Yale Falls 2-1 At Cornell
ITHACA, N.Y. – The unbeaten streak came to an end at seven games despite a 27-save outing by Yale freshman goalie Alex Lyon in a 2-1 loss to No. 18 Cornell before a packed house at Lynah Rink.
The Bulldogs opened the season with a loss in the Liberty Invitational and then went four weeks without finishing behind.
Lyon, a Baudette, Minn., native, who had a career-best 48 saves in a tie at Quinnipiac two weeks ago, put together another strong showing in a hostile venue.
Cornell had a 10-7 edge in shots in the first along with the only goal before having an 11-10 advantage in the second with both sides finding the net once.
There were just three power plays in the game, and the only man-advantage goal was the result of a face-off win by the Red. Yale did not convert its only power-play chance.
The Elis, trailing 2-0, cut the lead in half at 7:50 of the second on an even-strength goal by Cody Learned (in photo). The sophomore forward smacked in a rebound off a Carson Cooper shot for his first collegiate tally. Cooper, who took a pass from Trent Ruffolo, made a move around a defender and flicked a shot on Big Red goalie Andy Iles to create the opportunity for his linemate.
The No. 9 Bulldogs (5-2-2, 2-1-2), who outshot Cornell 31-29, came with the pressure in the final frame and created numerous grade-A chances that could have tied the score. Iles came up with the big saves when he needed them most. He needed to stop all 14 Yale shots on target to preserve the victory
Yale is next in action a week from tonight with Merrmiack at Ingalls Rink.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director