Everson Scores Twice, Harvard Men’s Hockey Ties UMass, 4-4

Everson recorded his second and third goals of the season for his first two-goal game (photo courtesy Thom Kendall).
Everson recorded his second and third goals of the season for his first two-goal game (photo courtesy Thom Kendall).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Marshall Everson scored two goals, Patrick McNally logged three assists and the Harvard men's hockey team came back from a goal down four times to tie Massachusetts, 4-4, Friday night at the Mullins Center.

Playing on an Olympic-size ice surface for the first time this season against a team unbeaten at home, the Crimson (3-3-3) battled back four times in front of a crowd of 4,618. Alex Killorn and Tommy O'Regan also scored, while Danny Biega notched two assists for the third straight game. The forward line of Everson, Killorn and Alex Fallstrom totaled 27 shots on goal, including 11 by Killorn alone.

UMass (4-7-4) scored in the first two minutes of the game and within about a minute of each of Harvard's first three goals. Kevin Boyle made 40 saves as Harvard put a season-high 44 shots on goal. Steve Michalek stopped 31 of 35 UMass shots. The Crimson was 2 for 6 on power plays, while allowing its opponent only one man advantage for the second game in a row.

The Minutemen scored just 99 seconds into the game, as Conor Sheary finished off a pass from T.J. Syner on a 2-on-1 rush. UMass took the 1-0 lead to the first intermission, as Boyle got a shoulder on an Everson wrist shot from the slot in the final minute. The Minutemen held a 9-7 edge in first-period shots.

Mike Seward made a nifty move stepping into the center of the offensive zone to draw a hook, and another Minuteman high-sticked Fallstrom, setting up Harvard for a two-man advantage. UMass killed the first penalty, but Everson scored shortly thereafter. The junior backhanded in the rebound of a Danny Biega shot after a point-to-point pass from Patrick McNally.

Massachusetts regained the lead barely a minute later, off the stick of Colin Shea. Killorn made it another tie on Harvard's next power play, with his team-leading sixth goal. He shot and scored on the rush after passes from McNally and Biega.

Again, UMass had an answer, from Danny Hobbs at 15:04 of the period. The Minutemen led, 3-2, after two periods despite allowing Harvard 17 shots on goal in the second period.

Harvard did not convert on its first power play of the third period but instead evened the score at even strength. After a defensive-zone draw, McNally moved the puck forward to Fallstrom. The junior faked a shot inside the offensive blue line and carried the puck deep before centering to Everson for a redirection to tie the score at 3-3 at the 7:26 mark.

Michalek appeared to keep the game knotted with a pair of point-blank saves on Steven Guzzo, but the UMass forward's third attempt crept over the goal line, 65 seconds after Harvard had tied the game. The Crimson got even again at 12:04, when O'Regan deflected Danny Fick's point shot out of the air following a pass from Colin Blackwell on the half wall.

UMass took the puck deep into the Harvard zone right after the opening draw of overtime, but Sheary plowed through Michalek to give Harvard a power play nine seconds into the extra session. The Minutemen killed the penalty, with Harvard's best chance coming on a stuff attempt by Everson at the right post. Boyle later stopped Fallstrom on a wraparound chance. Harvard threatened on a rush in the closing seconds, but the game ended in the Crimson's second straight tie.

Harvard held a 14-10 shots advantage in the third period and a 5-3 edge in overtime.