ECAC Hockey Report, 1995 November 13

The first full weekend of ECAC hockey this season was one the Cornell Big Red had been anticipating for months. They started their first season under new head coach Mike Schafer by hosting defending Ivy League Champion Brown and perennial power Harvard. The Red proved up the the task Friday night, holding the Bears to only 17 shots, as Senior goalie Eddy Skazyk looked superb in stopping all but one in the 4-1 victory. After the game, local radio sports guy Mark Anbinder had the following to say:
"A very good opening at home for Cornell Sports, taking on ECAC and Ivy League foe Brown and pummelling them."
"Defending Ivy League champion Brown."
"Oh, but they've forgotten all about that; they don't remember how."
The following night the Crimson came to a sold-out Lynah Rink for a game which Schafer had listed as one of his goals for the team. The Red's last victory against Harvard came in the 1990 playoffs, with the last regular season win being back in 1985. But Schafer, who was a Junior defenseman on that victorious Big Red squad ten years ago, brought a new enthusiasm to the Cornell team and fans. Skazyk had another marvelous game in goal and Brad Chartrand posted a hat trick, including the second of Cornell's two shorthanded goals, in the 5-3 Big Red victory.

In other ECAC action, sweeps were also recorded by Vermont, who topped RPI 4-3 and Union 5-3, St. Lawrence, who downed Yale 7-2 and Princeton 6-4, and Clarkson, who pelted Princeton 7-2 and blanked Yale 3-0. Vermont's travel partner Dartmouth was swept on the road, falling 6-2 to Union and 5-1 to Rensselaer, and finally Colgate tied both of their opening weekend games, Harvard at 2-all and Brown at 4-all.

So, with three games played for Harvard and Brown and two for the other ten squads, four teams are tied for first with four points: Vermont, Clarkson, St. Lawrence and Cornell. Harvard is in fifth with three, Union, RPI and Colgate each have two, Brown is in the number nine slot with one point, and Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale are each looking for their first points.

Next week, Cornell and Colgate travel to Northern New England to face undefeated Vermont and winless Dartmouth. Princeton and Yale visit Harvard and Brown in the four other Ivy league contests, and St. Lawrence visits Clarkson in a battle of 2-0 teams. RPI host Air Force in a pair on non-conference contests, while Union has the weekend off.

With the ECAC hockey report, this is Joe P------k, Mr. Squishy sports.

Last Modified: 1995 November 5
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