Princeton Holds Off Harvard Men’s Hockey, 2-1

Morrison scored his eighth goal to tie the game in the second period (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Princeton's Zane Kalemba made 34 saves, including five during a flurry in the final minute, to hold off a rally by the Harvard men's hockey team in a 2-1 Tigers win Friday night at Bright Hockey Center, ending the Crimson's five-game conference unbeaten streak.

Marc Hagel scored to break a 1-1 tie in the second period, and Kalemba saved the Tigers (8-10-2, 4-8-1 ECAC Hockey, 2-3-1 Ivy League) down the stretch. He made impressive stops on Alex Biega at the right post and on a Louis Leblanc deflection. Then with Harvard goalie Ryan Carroll pulled for an extra attacker, Michael Biega's shot from the right side was the first of a barrage of Crimson chances, but Kalemba kept the puck out long enough to get a whistle.

Conor Morrison scored for the Crimson (5-11-3, 5-6-3, 3-3-1), and Carroll made 32 saves. Harvard outshot Princeton, 35-34.

Kalemba made an early toe save on a falling-down shot by Leblanc and got some help from the post after a nifty move by Alex Killorn. Danny Biega also had a first-period highlight, putting a huge hit on Kevin Lohry at the offensive blue line. Princeton got on the board at 11:51, as Cam McIntyre carried the puck into the right corner and centered to Dan Bartlett for the finish. Princeton held a 15-11 shots edge in the opening frame.

Morrison evened the score on a power play early in the second period. Leblanc took the puck up the left side after a pass from Chris Huxley and beat a defender. He then backhanded the puck into the slot, where a trailing Morrison skated onto it and beat Kalemba low. Hagel gave the Tigers another intermission lead, however, banging in the puck after a pass from Kevin Lohry behind the net. Carroll made 14 second-period saves, while Kalemba stopped 10 Harvard shots in the frame.

Neither team found the net in the third period. Harvard held a 13-4 advantage in shots in the period, but Kalemba held off the Crimson's comeback bid.