Ryan Donato scored for Harvard in the second period (Gil Talbot).
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Power play success proved to be a determining factor in Saturday night's ECAC Hockey championship game, as No. 2/2 Quinnipiac converted on 3-of-6 opportunities, while Harvard went 0-for-4, falling to the Bobcats, 4-1.
Harvard (19-10-4, 12-6-4 ECAC) still remains in contention for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, as it stands 11th in the pairwise rankings. The NCAA Tournament selection show will air live on ESPNU at 12 p.m. Sunday.
Concluding an otherwise even opening 20 minutes of action, Harvard's Luke Esposito was sent to the box after a hit behind the Quinnipiac net on Sam Anas. After a review of the play, the referees determined that a five-minute major was in order. A total of 4:51 of that penalty carried over to the second period, which Quinnipiac took advantage of.
Tim Clifton scored the Bobcats first goal 1:11 into the second with Landon Smith assisting on the play. The extended power play continued for Quinnipiac and at 3:02, Smith assisted on another goal, this time sending an initial shot towards net that Bo Pieper tipped in. Harvard was able to kill off the remainder of the penalty, but Quinnipiac carried a 2-0 lead after the first five minutes of the second.
Quinnipiac pushed its lead out to 3-0 on yet another power play goal, this time with Adam Baughman sitting for holding. K.J. Tiefenwerth found the back of the mesh at 7:20 for his seventh of the season.
Harvard's response came eight seconds after the ensuing face off when freshman Ryan Donato stole the puck at the blue line, put a move on a Quinnipiac defender and completed the terrific individual effort with a laser in the top corner over Garteig's left shoulder.
Harvard controlled the action for much of the third period, primarily during 5-on-5 play, but was unable to mount a substantive comeback. Quinnipiac sealed the win with 1:09 left when Scott Davidson scored on an empty net.
Postgame, Harvard senior forward Jimmy Vesey was selected to the ECAC Playoffs All-Tournament Team.