Michael Floodstrand had the first multi-point game of his career Saturday (Gil Talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 9/8 Harvard men's hockey team (11-4-3, 7-3-3) earned its first victory at Lynah Rink since the 2012-13 season Saturday night, topping the No. 10/10 Cornell Big Red (11-5-3, 6-4-2) on its home ice, 6-2.
The Crimson power play was electric once again, scoring on three man-advantage situations, including twice in the first period. Going 3-for-4 on the night, Harvard's power play is 21-for-68 on the year, good for a 31.8 conversion percentage.
Merrick Madsen continues to excel in goal for the Crimson. The sophomore made 23 saves to improve to 10-1-2 through his first 13 games as a starter.
Scoring got underway 2:22 into the first period with one of those power play tallies. Alexander Kerfoot fed a pass from the corner to Colin Blackwell at the opposite face-off dot. Blackwell's first shot was blocked by the pads of Cornell goaltender Mitch Gillam, but the rebound came right back to Blackwell's stick and he did not miss on his second attempt.
A little over 11 minutes into the period, freshman Michael Floodstrand made it a 2-0 Harvard lead when he cleaned up a rebound off a Brayden Jaw shot attempt. Jaw's opportunity came from the left side of Gillam, deflecting off the leg pad to Floodstrand on the doorstep for the put-back goal, his second of the year. Harvard's power play struck again at 13:50 to extend the lead to 3-0. Quick passing led to the goal, as Kerfoot hit Jimmy Vesey down low and Vesey set up Kyle Criscuolo for the one-timer directly in front of the net. The goal is Criscuolo's 14th of the season, tying Vesey for the team lead.
Cornell notched the game's next two goals, 2:58 apart. The Big Red's Ryan Bliss got the home team on the board just before the first intermission at 19:46 and then Trevor Yates made it a 3-2 game 2:44 into the second with his fourth of the year.
Harvard responded with two goals of its own to extend the lead back out to three. Wiley Sherman picked up his third of the season, calling for the puck at the blue line where Blackwell set him up for a rocket of a one-timer that beat Gillam. The Crimson power play took advantage up a Cornell penalty in the final minute of the period as Luke Esposito slid deep into the offensive zone before wristing a shot top shelf for his fourth of the year.
The 5-2 advantage held for 19:59 of the third period until Tyler Moy's full-ice shot crossed the goal line before the horn to bring the final score to 6-2. Floodstrand earned the assist on the goal to post the first multi-point game of his career.
Harvard returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center next Friday, Jan. 29 to host Princeton on NESN at 7:30, before taking on Boston College Monday, Feb. 1 in the first round of the 64th Annual Beanpot at TD Garden.