The Big Red are off to a 2-2-1 start this year but all games have come on the road. Cornell leads the all-time series against Quinnipiac, 17-15-4. The Bobcats rallied to win in overtime, 5-4, on Nov. 7, 2015 in its last trip at Lynah Rink. Quinnipiac has won three ECAC playoffs series against Cornell (2007, 2013, 2016) and lost one to them (2011). Former Bobcats assistant coach Ben Syer is the Big Red's associate head coach. Lynah Rink is likely the toughest rink in the ECAC to play in with a very loud student section so as always winning there is a challenge.
|Anthony Angello (photo by Cornell Athletics)|
The Big Red offense is headlined by a trio of leading scorers in sophomore Anthony Angello (2014 5th round, Pittsburgh) who has two goals and three assists and 5'7 sophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan who has five goals already for Cornell. Junior Trevor Yates has two goals and three assists while sophomore Beau Starrett (2014 3rd round, Chicago) has a goal and two assists. Other players to watch out for on Cornell are junior Jared Fiegel (2014 7th round, Arizona), senior Matt Buckles (2013 4th round, Florida) and junior Dwyer Tschantz (2014 7th round, St. Louis). The key for Quinnipiac in this game will be using smaller, quicker forwards to get around the bigger slower Cornell team along with tiring them out. Winning neutral zone battles will be key for Quinnipiac in order to force mistakes from the Big Red and create offensive zone scoring opportunities.
|Mitch Gilliam (photo by Ned Dykes/Cornell Athletics)|
In goal Cornell has one of the better goaltenders in the league in Mitch Gilliam. The senior is starting his third full season for the Big Red. He is off to an solid start on the year at 2-2-1 with a 2.84 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He has 8 career shutouts (7 came last season) and a career save percentage in the .920's. Gilliam has seven games of experience the past two years against Quinnipiac so there nothing that the Bobcats have not seen with Gilliam before. He brings experience and confidence in his ability to take over a game so the Bobcats need to do a good job creating traffic in front of the net in order to score some greasy goals.
Overall I would expect this game to be a fast paced and physical between two programs that have no love for each other. With this being Cornell's home opener the Lynah faithful will be rocking making this an even greater challenge. Getting out to an early lead would serve Quinnipiac well in order to quiet what is expected to be a very hostile environment.