Bozoian recorded his first goal and first assist in the same game (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Doug Rogers and Sam Bozoian were among five Crimson players with multiple points games to lead the Harvard men's hockey team to a 5-2 win against Brown Friday night at Meehan Auditorium in the 156th installment in college hockey's oldest rivalry.
Alex Biega, Rogers and Louis Leblanc scored power-play goals for the Crimson (7-12-3, 6-6-3 ECAC Hockey, 4-3-1 Ivy League), while Rogers and Bozoian also had even-strength tallies to help Harvard improve to 4-1-1 in its last six league games. Biega, Rogers and Bozoian had assists to go with their goals, while Chad Morin and Alex Killorn notched two helpers each.
Ryan Carroll made 27 saves to lead a 10-for-11 penalty-killing effort. Anthony Borelli made 21 saves for Brown (7-13-2, 5-8-2, 2-5-0) in relief of Mike Clemente, who stopped nine shots. Harvard outshot Brown, 35-29.
Harvard took an early two-goal lead with a four-on-four goal and a power-play goal barely two minutes apart. Rogers struck first. After Morin passed to Biega, Rogers grabbed the rebound of Biega's wide shot and banked a bad-angle backhand off Clemente and in from the left side. Biega notched a goal of his own with a slap shot from the point through traffic after passes from Chris Huxley and Killorn. Marshall Everson nearly had a goal as well, but his deflection past Clemente hit the left post.
The Bears trimmed the margin to one goal after Huxley was whistled for a hitting-from-behind major. Jeff Buvinow scored on a low shot from the left faceoff dot. The Crimson survived the rest of that five-minute power play, including an 80-second two-man disadvantage, and another penalty to take a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Harvard held a 9-6 edge first-period shots.
Bozoian gave Harvard a 3-1 lead in the second period. He tipped in the first goal of his career off Chad Morin's one-timer of a pass from Rogers. Brown again cut into the lead with a goal five minutes before the end of the frame, off the stick of Francis Drolet. Brown outshot Harvard by a 13-11 margin in the period as the Crimson killed another hitting-from-behind major, by Danny Biega, that spanned the second intermission.
Leblanc made it 4-2 by banging home the puck from the left side after a pass from Bozoian, who got the rebound of Killorn's shot from the slot. Harvard finished the game on a power play after Brown's Aaron Volpatti was issued a major penalty of his own. Rogers added an empty-netter in the final minute, breaking up a Bears clear and burying a shot from the blue line. Harvard held a 15-10 shots advantage in the final stanza.