Cornell started off their 2019 campaign with a 19-16 road win over Hobart on Friday night. While the Big Red showed their superiority Hobart was able to hang with them and make it an offensive shootout of sorts, even with some terrible mistakes in the clearing game.
Jeff Teat led the way for Cornell as the junior attackman tallied 8 points (6G,2A) in the win. Clarke Petterson and John Piatelli each tallied 6 points (4G,2A) for the Big Red. Cornell played two goalies with Caelahn Bullen starting and making 6 saves. Chayse Ierlan made 5 saves in the 20 minutes of action he saw.
Hobart was led by Justin Scott who recorded 6 points (5G,1A) for the Statesmen. Chris Aslanian dished out 5 assist, and the Aslanian-Scott connection was alive and well tonight. In cage for Hobart CJ White and Sam Lucchesi split time evenly, as White made 3 saves and Lucchesi made 6 saves. Each saw 30:00 in cage.
This game got started off pretty quickly with Jonathan Donville netting the first goal of the game just a few minutes in to give Cornell the 1-0 lead. Hobart answered with Eric Holden scoring two goals in less than a minute to take the 2-1 lead. It was very back and forth, until Cornell went on a three goal run in which Clarke Petterson and John Piatelli found their way through the Statemen defense with ease to take the 5-3 lead.
Justin Scott netted one for Hobart and Jeff Teat converted for Cornell to make it a 6-4 Cornell lead heading into the second.
Even though Hobart was winning the majority of the faceoffs they were turning them into turnovers which helped Cornell get a three goal run midway though the second to make it a 10-6 Cornell lead. Hobart answered with a two-goal run of their own before Cornell scored with :24 in the half.
Coming into the third Cornell held an 11-8 lead. After Jeff Teat got the first goal of the second half Bryan Hancock quickly answered for Hobart less than a minute later. It was a very back-and-forth quarter as each side traded two goal runs midway through. The Third ended with Cornell being able to get a late one and make it 16-12 heading into the fourth.
A three goal Cornell run in the third effectively put this one in the books. Hobart was able to finish with three straight goals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Big Red’s lead. This was a much improved Hobart team from last season, but Cornell had more highly talented players, and that proved the difference in this offensive battle.