Jan. 22, 2010

* Courtesy of Cornell Athletics

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell senior goaltender Ben Scrivens picked a great time for his best performance of the season, stopping all 28 shots he faced as the Big Red scored a 1-0 victory over visiting North Dakota on Friday night at Lynah Rink. Junior Mike Devin scored the game's only goal to lift the Big Red to the victory.

Devin's goal came just 1:55 into the third period as the Big Red scored to break the tie and held on for the remainder of the period for the victory. Patrick Kennedy and Locke Jillson picked up assists on the play. Cornell finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play, while North Dakota was held scoreless in two power-play chances. Fighting Sioux goaltender Aaron Dell stopped 14 shots in taking the loss. Both teams also successfully killed off a five-minute major penalty in the second period, with Cornell's Joe Devin and North Dakota's Carter Rowney both getting the gate in separate incidents.

Scrivens was solid throughout the game, stopping nine shots in both the first and second periods before stopping 10 shots in the third. Cornell was out-shot, 9-2, in the first period as the Fighting Sioux came out flying. The second period was more even, as North Dakota held a slight 9-7 edge in shots, but the score remained tied at zero.

In the third period, Cornell got on the board by taking advantage of a mistake by a North Dakota defenseman, pinching up into the neutral zone. Locke Jillson slipped a puck underneath his stick to spring Kennedy on a two-on-one with Devin on his left, and Kennedy took the defenseman out of the play and slid a pass across the ice to Devin, who slipped the puck into the net with Dell diving to get to the back side.

The Big Red then held on to the lead through the third period, including the final 1:19 when North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol pulled Dell for the extra skater. With the extra skater on the ice, the Big Red defense stepped up, blocking five shots and allowing only one to reach Scrivens, which he stopped.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday in another 7 p.m. contest at Lynah Rink to close out the two-game set.