Late Push Not Enough, as Men's Ice Hockey Falls 3-1 at Union

Harvard's loss snapped a six-game unbeaten streak in ECAC Hockey road contests. (Peter R. Barber/Daily Gazette)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. --  A late game push by Harvard men's ice hockey fell short, as the Crimson (10-10-4, 9-6-3 ECAC Hockey) fell 3-1 at Union (17-13-1, 12-5-0 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night at Messa Rink. Sophomore forward Ty Pelton-Byce scored for the Crimson, which dropped its first league road contest since November. Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 27 saves in net for Harvard.

At 7:40 of the first period, Union scored on a broken play, as Liam Morgan found a bouncing puck and scored from the high slot through traffic.

Later in the period, Pelton-Byce knocked down a pass from Union goaltender Jake Kupsky, skated into the slot and beat the goaltender low at 14:50 for his second goal in as many games.

Lackey was at his best in the second period, kicking away a shorthanded chance midway through the frame, and making several goalmouth scramble saves during the frame. Union outshot Harvard 14-8 for the period.

Union pulled ahead when Morgan corralled a loose puck and beat Lackey high at 17:06. Then the Dutchmen scored again on a power play at 18:30 to take a two-goal lead.

Harvard carried the play in the third period, outshooting Union 14-5, but could not solve Kupsky (30 saves) 

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore forward Ty Pelton-Byce has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 24 games, a new career single-season high.
  • Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made his seventh start of the season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard's loss snapped an unbeaten 4-0-2 run in its last six ECAC Hockey road contests.
  • Harvard outshot its opponent (31-30) for the 19th time in 24 games played this season.

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