It’s 10:30 p.m. and I am home in Owego and just so pumped up right now. Really proud of the young men for their play this whole weekend, not just tonight. And Mitch Benson has a career game this evening at Lynah. Wow!
I am friends with a couple that are long-time Cornell hockey boosters. They told me last night before the game that they had attended the Thursday afternoon Big Red hockey luncheon and their Cornell coach was not happy with his team’s practices this past week. He certainly wouldn’t have been happy last night that the PWR #47 team took his PWR #11 team to the limit, 3-2. Then tonight, his goalie gets scored on very late in the first period and very early in the second period and is immediately pulled in favor Galajda. He tried unsuccessfully to shake up his team, but Mitch was the absolute difference in the game. On at least two separate occasions, the pipes were his dear friend.
In the third period, all we tried to do was hang on, by dumping the puck or tying them up along the boards. It nearly worked, but Cornell scored a beautiful goal. And, in OT, anything can happen and it did. Cornell appeared in control... until they weren’t. As has been said many times on here this season.... our young men just don’t give up!!
I am so glad I went to both games this weekend. My guess is that we won’t make it to Lake Placid this year as a team, but I know that I will be there. This rivalry weekend has just been a great advertisement for college hockey.