Harvard and RPI skated to a 2-2 tie in a Tuesday night road contest. (Ben Vreeland)
TROY, N.Y. – Junior Michael Floodstrand and senior Jake Horton scored, as Harvard men's ice hockey (7-6-2, 6-3-1 ECAC Hockey) earned a 2-2 tie at Rensselaer (3-15-4, 2-7-2 ECAC Hockey) on Tuesday night at Houston Field House.
The Engineers struck first on Viktor Liljegren's wrist shot from the right circle at 5:12. Harvard carried the play for long stretches in the frame, outshooting the Engineers 13-4 in the first period, but trailed by a goal after the opening 20 minutes.
Harvard continued to play long stretches in RPI's end throughout the second period, drawing four power plays in the frame, including two 5-on-3 opportunities. But the Engineers killed off Harvard's chances on the man advantage, with the best opportunity coming off the stick of Reilly Walsh, who fired just wide on a 2-on-1 down low.
While Lackey faced few shots in the first two periods, he did make a big blocker save early on in the frame on a partial breakaway for Jacob Hayhurst at the 14:00 mark.
The Crimson tied the game on an even strength goal from Michael Floodstrand, his second in as many games. Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox carried the puck deep into the RPI zone down the right wing and found Floodstrand in the slot, who beat RPI goaltender Linden Marshall with a low wrist shot at 16:14.
Harvard took its first lead of the night midway through the third period, as Viktor Dombrovskiy corralled a failed RPI clear at the left point and fired a wrist shot to the slot that Horton redirected in at 5:56.
On a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third, the Engineers tied the game on a shot through traffic by Jared Wilson at 10:07.
In overtime, Harvard had several chances to win it, including a wrist shot from the high slot from Fox that Marshall covered.
- Junior forward Michael Floodstrand scored for the second straight game and now has three goals on the season, surpassing his previous single season high.
- Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox in his return from the World Junior Championships, notched his team best 10th assist of the season.
- Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made eight saves and was relieved in net by senior Merrick Madsen, who made 11 stops in the third period and overtime combined.
- Harvard is in search of its first win at Houston Field House since a 4-0 win on Nov. 7, 2014.
- Harvard is unbeaten in its last four games (3-1-0) and is now 5-1-2 in its last eight games.
Harvard returns home to take on Princeton and Quinnipiac at Bright-Landry Hockey Center with the Crimson hosting the Tigers on Friday night at 7 p.m..