goals last weekend. He also leads the team in scoring by two points over the trio including senior forward Mark Naclerio (2-3–5). … Junior Tim Ernst (1-2-1, 3.88, .877) has started four of five games in goal. … The Bears are just 10-for-16 (62.5%) on the penalty kill so far.

The Series Against Brown:
The Big Red has a commanding lead in the all-time series, 73-43-6, and Mike Schafer is a dominating 31-7-4 against the Bears during his 21 seasons as the Big Red’s head coach. In its last visit to Meehan Auditorium, Cornell stormed back from a 3-0 deficit and appeared to win in overtime, only to have a potential winner waved off.

Gillam In A Groove:
Junior goaltender Mitch Gillam was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday after he stopped 49 of 52 shots in the Big Red’s sweep of Colgate last weekend. He made 23 saves in Friday’s 5-1 victory, then made 26 saves in Saturday’s rematch. He came up particularly big during a 68-second kill of a two-man disadvantage late in the first period, setting the stage for Cornell’s comeback and eventual 3-2 win in overtime. Gillam, who was named to the Mike Richter Award Watch List for this season after earning All-Ivy League second team honors in 2015, has now received the honor twice in his career. The other occasion was Dec. 9, 2014.

Wasting No Time:
Junior forward Jeff Kubiak entered the season with 17 career points through his first two seasons, but he’s followed that up with nine points in the first six games this year. He has the Big Red’s six-game points streak since Brian Ferlin’s seven-game stretch from Dec. 28, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014. Kubiak has a chance this weekend to post Cornell’s first eight-game points streak since Greg Miller from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22, 2011.

Freshman Force:
The jump to college hockey can be a big one for newcomers, but freshman forward Anthony Angello — a 2014 draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins — has felt right at home with Cornell. Angello is the Big Red’s first player to have points in his first four collegiate games since Ryan Moynihan from Nov. 8-16, 1996 — which was Mike Schafer‘s second season as head coach of his alma mater. He then scored the overtime winner Saturday at Colgate and enters the weekend tied for sixth in the country in points per game for freshmen (1.17).

The 35th to 350:
Already the winningest coach in program history, Mike Schafer hit 350 victories for his career — all of which have come from behind the Big Red’s bench — with a 4-2 win over Princeton on Nov. 1, 2013. He became the 35th coach all-time to rack up 350 victories across all NCAA divisions. Schafer is also just the third coach to pass 350 victories with Ivy League tenure, joining Ned Harkness (Cornell, Union and Rensselaer) and Tim Taylor (Yale).

What, Me Worry?:
Three of Cornell’s five victories entering this weekend have come in games in which it has surrendered the first goal. The Big Red had a combined record of 14-34-5 over the last three seasons when it faced a 1-0 deficit.

Blank You Very Much:
Cornell has recorded at least one shutout in each of the last 21 seasons – a streak that was continued with a 4-0 blanking of Niagara on Oct. 31. Goaltender Mitch Gillam made 10 of his 19 saves in the third period while the Big Red nursed a big lead. It was the second career shutout for Gillam, who was an All-Ivy League second team selection last season. The last time the Big Red went a full season without posting a shutout came during the 1994-95 season under former coach Brian McCutcheon.

Class of Captains:
On the day of its season opener at Niagara, Cornell announced that its entire senior class —Christian Hilbrich, John Knisley, Teemu Tiitinen and Reece Willcox — would serve as captains during its final season on East Hill. It marks the first time in program history the Big Red has shared the captaincy among four players, though it’s worth noting that only two players will wear the ‘C’ at any given time. Hilbrich and Willcox will serve as on-ice captains for the team’s away games, while Knisley and Tiitinen will do so in home games.

Special Threads:
The Big Red wore special jerseys for its home opener Oct. 31 which will be auctioned off at a later date with proceeds going to a mission and service trip to the Dominican Republic this summer, led by head coach Mike Schafer and current players. In addition to the special design the red jerseys with a thick horizontal white stripe across the midsection, the jerseys featured name plates of the greatest Cornell hockey player to have ever donner that particular number according to the player that currently wears it.

Feel The Draft?:
Cornell has six players on the roster who have been selected in the NHL Entry Draft, including four from 2014. Freshman forward Beau Starrett (Chicago Blackhawks) was selected earliest in the group, having been taken in the third round with the 88th overall pick. Fellow newcomerAnthony Angello, also a forward, was selected in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sophomore forward Jared Fiegl (Arizona Coyotes) and Dwyer Tschantz (St. Louis Blues) were then picked in the seventh round. Junior forward Matt Buckles was taken by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, and senior defenseman Reece Willcox was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round of 2012’s event.

Global Influence:
The Big Red has 16 players on the roster born in the United States. Cornell also now has players native to four different countries on its squad. Aside from the bulk of its roster hailing from the United States and Canada, Cornell also has a player from Denmark (Christian Hilbrich) and Finland (Teemu Tiitinen).

Up Next:
The Big Red will make its first true ECAC Hockey road next weekend, visiting Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday before the fifth edition of Red Hot Hockey on Saturday, Nov. 28 against Boston University at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cornell then closes out the fall semester portion of its schedule with home games against St. Lawrence (Dec. 4) and Clarkson (Dec. 5).

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.