Cornell has won its second consecutive NCAA tournament title, defeating Florida in the semifinals of the 2017 edition of the NCAA tournament.
The Yellow Jackets were down 3-0 in the third period and outscored the Gators 11-5 in the extra session.
The game started off with Cornell’s Kyle Peeke scoring two goals.
Peeke then took a pass from Cornell’s Ryan Kieffer, who beat a diving Florida defender and buried the game winner.
Peculiarly enough, the Hurricanes didn’t seem to mind after Kiepper scored again, putting Cornell up 2-0.
Cornell then led the entire third period before Florida scored twice in a span of 10 seconds.
It wasn’t long after that that Florida’s defense broke down, forcing the Yellow Jackets to make a number of mistakes.
One of those mistakes was forcing a Florida turnover that led to Kieber’s goal.
Cornell’s power play ended in the bottom of the third, and Florida scored two goals in the ensuing stanza.
Cornel’s defense, which has been in great shape this season, stood tall, keeping the Gators scoreless in the final period.
“We’ve had some pretty good puck luck, which is something that I’m really proud of,” head coach Matt LeBlanc said.
“I think that we’ve had a lot of success over the last month.
We’ve been a little bit unlucky on the PK, and we’ve gotten off to a slow start.”
The Blue Jackets are still without defenseman Josh Ho-Sang and forward Jordan Leggio, who were injured in the first period.
The Jackets are 1-0-1 in conference play this season.
The Blue and Gold will return to action Saturday against the University of North Dakota, who advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2005.
The win over Florida is a career best for Cornell, which finished the regular season with a 5-1-1 record, tied for second in the NCAA.
Cornell lost to No. 18 Maryland in the semifinal, and the Red Hawks lost to North Dakota in the championship game.
The Red Hawks will play at Michigan State on Saturday, and coach Mark Fox said he doesn’t expect his team to play without its two leading scorers in Ho- Sang and Leggios.
Fox has said that Ho- sang and Kiefer are both ready for the start of the regular-season.
The Red Hawks are coming off back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, but the Redhawks have yet to win a game.