Men's Hockey's Comeback Attempt Falls Short Against St. Lawrence, 4-3, in Overtime

Gil Talbot
Gil Talbot

Alex Fallstrom tied the game at three midway through the second period on his fourth goal of the year (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Men's Hockey vs. St. Lawrence, Jan. 26, 2013

– The Harvard men's hockey team battled back from a pair of deficits, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson fell to St. Lawrence, 4-3, in overtime Saturday evening at Bright Hockey Center in an ECAC Hockey contest.

The Crimson fell behind 2-0 and 3-2 and rallied to tie the game each time to extend the game to overtime. However, in the extra session, George Hughes found the back of the net to drop the Crimson to 5-13-1 on the season and 3-11-0 in conference play.

Freshman Jimmy Vesey scored two goals, and senior assistant captain Alex Fallstrom tallied one to pace the Crimson offensive attack. Colin Blackwell and Brian Hart both assisted on Vesey's two goals, while Tommy O'Regan and Luke Greiner also picked up helpers.

Both teams got off to a slow start in the first period despite an early power play for the Crimson.

The Saints struck first, as sophomore Patrick Doherty sent home a rebound in front of the net with 11:50 remaining in the opening period. Less than 2 minutes later, St. Lawrence's Greg Carey converted a cross-ice pass from Kyle Flanagan in a delayed penalty situation to push the advantage to two.

Following a successful penalty kill, a power-play goal by freshman Jimmy Vesey, his ninth of the season, helped turn the momentum Harvard's way with just over five minutes remaining in the first.

Despite giving the Saints four power-play opportunities, the Crimson was able to even up the score at three in the second period.

Just 11 seconds into the second period, the Crimson's top line struck for the third time in the last two nights. A long pass from Hart off the face-off found Blackwell near the goal, who delivered to Vesey . The freshman buried the puck into the top of the cage to even the score at two.

St. Lawrence continued to put pressure on Crimson netminder Ralphael Girard, earning two penalties and holding a 5-on-3 advantage for 30 seconds midway through the frame. The Crimson was able to kill off both penalties to keep the score tied.

While Harvard was able to keep the Saints off the board early in the period, Jeremy Wick backhanded a trickling puck into the net to restore the SLU advantage.

Harvard didn't take long to respond, as Alex Fallstrom ripped a rebound off a blocked shot by Tommy O'Regan to even the score again.

In the third period, the Crimson came out of the locker room firing, but a flurry of shots in the opening minutes just missed giving Harvard its first lead of the night.

The Crimson had its own 5-on-3 opportunity, skating with two extra skates for two full minutes with just under three minutes remaining. Despite the disadvantage, St. Lawrence was able to keep Harvard at bay and extend the game to overtime.

SLU maintained possession of the puck for the majority of the extra session, and it paid off with 1:23 remaining in the game when George Hughes blasted a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle to give the Saints the critical two points in ECAC play.

Harvard will look to rebound when it travels to RPI Feb. 1. Puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.