Tonight should be a very exciting game. Any chance of a Q preview for those of us who only see them 2x?
Relative to last year this year's Cornell squad is a lot younger (skating 8 freshmen regularly). Our 3 freshmen on D (Malinski, Mitchell, Dirven) are all very solid. There's very little, perhaps no, step down from last year's defensive talent so that is a huge relief.
Up front we are rolling four good lines so far. There's some strong firepower but nobody is out of this world except Barron who already belongs in the N. The weakness is the kill which has been weak. OTOH our pp is > 40% and that's not from fluke shooting; if anything so far we've been unlucky.
We continue our trend of the last five years of getting faster and more skilled. We match up very well even strength and are getting the lion's share of puck possession. We are definitely more aggressive than past years: the D jump up on the play and the general idea seems to be "60 minutes of hell" and just wear the opponent down to where they begin to make errors. In all but one of our games so far there has been an interval in which the opponent broke and we simply blew them out over a 5-10 minute span and iced the game. The exception was Clarkson, as you'd expect from a good team with good coaching. I assume the Q game will be very similar -- Pecknold won't let things get out of hand and will probably try to tighten the screws all around. We do give up rushes on the counter because of all the aggressiveness so we have vulnerability there.
It's a really good looking team so far (SSS). Obviously beatable since everybody is, and as mentioned Q has had our number for the last few years. I want to see us jump up early and then play our game.