Harvard Men’s Hockey Powers Past Princeton, 4-3

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Kroshus, playing against his younger brother, Tom, scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on what proved to be the game-winner (photo courtesy Thom Kendall).

PRINCETON, N.J.—The nation's top power play netted three more man-advantage goals to lead the Harvard men's hockey team past host Princeton, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink.

Patrick McNally, Marshall Everson and Eric Kroshus scored power-play goals, and Kroshus assisted on Danny Biega's even-strength tally that held up as the game-winner. Steve Michalek made several key saves and totaled 31 stops to send the Crimson (4-3-3, 3-3-2 ECAC Hockey, 1-2-1 Ivy League) into first-semester exams on a four-game unbeaten streak.

McNally added two assists for his second straight three-point game, and Biega had one helper for his fifth straight game with two points. Marc Hagel scored twice to bring the Tigers (4-8-2, 3-6-1, 1-3-0) back from two goals down late in the second period. Sean Bonar made 22 saves as Princeton held a 34-26 shots edge.

The Tigers took a pair of overlapping boarding penalties in the game's first two minutes, and Harvard capitalized on its brief two-man advantage. Alex Killorn won a faceoff to Alex Fallstrom on the left wall, got the puck back and found McNally between the circles. The nation's highest-scoring freshman defenseman roofed a shot over Bonar at 1:48 of the opening period.

Harvard kept the play in the Princeton end for much of the period until the final three minutes, when Hagel rang a shot off the crossbar and Michalek made consecutive big saves on Jack Berger. The late flurry helped the Tigers to an 11-8 edge in first-period shots.

The Crimson struck again on the power play to double its lead at 9:18 of the second period. Everson scored his third goal in two games after Bonar stopped Luke Greiner's one-timer off a McNally pass.

Princeton again picked up its offense in the latter part of the period. Michalek kept the Tigers off the board with a lunging toe save on Tucker Brockett, but Hagel scored twice in 11 seconds to erase the Harvard lead in the final minute of the frame. The Tigers' captain scored on the power play and again after the faceoff following the goal. The Crimson outshot the Tigers, 10-8, in the second period.

Harvard started the third period on a power play after a late interference penalty on the Tigers. After passes from Colin Blackwell and Biega in the Crimson zone, Kroshus lofted the puck deep into the Tigers' end. Kroshus beat a Tiger to the puck and banged a shot low past Bonar at the 1:44 mark. 

Biega built the lead back to two at 6:59. McNally head-manned the puck to Kroshus, who passed to Biega. The junior defenseman ripped a wrist shot over Bonar's shoulder that bounced out so quickly that the red light did not go on initially. Kroshus batted in the rebound for good measure, but Biega's shot counted for a 4-2 lead.

Kevin Mills answered for Princeton after just 41 seconds, but the Tigers could not find an equalizer. Michalek dove to his right to rob Hagel from a shot into an apparently empty goal with about five minutes left. He then stopped Andrew Ammon in the final minute, before Blackwell's shot at the vacated Princeton goal hit the post five seconds before the final whistle.