After being named to the preliminary roster for the World Junior Championship, Cole Bardreau proceeded not only to make the roster, but to be named an alternate captain of the team. Beyond that, he took home the gold. Wearing number 18 throughout the tournament, Bardreau finished the tournament with a +5, having no even-strength goals scored against in the entire tournament. Additionally, he was a key penalty killer and took a great many faceoffs throughout play. There have been a great many articles on Cole this past week, and here are a few for your reading pleasure:
On the Win and Pre-Game Pep Talks
Noodles, Noodles, Noodles
And of course, the ever-popular video from the celebration: Bardreau's Corner
Junior Alternate Captain Alyssa Gagliardi at USA Holiday Camp
Alyssa Gagliardi didn't get to trade in for a warm locale for her winter break. Instead she headed to Blaine, MN to compete as part of the 2012 US National Team Winter Camp. Gagliardi joined 35 other players (three from ECAC schools) to compete in the camp. The camp will help determine who competes in the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship. Congratulations to Gagliardi on making this camp and we at WAFT and the Lynah Faithful wish her the best of luck in upcoming selections. We're glad to have her back in time for the trip out to Boston.
Do It For Daron
Do It For Daron is a charity that should not be unfamiliar to the Lynah Faithful. Cornellian Colin Greening '10 has participated in events for Do It For Daron and this year, Cornell Women's Hockey is designating two of its home games as the Do It For Daron Series. February 1 and 2, when RPI and Union come to Lynah, the Lady Rouge ask the Faithful to show up wearing purple to support them, in particular freshman Morgan Richardson, Daron's sister. The Do It For Daron Charity aims to raise awareness and promote conversation regarding youth mental health. So, on the weekend of February 1, go support the Lady Rouge in Purple.
Speaking of Lynah...
There is new paint down in Lynah. Not the "C" of 2010 or the Huggy Bear of 2011-12. Instead, this is what center ice holds, courtesy of our favorite Belarusian. Thoughts on the change?
After no television network picked up the ECAC Finals last year, it appears that RPITV will be replaced by Fox College Sports. Last year RPITV did a fantastic job with its coverage, but this year three of the four games will be available on Fox Sports Atlantic. Both semifinal matches as well as the championship game will be aired on March 22 and 23.
A Look Into A Big Red Defenseman
USCHO.com wrote a great article highlighting Cornell's newest defenseman, Craig Esposito. Currently serving double athletic duty as a captain on the golf team, the article highlights how he made his way to the hockey team as well. We're glad to have him.
Should There Be Neutral Officials for Non-Conference Games?
After some extremely suspect officiating and shenanigans at the Cornell-Denver games last weekend, Mike Schafer suggests neutral officials for non-conference games. This comes on the heels of Cornell being given 40 minutes of penalties after the end of the game (in addition to 36 minutes of in-game penalties). The sheer number is not the problem, but the extreme disparity of penalties between the two schools. It has long been said that refs favor their own conference teams, whether it be Scott Owens stating this at the CC-Cornell game regarding ECAC refs or Mike Schafer saying it regarding WCHA officials. As pointed out on twitter, with the conference re-alignment, it will theoretically be easier to do this in the future. It is certainly a conversation which deserves to be had with all of the uproar.
Hobey Baker Award Nominees
As you may have noticed from the banner on the side of our page, it is once again time for the Hobey Baker Award to begin its first phase. The first phase of Hobey Baker Award nominations goes until March 10. People can vote once per IP address each day. Cornell has three nominees for this award. In alphabetical order, senior defenseman Nick D'Agostino, junior goalie Andy Iles, and senior forward Greg Miller. This banner image will remain on the side of our page, and we issue this challenge to all the Lynah Faithful: vote early and vote often. Let's show everyone who deserves this award.