Harvard Men’s Hockey Wins Special-Teams Battle, Beats Cornell, 4-3
Killorn has scored five goals in the last three games (photo courtesy Steve Babineau). Scroll down for video highlights and interviews
ITHACA, N.Y.—Alex Killorn scored twice and Danny Biega netted the tie-breaking goal with 7:21 left in the game as the Harvard men's hockey team defeated rival Cornell, 4-3, Friday night at Lynah Rink.
Danny and Michael Biega each logged a goal and two assists as Harvard (6-18-1, 4-13-1 ECAC Hockey, 1-7-1 Ivy League) went 3 for 4 on the power play to send the fish-throwing, sellout crowd of 4,267 home unhappy. Chris Huxley notched a pair of assists and helped the Crimson limit the Big Red (12-11-3, 10-7-2, 2-4-1) to one total shot on three power plays.
The winning tally came just 21 seconds after a hooking call against the Big Red. Michael Biega sent a pass from the right side of the zone to his younger brother on the left, and Danny put home a one-timer. The Crimson held off the Big Red the rest of the way, as Ryan Carroll made 10 of his 27 saves in the final period.
Cornell's Mike Garman stopped 24 Harvard shots as the Big Red held a 30-28 shots advantage. Killorn notched a team-high seven shots, and Luke Greiner went 7-3 on faceoffs.
The Big Red took the lead on the game's first shot, just 31 seconds after the opening faceoff, when Nick D'Agostino snuck a shot inside the near post from the left faceoff circle.
Harvard countered with offensive pressure of its own, but Garman stopped Killorn on the Crimson's best early chance. On the other end, Carroll made consecutive sprawling saves on Sean Collins shortly before Dan Nicholls was whistled for slew-footing Danny Fick. The Crimson capitalized on the tripping call at 7:28 of the period, when, from in front of the right post, Killorn redirected in Chris Huxley's point shot after Michael Biega passed the puck out of the right corner.
During four-on-four play, a neutral-zone give-and-go with Michael Del Mauro left Michael Biega open from a wrist shot from the right circle. He found the top left corner for a 2-1 lead at 15:09. The Crimson killed a three-minute Big Red power play and took the one-goal lead to the intermission. Each team had 13 first-period shots.
Joe Devin tied the score at 2-2 at 8:55 of the second period, scoring on a low wrist shot following a Tyler Roeszler pass. About four minutes went by before Killorn gave the lead back to the Crimson. Daniel Moriarty passed from the corner to Danny Biega between the tops of the circles. Garman stopped Biega's shot through a Killorn screen, but the junior center hopped on the puck and roofed a backhand shot. Harvard outshot Cornell, 8-6, in the middle stanza.
The Big Red again got the first goal in the third period, at the 8:32 mark. Nicholls wrapped the puck around the Harvard net and got it to John Esposito on the right side for the finish. Cornell was called for delay of game after fans threw fish on the ice to celebrate. Harvard was held scoreless on that power play but scored the game-winner on its next man-advantage chance.