Senior forward Jake Horton and the Crimson fell to Cornell despite outshooting the Big Red 35-28 on the night. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a game effort against the No. 2 team in the nation, Harvard men's ice hockey (9-7-4, 8-4-3 ECAC Hockey) fell, 3-0, to No. 2/4 Cornell (17-2-1, 11-1-1 ECAC Hockey) in front of a sold-out crowd at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The loss snapped an eight-game (5-0-3) unbeaten streak for the Crimson.
The Crimson outshot the Big Red 35-28 for the game, but could not solve Cornell goaltender Matthew Galajda, who made 35 saves for the shutout. Cornell's Anthony Angello recorded a hat trick, leading the Big Red attack. Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 25 stops for the Crimson.
Cornell jumped out to an early lead, as Angello scored from the right circle at 7:19 to put the Big Red up early on.
Harvard killed off a penalty midway through the period and seemed to find its game in the final five minutes of the opening frame, with freshmen Benjamin Solin and Jack Badini each with quality scoring chances. The Crimson finished the night 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Harvard had two more power play chances in the second period, with its better opportunities coming on the second man advantage. Junior forward Ryan Donato tested Galajda on a wraparound and Badini followed up with two rebound chances.
Late in the second period, Galajda made perhaps his best stop of the night on junior forward Michael Floodstrand, who redirected a shot into his glove at 16:05 of the period.
Lackey came up with one of his best saves of the night moments later, kicking out the right pad on a quick shot from Kyle Betts from between the circles at 13:05 to help keep it a one goal game heading into the final 20 minutes.
Angello gave Cornell a two goal lead on a turnaround wrist shot in the slot at 6:33 of the third period and added an empty-net goal with one second remaining in regulation.
- Harvard saw two streaks come to an end - a 5-0-3 mark in its last eight games overall and 6-0-3 in its last nine games against ECAC Hockey competition.
- Harvard recorded its third straight perfect penalty killing effort, finishing the night 3-for-3 on the kill. The Crimson is now 84.9% on the season on the penalty kill.
- Junior forward Ryan Donato led Harvard with a game-high eight shots on net.
Harvard hosts Colgate tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in a game that will air on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.