Carroll held Yale to its lowest scoring output of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Jimmy Martin scored at 4:36 of the third period, and Ryan Rondeau stopped all 34 Crimson shots as No. 3 Yale edged the Harvard men's hockey team, 1-0, Friday night at sold-out Ingalls Rink.
Ryan Carroll made 34 saves to help Harvard (4-17-0, 3-13-0 ECAC Hockey, 0-7-0 Ivy League) hold the nation's top-scoring offense to one goal, but the Crimson could not quite hand the Bulldogs (18-4-0, 12-3-0, 6-1-0) their first home loss in front of 3,500 fans.
Instead, Martin broke a 44-minut deadlock in favor of the Elis. He scored on a point shot following an offensive-zone faceoff win by Jesse Root. Three minutes later on the other end, it took video review to confirm that Alex Killorn's shot past Rondeau did not cross the goal line until after the whistle.
Harvard continued to pressure. A hitting-from-behind call yielded a Harvard power play with four minutes left, but Rondeau closed his pads in time to stop a would-be goal from Chris Huxley, who charged to the net in an attempt to finish off a feed from Killorn.
Yale held a 35-34 shots advantage and was scoreless on three power plays. The Crimson was 0 for 3 with the man advantage.
The rivals were evenly matched in the opening period, with each side logging nine shots on goal. The Bulldogs' best chance came when they caught Harvard in a line change to gain a three-on-one break, but Carroll was there to deny Chris Cahill. The Crimson line of Daniel Moriarty, Matt McCollem and Colin Moore pinned Yale in its own end and generated several chances.
Harvard was whistled for briefly overlapping penalties, but it was the Crimson creating the best opportunity during the Yale power plays. Rence Coasssin tapped the puck away from two Bulldogs at center ice and raced away on a breakaway, but Rondeau got a pad on Coassin's low shot to keep the game scoreless through one frame.
The Crimson controlled the early part of the second period, earning the first power play of the frame and recording 10 of the first 13 shots. Rondeau made back-to-back saves on Marshall Everson and Pier-Olivier Michaud in front after a nifty pass out of the right corner by Alex Fallstrom.
Yale regained some momentum with its first power play of the period, but Carroll held strong, stoning Kevin Limbert from point-blank range. Harvard held a 12-11 edge in second-period shots, and Yale owned a 15-13 edge in the third period.