TROY, N.Y. – Despite out-shooting Rensselaer (4-19-1, 2-10-0 ECAC), 41-31, the No. 2/3 Harvard men's hockey team (11-3-1, 7-2-1 ECAC) suffered just its third loss of the season Friday night at Houston Field House, falling to the Engineers, 4-0.
Rensselaer starting goaltender Chase Perry earned the shutout for the home team, making 41 saves. Merrick Madsen made the start for Harvard, but Cameron Gornet relieved him to begin the third period and made 11 saves on all 11 shots he faced.
The Engineers scored twice in each of the first two periods to account for all of the scoring. Two of the Rensselaer goals came on the power play, including its first goal of the night from Jacob Hayhurst 2:38 into the game. The second Rensselaer goal came with just 0.6 left on the clock in the opening frame when Brady Wiffen capitalized on a Harvard turnover in the neutral zone and was able to convert before the horn.
The two goals in the second frame both came with less than three minutes left in the period. Jesper Ohrvall scored his first of the season at 17:42 to make it 3-0 and then once again just before the period came to an end, Jared Wilson found the back of the mesh to make it 4-0 on Rensselaer second power play goal.
The Crimson goaltending change to start the third stopped the Engineers from adding to their lead, but the offense remained stifled as the score of 4-0 held through the final buzzer.
Harvard returns to action Saturday night in Schenectady, facing No. 11/11 Union at 7 p.m.