March 4, 2014

Cornell Routs Canisius; Showdown with Virginia Next

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell went on a 12-0 run to erase an early Canisius lead and remain unbeaten with a 19-6 victory over the Golden Griffins on Tuesday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improved to 4-0 on the season, while Canisius slipped to 2-2.

Eleven different players scored goals for the Big Red, who also held dominant advantages in ground balls (46-19), shots (44-28), saves (10-7), face-offs (17-12) and caused turnovers (11-7) in picking up its 11th win in the all-time series without a loss.Cornell also went 3-of-5 on its man-up chances, while holding the Griffs to a 1-of-3 performance.

"We started out slow but I am really pleased with our effort and intensity," said interim head coach Matt Kerwick. "I think we shot the ball really well early on and that set the tone."

Connor Buczek scored four goals and John Edmonds had four points on three goals and an assist to lead the Cornell scoring attack. Both Matt Donovan and Sean Doyle registered a goal and two assists, while Connor Entenmann and Dan Lintner each had two goals and an assist as part of their three-point days. In all, seven players had multi-point games, with John Hogan's two goals making him the seventh.

Defensively, Mike Huttner, Connor Hunt and Mike O'Neil each caused two turnovers, while the goalkeeping trio of Brennan Donville, Christian Knight and William Joyce made a combined 10 saves against six goals. Knight entered the game at halftime and played just over 24 minutes, making seven saves in his first collegiate appearance while surrendering four goals before Joyce closed out the victory.

Doug Tesoriero won 12-of-20 face-offs and earned a game-high 12 ground balls, while Cole McCormack won 5-of-8 restarts.

Canisius got two goals and two assists from Tim Edwards and two goals and an assist from Vince Gravino to lead the Griffs. Edwards also won 8-of-16 face-offs, scooped up five ground balls and caused one turnover. In goal Alex Govenettio started out strong but ended the afternoon with just five saves and allowed 12 goals before giving way to Jeff Wilson at the half. Wilson finished with just two saves.

The Big Red scored the final 11 goals of the first half after falling behind midway through the first quarter. Cornell turned a 3-2 game after the first 15 minutes into an 8-3 lead just 5:22 into the second period and never looked back to set up Saturday's key matchup with unbeaten Virginia.

Cornell scored just 56 seconds into the contest when Hogan scooped up a rebound off a Buczek shot that hit the post and shot it into an empty net. Canisius settled down, evening it up four minutes later with a long possession that ended with an open look from 10 yards out by Jake Giarrano on a feed from Nick Tuttle. The Golden Griffs took the lead at 2-1 with 8:01 left in the period when the Edwards brothers combined for a score, as Jeff fed Tim.

That was the highlight of the game, as soon after the Big Red seized control. A suffocating defense, a quick-strike offense and dominant play by Tesoriero at the face-off "x" were the ingredients for what turned out to be a runaway as Cornell held the Griffs without a goal for a span of 29:25.

It started with consecutive goals by John Edmonds to end the first period as the Big Red regained the lead at 3-2. Then the home team took full control.

The second period was a highlight tape of Big Red plays. Cornell ran off nine goals in the next 15 minutes, with six coming in just over five minutes of play. Connor Buczek started the second period off just like Cornell did with the first, netting a goal in the first minute. Instead of Canisius answering, it was Buczek again 52 seconds later. Then 48 seconds later Edmonds found Donovan to make it 6-2. Another 42 seconds passed before it was 7-2 when Lintner buried his 14th goal of the year on an Entenmann feed. Five seconds later Tesoriero won the face-off and took it himself. Each successive goal took less time, and the contest was effectively over at 8-2.

But Cornell wasn't done, as Buczek completed the second quarter hat trick, followed by the first career goal from Matt Schattner and another tally from Edmonds. By the time Hogan scored with 10 seconds left in the half, it was 12-2.

Cornell made sure Canisius had no thoughts of a comeback, scoring the first goal of the second half to extend the run to 12 before Vince Gravino ended it with 6:24 on the clock in the third.

From there out, the teams played evenly with a mix of starters and reserves playing much of the second half for both teams with the exception of a damaging two-minute unreleasable penalty late in the contest. The Big Red reserves took full advantage, scoring three times to round out the scoring. Included were the first goals of the season for Sten Jernudd and Sean Doyle.

The Cornell-Virginia game will be broadcast live on Saturday at 12 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.

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