Cornell's men's ice hockey team will return to Lake Placid next weekend for the first time in over a decade, after beating Clarkson in this weekend's ECAC quarterfinal round to advance to the championship tournament. It took not just three games, but overtime on Sunday night, to eliminate the Golden Knights.
Brian Ferlin's overtime gamewinner. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.Cornell and Clarkson split the series on Friday and Saturday nights and remained scoreless through three periods of the third game. 12:32 through the 20-minute sudden-death overtime period, forward Brian Ferlin bounced a shot off Clarkson netminder Steve Perry thanks to a feed from Clint Lewis and Joakim Ryan. Ferlin had headed to the locker room earlier in the game after being knocked down in front of Section A, but made it back out on the ice not long after.
Andy Iles after his shutout win.Andy Iles posted just his first shutout of the season, and kissed the logo at center ice after the team took a victory lap to salute the Lynah Faithful in the team's last game of the season in Cornell's legendary rink.
The Big Red will face Union in the 4pm semifinal of the ECAC tournament in its first year back at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, in the historic 1980 Olympic Rink, on Friday afternoon. Colgate will face Quinnipiac in the late semifinal, at 7:30pm. The ECAC tournament is returning to the site of the 1980 Olympics and the USA vs Russia "Miracle on Ice" game after eight years in Albany and three years in Atlantic City. Before Lake Placid's earlier stint, the tournament was held at the Boston Garden for 25 years.