Brian Hart netted his second goal of the season for Harvard, but the Crimson could not hold on for the victory (Photo: Elan Kawesch).
Harvard Play of the Game: Brian Hart Opens the Scoring Against Northeastern
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 20 Harvard men's hockey team took an early 1-0 lead but allowed five unanswered goals in a 5-1 loss against Northeastern Saturday night at the Bright Hockey Center. The game was televised on the D2 Network.
Harvard (4-5-1) was not without its chances, putting 35 shots on net, but Brian Hart was the only one to find the back of the goal as Chris Rawlings made 34 stops for Northeastern (6-9-1). Raphael Girard, who saw the bulk of the time in net for the Crimson, made 24 saves, while Peter Traber stopped nine shots of his own in just over 12 minutes of play.
Cody Ferriero paced Northeastern with four goals, while Kevin Roy added one and chipped in four helpers for the Huskies.
Northeastern pushed the pace of play early, threading passes through the neutral zone that Harvard did well to keep from becoming good scoring chances. The Crimson power play was given a chance to snap out of its rut less than five minutes in and the hosts did just that, taking a 1-0 lead. A high-sticking penalty gave the Crimson a man advantage just 3:53 into the first and the goal came 32 seconds later. Desmond Bergin settled the puck near the Northeastern bench and slid a pass along the blue line to defensive partner Brendan Rempel. The senior dished to Brian Hart at the top of the right faceoff circle, and the freshman fired true, beating goalie Chris Rawlings for his second goal of the season.
The chances improved for the guests later in the period, but Girard was up to the task, turning aside all 11 Husky shots on net.
The second period proved to be a showcase for the Northeastern power play, as the Huskies poured in three man-up goals to take a commanding 3-1 lead after two periods. Back-to-back Harvard penalties saw the guests gain a 5-on-3 advantage, and they quickly evened the score just 1:22 into the frame on a hard shot from Ferriero. The junior forward wasted little time netting his second goal of the night, putting home the puck just as the Harvard penalty ended. He struck again nearly seven minutes later, with just seven seconds left in a Northeastern power play.
Northeastern continued its surge in the third stanza with two early goals. With 14:59 remaining in the game, Roy took a pass from Josh Mansen right in front of the net and put the puck in the back of the cage to give the Huskies a 4-1 cushion. Less than two minutes later, Roy flipped the puck to Ferriero at center ice, and the Essex, Mass., native beat Girard to register his fourth goal of the evening.
Harvard put 12 shots on net in the third period compared to 14 for Northeastern, but the Crimson could not notch another goal before time expired.
Harvard next hits the ice for a pair of conference road games at Princeton and Quinnipiac on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, respectively. Both contests begin at 7 p.m., and the Quinnipiac game will air regionally on NESN.