Brown Spoils Biega Hat Trick, Tops Harvard Men’s Hockey, 4-3

Brown Spoils Biega Hat Trick, Tops Harvard Men’s Hockey, 4-3

Biega's third, fourth, and fifth goals of the season came within a 10-minute span (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Michael Biega recorded a natural hat trick to rally the Harvard men's hockey team from a two-goal deficit, but Brown scored twice in the third period to defeat the Crimson, 4-3, Friday night at Bright Hockey Center.

Garnet Hathaway scored the tying goal on a delayed penalty, and Harry Zolnierczyk tallied the game-winner 19 seconds later to erase a 3-2 Harvard lead, courtesy of Biega's second career hat trick. Marco DiFilippo made 32 saves to pick up the win in the 157th renewal of college hockey's oldest rivalry.

Alex Killorn and Danny Biega each recorded a pair of assists for Harvard (3-10-0, 2-8-0 ECAC Hockey, 0-4-0 Ivy League). Ryan Carroll made 31 saves, as each side finished with 35 shots. Brown twice scored two goals in spans of 35 seconds or shorter and had two power-play goals in five chances. The Crimson was 1 for 4 with the man advantage.

After 27 minutes went by without a goal, the scores came fast and furious. The Bears (5-5-4, 3-3-1, 2-1-0) built a 2-0 lead with goals 35 seconds apart. Chris Zaires struck first, on the power play, collecting a wide shot from Mark Hourihan and tucking it inside the right post. Next up was Bobby Farnham, putting away a rebound after the Crimson could not corral it.

Michael Biega tied the game almost as quickly. He blasted a one-timer over DeFilippo's shoulder off a left-to-right, cross-ice feed from Killorn at 8:28. His next goal came 76 seconds later, when he finished from the right slot after Killorn found him on the rush. Danny Biega assisted on both plays.

Harvard took the lead about two minutes before the second intermission and 34 seconds after a Brown penalty. Dan Ford got the puck to Eric Kroshus on the left side of the zone, his shot was blocked, but Biega found it in space around the bottom of the right circle, waited for DiFilippo to commit and then shot it in for Harvard's first hat trick of the season.

The Crimson held a 14-8 edge in third-period shots, but Hathaway tied the game at 7:11 of the period and Zolnierczyk struck on the next shift. Harvard could not score in 73 seconds of six-on-five play to close the game.

The first period featured 25 shots on goal but no shots in goal. Brown held a 15-10 shots advantage. Six of those shots came from the near the blue line or outside it, but with the Bears on a power play, Matt Wahl forced a diving glove save by Carroll to keep the game scoreless.