Cornell-Northeastern: Big Red Makes Big Plays

Brit MilazzoCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2009

ST. LOUIS - APRIL 10:  Matt McRae #17 of Cornell trips on in the third period against New Hampshire during the NCAA Frozen Four match at the HSBC Arena on April 10, 2003 in Buffalo, New York. New Hampshire won 3-2 to advance to the championship game. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Cornell senior Evan Barlows scored a goal with less than 18 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Cornell men's hockey team a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Northeastern in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich.


The game was marked as a battle of two of the nation's top NCAA goaltenders: Cornell's Ben Scrivens and Northeastern's Brad Thiessen.

Northeastern got on the board with 40 seconds remaining in the first period. Louis Liotti's shot from the center point caromed off a Cornell stick, and then off a Cornell player's leg, before trickling across for the first goal.


The Huskies were up by two when Cornell was caught in a defensive line change and Steve Silva broke free in the neutral zone. Silva broke in all alone on Scrivens with 10:39 to play in the second.


Barlow, Colin Greening, and Blake Gallagher each had a goal and an assist for the Big Red.


Gallagher put the Big Red on the board with a little more than two minutes to play before Greening's tally with just less than four minutes left in the third period tied the game at two.

Cornell carried the play in the third, out-shooting the Huskies 14-4, but could not get the tying goal.


A power play for the Big Red generated a chance for Cornell when Northeastern's Alex Tuckerman was called for checking from behind. Greening deflected a Barlow shot in the five-hole of Thiessen, knotting the score at two.

Cornell kept on the pressure, but couldn’t finish the game in regulation.


Barlow had another chance, and ripped a low shot past Thiessen with 17 seconds to play.

Northeastern coach Greg Cronin pulled Thiessen for the extra skater for the final seconds of regulation, but the Huskies could not get the puck past Scrivens.


Scrivens stopped 19 shots in the 3-2 victory, while Thiessen made 29 saves. Cornell finished the game 1-for-4 on the power play; the Huskies were held scoreless in eight power-play chances.

Britney Milazzo is a Contributor for Bleacher Report.