Senior Mitch Vanderlaan and freshman Michael Regush scored second-period goals, sophomore Matthew Galajda made a season-high 33 saves, and the Cornell men’s hockey team claimed a share of its second straight Cleary Cup with a 2-2 tie Saturday night against Clarkson at Cheel Arena.
But given that Clarkson (22-10-2, 13-7-2 ECAC Hockey) scored the equalizing goal with an extra attacker on the ice and less than 43 seconds left in regulation, it didn’t feel like winning a trophy or even tying a tough game on the road – it felt like a lost opportunity.
So while Cornell (17-8-4, 13-5-4) finishes co-champions with Quinnipiac for the Cleary Cup – ECAC Hockey’s regular-season winner – the Big Red loses the head-to-head tie-breaker with the Bobcats for seeding purposes, so it will be the No. 2 seed for the upcoming ECAC Hockey Championship playoffs.
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Cornell men's hockey just misses out on its second straight Cleary Cup, settling for a 2-2 tie after a Clarkson extra-attacker goal ties the game in the final minute of regulation. pic.twitter.com/2fMvfDbS6d
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