April 10, 2010

Pannell Goal with 0:11 Left Rescues Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Rob Pannell scored with 11 seconds remaining to lift No. 10 Cornell to a 13-12 victory over No. 15 Harvard in a key Ivy League contest. The clutch goal capped a huge day for Pannell, who finished with three goals and five assists.

The Big Red, coming off an upset loss to Dartmouth, led 5-1 midway through the first quarter, but Harvard responded with an even-strength goal by Terry White at 3:56. A man-up tally from Cohen less than a minute later at 3:07 made it a 5-3 contest after the first 15 minutes of play.

In the second, Jack Doyle found the back of the net off a pass from fellow rookie Peter Schwartz, making it a 6-4 deficit with 6:38 to play in the first half. Harvard’s defense allowed only one goal in the final 21:23 of the first half, as the game remained 6-4 in favor of the Big Red heading into the third quarter.

With 4:19 to play in the third, Doyle tallied his second goal of the game, as he cut Harvard’s deficit to two, 7-5.  Doyle’s goal started a 4-0 run in favor of the Crimson, as Harvard netted three more goals in the final minutes of the third to grab an 8-7 lead, the team’s first of the game. Jeff Cohen added his second goal at 1:23, before completing his hat trick with 1:04 remaining in the stanza.  With 46 ticks left on the clock, Gibbons put Harvard ahead with a man-up tally.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Big Red regained a lead, 9-8, sending two shots by Krieger. Cornell tacked on two more goals to pull ahead, 11-8 at the 5:57 mark, but Alex White won a ground ball of the ensuing faceoff and quickly scored to end the scoring streak.  Moments later, White grabbed another ground ball and Cohen scored on the possession to put Harvard within one, 11-10, at 4:38.

The momentum swing continued in the Crimson’s direction, as Kevin Vaughan knotted the game on a shot with 3:47 remaining in the fourth. Less than a minute later, Gibbons found the back of the net for the second time, giving Harvard a short-lived 12-11 lead at 2:59.

Cornell won the ensuing faceoff and tied the game just 17 seconds later.

In the final moments of regulation, Pannell found the back of the net with just 11 seconds left, and the Big Red won the ensuing faceoff to hold on for the win.

With the loss, Harvard falls to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the Ancient Eight, while Cornell improves to 8-2 and 3-1 in Ivy play.

Jeff Cohen led Harvard’s offense with five points on four goals and an assist, while Dean Gibbons scored twice and dished out two assists.  Doyle also netted two scores, while Harry Krieger recorded 14 saves between the pipes.

The Big Red outshot the Crimson, 47-27, and led in ground balls, 30-26, while Harvard won 15-of-27 faceoffs and was a perfect 3-for-3 on man-up chances.  Andrew Parchman claimed 10 faceoff victories, while Alex White won five faceoffs and led the Crimson with five ground balls. 

Ryan Hurley, David Lau and Jon Thompson scored two goals apiece to supplement Pannell's big game.

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