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Cornell’s Barron and Malinski Collect ECAC Hockey Weekly Honors

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Cornell Men’s Hockey’s Morgan Barron, Sam Malinski Collect ECAC Hockey Weekly Honors

ITHACA, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey announced Monday that Cornell men’s hockey junior forward Morgan Barron has been named the league Player of the Week and freshman defenseman Sam Malinski has repeated as Rookie of the Week.

Barron led the league in goals (four) and overall scoring (six points) over the weekend in Cornell’s ECAC Hockey and Ivy League sweep of Brown and Yale at Lynah Rink. The New York Rangers draft pick had power-play goals in both games, with the last capping a hat trick in the opening 23 minutes of a 6-2 rout of the Bulldogs. It was Barron’s first hat trick at the collegiate level. Having now posted multiple points in all four of Cornell’s early-season games, Barron currently leads the country with a scoring average of 2.50 points per game.

Meanwhile, Malinski is tied for the national lead among all defensemen and among all freshmen with an average of 2.00 points per game after his four points over the weekend. He scored the game-winning goal in Friday’s 4-1 victory against Brown while also sprinkling in three assists over the two-game set, including a highlight-reel pass on sophomore defenseman Joe Leahy’s goal in the first period against Yale.

It’s the second straight week Malinski has earned the league’s weekly top rookie honor, which was last done by Dartmouth’s Drew O’Connor during the first two rounds of the playoffs last year. The last Cornell men’s player to be tabbed ECAC Hockey Rookie of Week in consecutive periods was junior goaltender Matthew Galajda, who took the honors Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2018.

Cornell returns to action this weekend with a trip to the North Country, starting with a rematch of the 2019 ECAC Hockey Championship game when it takes on Clarkson at 7 p.m. Friday in Potsdam. The trip concludes with a 7 p.m. Saturday game against St. Lawrence at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Ice Arena.

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