Suffering from the effects of a 17-day lay off, the varsity hockey team got off to a shaky start against Cornell Saturday, but came back strong in the second and third periods to beat the Big Read 5 to 1 on their own ice.
The victory enabled the Crimson to regain first place in the Ivy League and gave coach Cooney Weiland a chance to re-shuffle his front lines before the opening round the Bean Pot Tourney at the Boston Garden tonight.
Gene Kinasewich, restored to the first line at the start of the second period, scored the first Crimson goal against Cornell at 5:57 of the second period to match an earlier Ithacan tally. A Kinasewich pass to Ike Ikauniks at 10:53 of the same period brought the tie-breaking goal and put the varsity in front to stay.
Tim Taylor, Baldy Smith, and high-scorer Bill Lamarche added goals in the third and fourth periods to cement the Crimson victory while goalie Godfrey Wood held off all Big Red scoring threats.
The varsity sextet will face Northeastern in the Bean Pot opening round tonight. Weiland's Icemen have already downed the Huskies twice by scores of 8 to 1 and 11 to 3.