Madsen’s Shutout Leads No. 6/6 Men’s Hockey Past Brown, 3-0

Merrick Madsen is a finalist for the Ken Dryden ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year Award (Gil Talbot).
Merrick Madsen is a finalist for the Ken Dryden ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year Award (Gil Talbot).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen earned his second shutout of season, stopping 26 shots to lead the sixth-ranked Harvard men's hockey team to a 3-0 shutout of Brown Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

In addition to Madsen's stellar performance, freshman Frédéric Grégoire notched his first career goal in just his second game, as Harvard tallied one goal in each of the periods Friday.

Harvard's penalty kill unit proved efficient in the contest, going 4-for-4 on the night, while the power play unit was 1-for-4. The Crimson remain the nation's top power play team, converting at a 29.6 percent clip after tonight's game.

Grégoire got the scoring started at 7:56 of the opening frame when he attempted to center the puck from behind the Brown cage and it deflected off a defenseman's skate and into the goal. Jake Horton and Michael Floodstrand collected the assists on the play.

Harvard doubled its lead just past the midpoint of the second frame on the power play. Working the puck throughout the offensive zone, Clay Anderson teed up a shot off a pass from Adam Fox. The blast from the left face-off circle was redirected in front by the stick of Nathan Krusko, finding a pathway between the Brown netminder's leg pads and across the goal line for the score.

The final goal of the game came with 93 seconds left to play and the Brown net empty, as Sean Malone and Tyler Moy moved the puck up the ice, ending with Moy finishing off the play for his 10th of the season.

Harvard returns to the ice Saturday evening, hosting archrival Yale at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on NESN and the Ivy League Digital Network.