No. 3/3 Men’s Hockey Secures Second-Straight Ivy Title with 4-2 Win Against Yale

The Crimson earned its second-straight Ivy League title with a 4-2 win over Yale Friday night (Harvard Athletic Communications).

– No. 3/3 Harvard men's hockey wrapped up its second-straight Ivy League title with a 4-2 win over Yale at Ingalls Rink on Friday night. The Crimson earned back-to-back Ivy crowns for the first time since 1993-94.

Harvard (19-5-2, 13-4-2 ECAC) never trailed against the Bulldogs (10-11-5, 6-9-4 ECAC), scoring three unanswered goals until Yale finally got on the scoreboard late in the second period. The Crimson scored twice on man-up opportunities and added a shorthanded goal, while killing all six power play opportunities that Yale had.

Harvard took the early lead after senior Tyler Moy recieved a pass from classmate Sean Malone and beat the Yale goaltender Patrick Spano on a nice wrister with 12:18 left in the first frame. Moy added another score on the power play in the third period, knocking down a clear attempt from Yale and putting the moves on Spano for the late goal.

After taking a 1-0 lead into the second period, the Crimson rattled off two-straight goals to take a three-goal advantage. Senior Jake Horton blocked a shot on a Yale power play, and senior Luke Esposito grabbed control of the puck before taking it the distance for the shorthanded goal with 14:33 to go in the second period. The shorthanded tally was the 10th for the Crimson this season, the most in the nation.

Freshman John Marino then extended the Crimson lead to 3-0, knocking home a bouncing puck off the boards on man-up advantage with 4:37 to go in the second. Senior Clay Anderson and Esposito earned assists on the play.

Yale responded with a goal at the 3:21 mark of the second period, but Moy's goal in the third shut the door for the hosts. Yale added another score midway through the third frame, but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get, as the Crimson defense locked down to preserve the 4-2 win.

Sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen totaled 21 saves in net, and his defense was active all night, amassing 23 blocked shots. Horton led Harvard with six blocked shots.

The Crimson will return to action tomorrow night with an Ivy League contest against Brown at 7 p.m.