Harvard Opens With 3-3 Tie Against McGill

Pictured: Doug Rogers tied the game on an unassisted goal with 2:05 remaining in the third period.
Photo courtesy: David Silverman Photography

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Doug Rogers scored a goal with 2:05 remaining in regulation to help the Harvard men’s hockey team earn a 3-3 tie against McGill in an exhibition game before 1,006 fans Friday night at Bright Hockey Center. Michael Biega and Alex Biega also found the back of the net for the Crimson, while Kyle Richter made 15 save s in his first start for Harvard since the 2007-08 season.

McGill jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, as Guillaume Doucet got the team on the scoreboard at 9:18, and Francis Verreault-Paul added another tally for McGill at 17:31. With only 18 seconds remaining in the opening stanza, Michael Biega rocketed a shot from just above the left circle, cutting Harvard’s deficit in half, 2-1, entering the first intermission.

In the second, McGill grabbed its second two-goal lead of the game, as Doucet notched his second goal of the night, beating Richter at 10:37. Midway through the third, Harvard, which outshot McGill, 49-18, for the contest, scored on the power play, as Alex Biega slid the puck through Hubert Morin’s pads with a shot from the point. Later in the period, Rogers stole the puck near center ice and skated down the right side. He weaved his way through the defense and placed the puck over Morin’s left shoulder, tying the game, 3-3.

Harvard kicks off the season officially at Ivy League and ECAC Hockey rival Dartmouth Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.