Harvard Rallies to Tie No. 19 Princeton on the Road

Rogers registered his first multi-point game of the year and the 18th of his career (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

PRINCETON, N.J.—Junior forward Michael Biega scored with 57 seconds remaining in regulation play to complete a two-goal comeback and secure a 3-3 tie for the Harvard men’s hockey team against host Princeton Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink.

Biega scored the winning goal from directly in front of Princeton goaltender Zane Kalemba. He got open in the low slot and banged in a pass out of the right corner by Louis Leblanc. Biega, brother Alex and Doug Rogers each logged a goal and an assist for the Crimson (1-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC Hockey, 1-1-1 Ivy League), while Kyle Richter made 28 saves.

Harvard, which trailed 2-0 and 3-1, held a 37-31 edge in shots. Princeton (3-2-1, 2-1-1, 1-0-1) got goals from three different players, including two on its four power plays, and two assists from Cam McIntyre. The Crimson did not score in five man-advantage opportunities but forced Zane Kalemba to make 34 saves.

Following a scoreless first period that saw Harvard hold a 13-8 shots advantage, the Tigers took control with two quick goals in the middle of the second frame. Dan Bartlett stuffed in a puck at the left post at 9:27, and Mike Kramer scored from the slot just seven seconds later. Rogers, however, got the Crimson back in it quickly by ripping a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Kalemba from the left faceoff dot at 11:21. Alex and Michael Biega assisted on the play.

Princeton got the goal back on deflection goal by Sam Sabky, but Alex Biega goal cut the deficit to one at the second intermission. The Crimson captain got the puck in front from Rogers behind the net and slipped a shot by Kalemba for his first goal of the season less than three minutes before period’s end. Alex also played on a defensive pair with brother Danny Biega for the first time at any level. Harvard outshot Princeton, 15-8, in the second period.

Michael Biega's tying tally was the third period’s only score, and each team had one shot in overtime. Harvard’s came off the stick of Rogers, open in the slot, but Kalemba made a right-shoulder save to preserve the draw.