Editor’s Note: The following recap is republished with permission from Cornell Big Red. It was NOT written by the Ithaca Voice.
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ESTERO, Fla. — Ohio State scored three goals in a 90-second span early in the second period to break open the championship game of the Florida College Hockey Classic, sprinting away to an 8-0 victory over the Big Red men’s hockey team on Tuesday night at Germain Arena. The loss ended an eight-game unbeaten streak for #9/9 Cornell (9-2-2).
Ohio State (5-11) took a two-goal lead in the opening period on a pair of seeing-eye shots. Sasha Larocque had a 50-foot shot find its way through traffic to open the scoring, then Josh Healey doubled the lead when his shot caromed off a shot-blocker’s chest and over the shoulder of starting Cornell goaltender Mitch Gillam. It marked the first time the Big Red has trailed by two goals in a game to this point in the season.
The Big Red still had plenty of chances in the period, though the closest it came was when Christian Hilbrich and Jeff Kubiak each hit the post on the same power-play opportunity. By the end of the night, Cornell hit the post four times and Ohio State goaltender Christian Frey stopped 27 shots for his first shutout of the season. The Big Red was 0-for-7 on the power play in being shut out for the second time this season.
Sophomore Hayden Stewart played the last half of the game in goal for the Big Red, making his season debut. He made 11 saves and Gillam stopped 10. Hilbrich was later named as one of the forwards on the all-tournament team.
Cornell returns to action Jan. 8-9 in its final non-league games of the season when it hosts a two-game set against Merrimack at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y.
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