Favored Cornell, known for its defense, takes a 1-0 lead into the third period, only to have the Harvard's captain tie the game. Eight minutes later, the Crimson take the lead on a goal from Tyler Kolarik - the same Kolarik who potted the game winner in double-overtime in the previous year's final. Cornell calls timeout late, pulls its goaltender, and watches as a long shot curves wide of the empty net, thanks to the ill-conditioned ice. On the ensuing faceoff, Mark McRae beats Dov Grumet-Morris, and sends the thousands of Cornell fans into a frenzy.
It's 2-2, and we're heading to overtime for the second straight year.
Harvard had a couple of early chances, but Sam Paolini left no doubt about it with his shot from the left circle at 61:23. Cornell had its tenth ECAC championship.
There was no better feeling than sipping from the Whitelaw Cup at the post-game celebration. Though I paid the price of only two and a half hours of sleep, it was well worth it.
On to the regionals...and Buffalo after that!