Harvard Comes Back, Ties No. 18 North Dakota, 4-4

Killorn has 15 points in 11 games this season (photo courtesy Thom Kendall). Buy Now
Killorn has 15 points in 11 games this season (photo courtesy Thom Kendall).

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Alex Killorn scored a goal and assisted on two others, including Marshall Everson's tying tally, as the Harvard men's hockey team rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to tie No. 18 North Dakota, 4-4, Friday night in front of 11,550 fans in the first of two games this weekend at Engelstad Arena.

Steve Michalek made 33 saves, four in overtime, to help extend the Crimson's unbeaten streak to five games and keep Harvard (4-3-4) undefeated against nationally ranked competition. Patrick McNally and Alex Fallstrom also scored for the Crimson, while Killorn went 17-4 at the faceoff dot.

Harvard killed all five UND power plays, including one in the final minutes of overtime. Colin Blackwell led Harvard with four shots on goal, and Max Everson blocked three UND shots.

North Dakota (9-8-2) held a 4-2 advantage through two periods, but Fallstrom cut the deficit to one goal at 10:16 of the frame. Marshall Everson passed to a trailing Dan Ford on the rush. The defenseman moved to his backhand, and sent a low shot that Fallstrom redirected past Aaron Dell.

Marshall Everson tied the score at 4-4 with 6:44 left. He intercepted a UND clear and passed down low to Killorn. The senior center took the puck toward the net but had it poked away. Everson, however, followed his linemate to the net, collected the puck and roofed a shot from a difficult angle on the goal line to Dell's left.

The Crimson limited UND to five third-period shots, including chance through a screen by Danny Kristo that Michalek stopped. The rookie netminder turned away three shots during the overtime penalty kill. North Dakota finished with a 37-18 shots edge. Dell logged 14 saves, and Nick Mattson scored twice for UND.

McNally's goal came on Harvard's first shot of the game and was the only tally of the opening period. After Killorn won an offensive-zone faceoff on Harvard's first power play of the game, McNally skated in to pick up the puck. He went in alone on Dell, moved to his backhand and scored.

North Dakota had an earlier power play and looked poised to go ahead, but Luke Greiner dove to poke away the puck and prevent a UND shot into an open net. Back at even strength, Michael Parks got a short breakaway, but Michalek made a sprawling save with his pad, one of his eight first-period stops.

UND turned a one-goal deficit into a lead with goals 14 seconds apart in the second minute of the second period. Mattson struck first, on a shot through traffic from the right point. Brendan O'Donnell then made it 2-1 on a wrist shot from the right side.

Killorn drew the Crimson even after only 76 seconds. He took a long pass from Ryan Grimshaw, blew by a defender at the blue line, moved in from the right side and netted his team-leading seventh goal. Mattson gave the edge back to North Dakota at the 5:12 mark. UND came in on a three-on-two break while shorthanded, and Mattson scored from wide on the left side.

Michalek later made a tough save on Danny Kristo, but Connor Gaarder built the UND lead to 4-2 on a wraparound at 12:51 of the period. Michalek totaled 16 saves in the second period.