Union Loses 3rd Period Lead, Falls to Cornell

Posted at: 01/18/2013 11:25 PM
Updated at: 01/18/2013 11:26 PM

SCHENECTADY, NY – Junior forward Matt Hatch and senior forward Kyle Bodie scored first period goals, but No. 16 men’s hockey (10-8-4, 4-4-3 ECAC Hockey) fell, 3-2, to No. 17 Cornell (8-6-2, 4-3-2 ECAC Hockey) in front of 2,354 fans at Messa Rink. Union carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Cole Bardreau and Brian Ferlin scored in the final frame, as the Dutchmen led after two periods of play and lost for the second consecutive game.

Junior goaltender Troy Grosenick made 33 saves in the loss, while Cornell’s Andy Iles stopped 32 shots to earn the win, as the Big Red outshot Union 36-34 for the night.

Just over two minutes into the third period with Union protecting a one goal lead, Cornell’s John McCarron set up Bardreau (goal, assist) with a hard shot from the circle. Grosenick made the initial stop, but Bardreau flipped the puck over the goaltender’s right pad at 2:30 to tie the game.

Cornell continued to generate chances, controlling play in the offensive zone before finally breaking through for the deciding score. A failed Union pinch in the offensive zone led to an odd-man rush for the Big Red as Joel Lowry skated down the left wing on a 2-on-1 with Brian Ferlin. Lowry fed Ferlin with a cross-ice pass and Ferlin found the open net at 10:27 to give Cornell the lead.

Junior forward Josh Jooris had Union’s best chance to score in the final minutes, but his deflection of Greg Coburn’s shot from the point was stopped by Iles and covered with 4:01 left to play.

Cornell struck early in the first period , scoring on its first good chance of the night. Bardreau found John Esposito skating hard into the offensive zone down the middle of the ice. Esposito had an open net to shoot at, and finished the play at 1:07 to give Cornell a 1-0 lead.

Union responded as Hatch ended an 11-game scoring drought midway through the first period. Jooris set up the goal with a low shot from the slot. Hatch found the rebound and beat Iles over the shoulder at 9:18 to tie the game.

Union would take the lead on its first power play opportunity of the night, with Cornell’s Madison Dias in the penalty box for tripping. Senior forward Wayne Simpson fired a shot into traffic that kicked out to the slot. With players on both teams fighting for the puck, Kyle Bodie found it and beat Iles at 15:39 to put Union ahead 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

The Dutchmen had chances to extend their lead in the second period, but Iles came up with key saves to keep Cornell within striking distance heading into the third period.

Iles’ best stop of the period came with Union on an early power play, as John McCarron took a tripping penalty at 3:08. On the man advantage, Coburn found Carr down low with a diagonal pass on a backdoor play, but Carr’s shot was stopped by Iles at the 4:10 mark.