Killorn Lifts Harvard Men’s Hockey Past Yale in Final Minutes, 4-3

The Crimson celebrates the winning goal (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Alex Killorn scored his second goal of the game with 1:19 left on the clock, guiding the Harvard men's hockey team to a 4-3 win against rival Yale in front of a sellout crowd of 3,095 at Bright Hockey Center and a national television audience Friday night.

Marshall Everson set up the winning goal after scoring to give Harvard (5-6-8, 4-4-6 ECAC Hockey, 2-2-2 Ivy League) a lead earlier in the third period. Luke Greiner also scored to help the Crimson climb into a tie for fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings and second place in the Ivy League. Steve Michalek made a career-high 36 saves, including 16 in the third period, while Danny Biega and Colin Blackwell logged two assists each.

The winning goal came less than three minutes after Gus Young tied the score for Yale (8-10-2, 5-7-1, 2-3-0). Everson found Killorn behind the defense with a long cross-ice pass. Yale's Jeff Malcolm stopped Killorn's initial shot from the right side, but a hard-charging Blackwell and Killorn converged on the rebound and the senior shoveled in his 13th goal of the season.

Malcolm finished with 31 saves, as Yale held a 39-35 shots edge. The Crimson, however, committed only one penalty and held the Bulldogs scoreless for a stretch of nearly 40 minutes after two quick goals in the first period. Harvard finished 1 for 4 on its power-play chances and held a 40-36 edge at the faceoff dot and a 15-11 blocked-shots advantage.

Yale registered the game's first three shots, but it was the home team getting on the board in the game's fourth minute. Eric Kroshus won the puck along the left wall, skated in and centered to Greiner. The junior, who also won a team-high nine faceoffs, beat Malcolm with a low shot.

The Bulldogs quickly turned the tide in the final five minutes of the period, scoring twice in 13 seconds. Nick Jaskowiak netted the first, sending a shot through traffic that took a deflection on the way into the goal at the 15:24 mark. Brian O'Neill then roofed a wrist shot to send Yale to the locker room with the lead despite an 11-10 shots edge for Harvard.

Harvard played a strong second period, putting 15 shots on Malcolm. One found the net in the first minute. After Danny Biega got the puck from Dan Ford behind the net and passed to Killorn in his own zone, the senior took the puck up the left side. He went behind the net and snuck in a wraparound shot by the right post before Malcolm could get across.

Yale outshot Harvard, 17-9, in the third period, but Michalek held strong while Everson and Killorn came up with big goals. The Bulldogs held the nation's top power play scoreless in its first three chances, but the Crimson took advantage of its fourth. Biega had a point shot blocked to Blackwell at the left circle. Rather than shoot, the rookie waited and passed across to Everson for the finish.

Young grabbed a loose puck on the left side of the Harvard zone and tied the game at 3-3 with a shot to the far side at the 16:08 mark. Killorn's goal kept Harvard from skating in overtime for the ninth time in 12 games.