CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2/2 Harvard men's hockey team (24-5-2) rallied from a third-period deficit for the second night in a row, as the Crimson scored twice in the final frame to take a 4-3 victory over Yale (13-15-5) Saturday at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. With the win, the Crimson advance to the ECAC Hockey semifinals in Lake Placid, New York March 17.
Harvard's game time and opponent for that matchup are still to be determined, as two quarterfinal series will play a game three Sunday. Cornell versus Clarkson and Quinnipiac versus St. Lawrence will meet for decisive games to determine the final two entrants to the semifinals. No. 6/7 Union has already advanced, sweeping Princeton.
The win marked the 200th in the career of Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. The win also ensured an unbeaten home record for the Crimson, who finish the year 13-0-2 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, the first unbeaten season at home since 1993-94 (10-0-3). Harvard's 24 wins is also its most in a season since that 1993-94 campaign.
The power play was firing on all cylinders Saturday night, converting on 3-of-5 opportunities, including the game-winner in the third period by Lewis Zerter Gossage.
The line of Sean Malone, Luke Esposito and Tyler Moy continued to punish the Bulldogs in game two of the ECAC quarterfinal series. One night after registering nine points, the three seniors combined for six more Saturday. Moy and Esposito each had a goal and assist and Malone handed out two assists Saturday.
Yale had the edge early scoring 1:03 into the game on Mike Doherty's seventh of the year. The power play unit swung the score in the Crimson's favor with two tallies later in the period. Esposito notched the first goal, driving right through the Yale defense to collect a pass from Malone and beat Sam Tucker in the Yale net. Alexander Kerfoot made it a 2-1 Harvard lead when he one-timed a feed from Tyler Moy at 15:52.
The second period tilted the score back in the favor of the Bulldogs, as they scored twice to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. John Hayden scored on the power play at 1:02 and Andrew Guas closed the frame with an even strength goal at 18:27.
Harvard regrouped during the break and scored twice in the first seven minutes of final period to reclaim the lead. The equalizer came when Esposito made a play to keep the puck in the offensive zone, nudging the puck to Malone who attack the net from the left before dishing off to Moy opposite him for the goal.
Fifty second later, with the Crimson working another power play, Zerter-Gossage stuffed his own rebound under Tucker's blocker, getting enough of the puck to push it just over the goal line. A sly pass from Kerfoot set Zerter-Gossage up at the doorstep.