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Big Red All The Way To The Frozen Four?

Well maybe, but first they are going to have to get past Colorado College and No. 1 seed Wisconsin in the Midwest regionals this weekend in Green Bay. Reports U.S. College Hockey Online :

If nothing else, the competitive nature of last year's loss should give Cornell confidence when it looks ahead to its possible opponent in the Midwest final. As the No. 8 overall seed, Cornell fell into the bracket of No. 1 seed Wisconsin; while not hosted by the Badgers nor on the Madison campus, the regional will be held at the Resch Center in Green Bay and the crowd will almost assuredly be wearing red — and not for Cornell,

While the location may be frustrating, if Cornell focuses on the Badgers then it will have overlooked the very real challenge posed by Colorado College. Few teams in the country will be able to challenge the Big Red's weaknesses better than the Tigers, who present an interesting contrast.

Cornell excels on defense and special teams, and relies heavily on the play of netminder David McKee to protect leads. Colorado College, on the other hand, is led by two of the most talented forwards in the nation: Brett Sterling and Marty Sertich, both finalists for the Hobey Baker.

The key for Cornell may be how successfully its defense and its penalty kill can control Sterling and Sertich. The Big Red has the sixth best defense in college hockey, allowing only 2.24 goals per game, and the nation's No. 7 penalty kill. And while Cornell's offense may at times struggle, the Big Red's power play remains potent. The top unit is led by forwards Matt Moulson, who has scored 11 of his 17 goals with the man advantage, and Byron Bitz, who's tallied six of his 10 scores on the power play.

Let's Go Red!

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on March 24, 2006 (#)

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