Yale Defeats Harvard Men’s Hockey

Biega leads ECAC Hockey defensemen with 21 points in league play (photo courtesy Thom Kendall). Buy Now
Biega leads ECAC Hockey defensemen with 21 points in league play (photo courtesy Thom Kendall).

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale took advantage of three breakaway goals and 15 Crimson penalties to defeat the Harvard men's hockey team, 7-1, Saturday night at sold-out Ingalls Rink.

The Bulldogs (12-13-2, 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, 5-4-0 Ivy League) held a 3-0 lead after one period, and the Crimson (8-8-11, 6-5-9, 3-2-5) could get no closer than its two-goal deficit following a Danny Biega score on the opening shift of the second period. Kenny Agostino and Kevin Limbert scored twice for Yale, and Nick Maricic made 25 saves.

Despite the loss, Harvard heads into the final weekend of the regular season controlling its destiny for a top-four ECAC Hockey finish and first-round playoff bye. The fifth-place Crimson can claim a weekend off with wins against St. Lawrence and fourth-place Clarkson.

Yale took control midway through the first period with goals by Antoine Laganiere and Andrew Miller in a two-minute span. Harvard gained momentum after calling timeout and regrouping following the second goal. The Bulldogs, however, pushed the lead to 3-0 when Laganiere made a long pass to spring Agostino for a breakaway goal at the 18:10 mark.

Harvard began the second period with a two-man advantage after Yale committed an elbowing penalty followed by a holding infraction on the delayed call. Biega cut the Bulldogs' lead to 3-1 just 23 seconds into the frame, shooting through traffic and past Maricic with Alex Killorn and Patrick McNally assisting. Killorn's helper was the 50th of his career.

The Crimson went on to outshoot the Bulldogs by a 14-9 margin in the period but was slowed by the referees' whistles. Harvard was called for six penalties leading to four Yale power plays. Kevin Limbert and Agostino scored breakaway goals for the Bulldogs, with the Agostino tally coming on a power play. Chad Ziegler was assessed a game misconduct for contact to the head. The Crimson could not, however, take advantage of the five-minute power play, which spanned the second intermission.

Biega made a great backcheck to lift Brian O'Neill's stick and prevent a scoring chance early in the third. The Crimson survived another O'Neill opportunity before spending several minutes cycling in the Yale zone and generating scoring chances. Maricic and the Bulldogs kept the puck out of their own net, and Limbert and Anthony Day scored on a pair of late power plays.

Steve Michalek made 11 saves for Harvard, while Raphael Girard stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced. Yale held a 37-26 edge in shots.