In a process that lasts several days, Cornell Athletics has put down fresh ice in Lynah Rink, the legendary barn that's home to the Big Red men's and women's hockey teams. At the same time, Cornell has announced the schedule for the upcoming men's hockey season.
Lynah has a concrete floor for several weeks each spring, and is used for events such as commencement weekend festivities. Fresh ice goes down early in the summer so Cornell can host its annual summer hockey camps.
Fresh paint! Lines at Lynah Rink before Cornell and ECAC logos, and more ice, were added earlier this week. 14850 Photo.The first layer of ice was put down, and the heavy duty compressors turned back on, last Thursday. White paint was added early this Monday morning to provide a clean-looking surface, then another layer of ice was applied. Regulation rink lnes were painted on Tuesday morning, followed by Cornell and league graphics, followed by a top layer of ice. It's just the top layer that's resurfaced by rink staff between periods.
The Big Red will begin their 2014-15 season in late October with a pair of exhibition games against the U.S. National Team development program's Under 18 squad and Carleton University, a school in Ontario, then start regulation play on Halloween weekend against the University of Nebraska Omaha. The Mavericks will be in Ithaca for a pair of non-conference games a year after Cornell paid a visit to Omaha. Cornell won both games against Nebraska-Omaha on the road last fall.
Another non-conference game of note this fall will be the Frozen Apple, in which Cornell will face Division I newcomers Penn State at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Red have played five games at MSG in front of capacity crowds over the last several years.
Cornell hopes to improve on a record of 17-10-5 last season, which ended after the squad earned a trip to Lake Placid for the ECAC Championship tournament by beating Clarkson's Golden Knights in a best-of-three series that went all three nights in mid-March. The team fell to Union in the early semifinal of the ECAC tournament; the Skating Dutchmen eventually advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four and defeated Minnesota's Golden Gophers for their first-ever national title.
Big Red women's ice hockey finished the 2014 campaign with a 24-6-4 record, winning the ECAC Championship on the road by upending the Harvard Crimson 6-4 in a semifinal before blanking host Clarkson 1-0 in the final. The Big Red advanced to the NCAA tournament, but fell to Mercyhurst 3-2 in the national quarterfinal round. The women's schedule for the fall has yet to be announced.
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