CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Luke Esposito scored with just under three minutes left to play Saturday night, evening the score against archrival Yale at 1-1, and after a brief overtime period, the No. 6/6 Harvard men's hockey team (12-5-2, 8-4-2 ECAC) and the Bulldogs (8-7-4, 4-5-3 ECAC) shook hands with the final etched at 1-1.
Following the final horn, Ben Smith '68 presented the Tim Taylor Cup, given to the MVP of the Harvard-Yale game played in Cambridge each season, to both goaltenders. Merrick Madsen made 27 saves for the Crimson, while Patrick Spano stopped 33, as both kept their teams in the game all night.
The first 56 minutes passed Saturday night without a blemish to either netminder, but at 16:44 of the third, Yale got on the board on a deflection by Ted Hart. Robbie DeMontis fired the initial shot towards the net from the left boards, but before Madsen could turn it away, the puck was redirected off Hart's shin pad and just inside the near post.
It took the Crimson just over a minute to respond. Senior Sean Malone made a strong drive towards the center of the offensive zone from the end boards and as he was being tripped up, he glided a pass to Esposito at the far post where he ripped the equalizer into the open side of the net.
The extra period saw just five shots on net, three from Yale and two from Harvard, but both netminders stood tall and kept the game even.
The whistles were quiet for most of the night as Yale had just one power play chance all night, in which it was unsuccessful, while Harvard was 0-for-3.
Harvard heads back out on the road next weekend visiting central New York to take on Cornell and Colgate.