Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 28 saves against Yale on Saturday night.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a tightly played contest, Harvard men's ice hockey (13-12-4, 11-8-3 ECAC Hockey) fell, 2-1, at Yale (15-13-1, 10-11-1 ECAC Hockey) to close out the 2017-18 regular season.
The Crimson, which controlled the play and dominated possession for long stretches of the game, were held in check by Yale goaltender Corbin Kaczperski (33 saves). Freshman forward Henry Bowlby scored for the Crimson, which clinched fourth place in the league standings last weekend and will have a first round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 28 saves in net for the Crimson.
Harvard controlled the play early, keeping the puck in the offensive zone for long stretches for much of the opening 15 minutes. Ty Pelton-Byce had Harvard's best chance, as Ryan Donato found him alone at the hash marks for a quick wrist shot that was turned away by Kaczperski.
Kevin O'Neil put Yale on the board first, putting in his own rebound at 17:39.
Madsen made one of his best stops of the night with a shoulder save on a one-timer from Joe Snively midway through the second period.
The Bulldogs maintained their one-goal lead early in the third, but the Crimson tied it on Bowlby's great individual effort. Senior forward Jake Horton won a neutral zone draw to Bowlby on the left wing, and the freshman skated between two Yale defenders and beat Kaczperski between the pads at 4:30 mark.
Bowlby had a chance to put the Crimson ahead minutes later after a great cross-ice feed from Adam Fox, but his redirection was smothered by Kaczperski.
O'Neil scored the game-winner for Yale at 16:44 on a partial breakaway from the right wing.
• Freshman forward Henry Bowlby has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five games and leads all Harvard freshmen with a plus-10 rating.
• Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (28 saves) has allowed two goals or less in six of his last seven starts against ECAC Hockey opponents.
• Harvard finished the night 0-for-6 on the man advantage with 12 shots on net on the power play.
• The Crimson will play the highest remaining seed after the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs. If all higher seeds win their first round series, that team would be No. 5 Dartmouth.