Big Red Hockey: State of the Union
As the hockey season begins to ramp up, it is clear that the Big Red men have experienced nothing but success. Ranked #2 in the nation, the team so far has gone 11-0. While Lynah Rink can only hold 4,267 of Cornell hockey’s dedicated fans, the team’s success has made them a fan favorite all across campus. After wins against Nipissing, the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team, Michigan State, Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Quinnipiac, and Boston University, Cornell proved itself worthy of its national ranking, and its victories over Brown, Yale, and Princeton only reassured the team’s spot at the top of the Ivy League.
Not only did the hockey team secure these victories on the road and at home, but they also found themselves victorious in the grand arena that is Madison Square Garden. They will soon be on the road again, facing off against Harvard on Friday, December 6th and Dartmouth on Saturday, December 7th. The men are also preparing for the Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will play Ohio State and then either Army West Point or Providence.
The men have averaged 4.2 goals per game and have held their opponents to an average of 1.3 points per game, proving their offensive skills, but also their defensive talents. The achievements of this team can be attributed to their well-roundedness and their dedication, as few teams have yet to find Cornell’s weakness on the ice.
While the team as a whole is a force to be reckoned with, there are several stand-out players that have led the way and set the tone for this season. Junior Morgan Barron leads the team with 6 goals this season, 3 of which he scored in a single game. He also leads the team with 7 assists, alongside junior Cam Donaldson, senior Yanni Kaldis, and freshman Sam Malinski. Junior goalkeeper Matthew Galajda has also proved himself to be a leader, as he posted his 15th shutout versus Boston University. The collective strengths of each individual on the team has lead to an absolute, unbreakable unit led by players who motivate their teammates by example.
Although the Big Red has so far been unstoppable, they have a challenging rest of their season ahead of them, so be sure to come and cheer on your men’s hockey team at their next home game versus Northern Michigan on January 17th!!!