Cornell Withstands Harvard Men’s Hockey’s Comeback, 4-2

Colin Blackwell and the Crimson played a physical game against the Big Red in front of a full house at Bright (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).
Colin Blackwell and the Crimson played a physical game against the Big Red in front of a full house at Bright (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men's hockey team played two dominant periods after falling behind by three goals in the first, but Cornell hung on to defeat the Crimson, 4-2, in front of a boisterous sellout crowd of 3,076 Friday night at Bright Hockey Center.

Marshall Everson and Alex Fallstrom scored power-play goals to rally Harvard (0-2-1, 0-2-1 ECAC Hockey, 0-2-0 Ivy League) to within one goal before the Big Red (2-2-0, 2-1-0, 2-1-0) sealed the win by scoring late in the third period. Danny Biega and Luke Greiner assisted on each Harvard goal.

Cornell took advantage of Harvard penalties to jump out to a 3-0 first-period lead. The Crimson got off to a good start but Cole Bardreau put the Big Red on top barely five minutes into the game.

Following a big, legal hit by David Valek, the Crimson was hit with a major penalty and game misconduct for grabbing a Cornell facemask in the scrum. Another Harvard penalty soon followed, and Nick D'Agostino scored once with a two-man advantage and once while one man up.

Despite playing without top goal-scorer Alex Killorn, the Crimson turned the tide in the final two frames. Harvard held Cornell to four shots in each period after the Big Red logged 18 first-period shots. The Crimson finished 2 for 6 on power plays, while the Big Red was 2 for 4. Andy Iles made 18 saves in the win. Harvard's Raphael Girard stopped 15 shots in the first period, and Steve Michalek made seven saves over the final two.

Everson got Harvard rolling at 6:16 of the second period. Greiner passed out of the right corner to Biega at the point, and Everson redirected the defenseman's long shot past Iles. Fallstrom was later robbed from the low slot on a glove save by Iles but trimmed the Big Red lead to one goal 11 seconds before the period ended, banging in the rebound after another pass from Greiner and point shot from Biega.

Harvard held a 10-4 edge in shots in the second period and a 7-4 advantage in the third but could not break through for the tying goal. Iles made a key save on Fallstrom coming down the left side. He later stopped Colin Blackwell after the freshman made a nifty move around a defender. After that stop, Cornell's Brian Ferlin took the puck back the other way and centered to John Esposito for the clinching goal.