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D-Man Dirven scores first career NCAA goal

In NCAA hockey action over the weekend, Sebastian Dirven, who plays for the Cornell University Big Red hockey team, scored his first career collegiate goal.

The 21-year-old defenceman who hails from Bainsville is in his first year at the Ithaca, New York school. His tally came February 9 on home ice, in a 5-3 victory over Colgate.

On the season, Dirven, who checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 196 lb, has 3 points and 12 penalty minutes in 22 games played. He’s +8 on a team that is ranked second in the U.S.A. with a record of 17-2-4.

Dirven, a graduate of Char-Lan DHS, got his start locally in the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey system, going on to play for the CCHL Cornwall Colts and then the USHL Central Illinois Flying Aces.

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Sebastian Dirven poses with his souvenir puck, marking his first NCAA goal. (Big Red photo)
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Bainsville’s Dirven profiled in Big Red Q&A

Towering defenceman Sebastian Dirven, from Bainsville, is a rookie member of the hockey team at Cornell University.

He was recently showcased by the Big Red in their ‘Freshman Friday’ website feature.

Dirven is among three freshmen getting top-six minutes on defence.

Given the team’s reputation for defence first, Dirven was asked about his expectations and role coming into the season:

For sure, I think that’s [defence] something that in the last couple of years in junior hockey, I really tried to focus on and get better at. Just because I’ve always been told that good defence leads to good offence, and obviously if you’re good defensively, you’ll be given a lot of opportunity because you’ll be trusted.

Sebastian Dirven in ‘Freshman Friday’ feature

To read the full interview with Dirven, please see this webpage.

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Sebastien Dirven is a first-year member of the Cornell University hockey team. (Jared Silber / MSG photo)

The 6 ft. 3 in., 196 lb. blueliner has played in 19 games to date, 2 assists and 15 shots on goal.

Big Red has a 14-1-4 record on the season.

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Sebastian Dirven making his mark as freshman Cornell D-Man

Bainsville’s Sebastian Dirven is a freshman student-athlete at Cornell University where he is studying in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and playing hockey as a defenceman for the Big Red.

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Sebastian Dirven spent the 2014-15 season with the Ontario Hockey Academy. This year, he’s at Cornell University. (Instagram photo)

The 6ft. 3 in., 196 lb. blueline has suited up for all six of the team’s game, as Cornell has built a 6-0 record. Dirven has yet to register a point, though he has recorded 6 shots on goal and been credited with 3 blocked shots. He’s also taken three minor penalties.

The Glengarrian played his minor hockey in the Seaway Valley Rapids program, before devoting the 2014-15 season to the Ontario Hockey Academy, in Cornwall.

The next two seasons, he played for the CCHL Cornwall Colts, whilst a student at Char-Lan DHS, in Williamstown.

Most recently, Dirven skated with the Central Illinois Flying Aces of the USHL, playing 117 games from 2017 through 2019 and scoring 34 points to go along with 122 penalty minutes.

Cornell’s Big Red hockey team has two games on tap this weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., scheduled to play Quinnipiac University tonight, November 22, and Princeton on Saturday.

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