Three Stars of the Week: January 7 – 13
Freshman netminder Hayden Stewart stopped all 36 shots to earn his second blank of the year, as the men’s hockey team defeated Clarkson 2-0 on Saturday.
Stewart became the first Big Red freshman goalie to post multiple shutouts in a single season since the 2003-04 campaign when eventual All-American Dave McKee recorded five blanks.
Stewart’s second shutout of the season earned him ECAC Hockey Men’s Rookie of the Week honors, the freshman’s second time receiving the award. His first for both accomplishments occurred after a 26-save 4-0 victory over Brown on November 22.
The Knights heavily pressured Cornell early, as Stewart made 19 of his 36 saves in the first period alone. The young goaltender stood strong, and the Big Red eventually broke through after Sophomore Matt Buckles found the net in the second period. Classmate Jake Weidner followed the goal up with a score of his own on the power play early in the final period, which broke the team’s streak of 17 failed extra-man opportunities.
With the win, Cornell snapped its four-game losing stretch, and the squad will have a chance to tack on another victory when the Big Red travels to Union on Friday and RPI on Saturday.
Men’s Basketball Offense
Cornell closed out its non-conference schedule with a 107-29 blowout of Division III Alfred State. With the victory, Cornell improved to 8-8 before moving on to Ivy League action.
The squad’s point total was the seventh highest in program history and the most since 1993. The 78-point differential set a Big Red record for the largest margin of victory in a single game. Cornell’s field goals made, 3-point shots made, assists, and steals all eclipsed the top 20 in single game statistics in 100-plus years of Big Red basketball.
The team saw 14 different players with baskets, three of whom reached double figures. Seniors Shonn Miller and Devin Cherry led the way with 18 points apiece, and sophomore Robert Hatter chipped in 13 to go along with four steals and three assists. Miller added four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block, while Cherry had six helpers, five boards, and one steal.
Cornell shot 49 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc and dished out a total of 27 assists with only four turnovers.
The Big Red will begin its Ivy League schedule when the squad plays host to Columbia at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Newman Arena.
Paula Voorheis made a career high 40 saves, as the women’s hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with the defending national champion Clarkson Knights.
After tying St. Lawrence on Friday, it was the second consecutive such result for the Big Red, who moved to 6-6-3 overall and 5-2-2 in ECAC competition.
Voorheis stood on her head throughout the first two periods, stopping a bombardment of 30 shots in 40 minutes by Clarkson. Junior Cassandra Poudrier broke the deadlock with just over 14 minutes left to play in the third period, giving Cornell a 1-0 lead off a wrister into traffic in front of the net from the slot.
The Knights answered on the power play about seven minutes later when the Big Red found itself in penalty trouble. Voorheis failed to find the puck on a slapshot from the point due to a great screen from Shannon MacAulay.
Cornell will compete in its third game in four days when the team welcomes No. 4 Boston University at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at Lynah Rink.