Lackey's Strong Night Not Enough; Men's Ice Hockey Falls, 2-0 at No. 14 Cornell

Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves in Harvard's game at Cornell on Friday night.

ITHACA, N.Y. –
Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves, but Harvard men's ice hockey (7-6-3, 4-5-2 ECAC Hockey) fell, 2-0, to No. 14/15 Cornell (10-5-1, 6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Jan. 18) at Lynah Rink.

In a tightly played game, a few missed chances for the Crimson, plus the performance of goaltender Matthew Galajda (25 saves) made the difference.

It was a spirited first period between the two rivals with both teams getting good scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes. Midway through the frame, Harvard had perhaps its best chances, with a 2-on-1 followed by a Jack Rathbone wraparound – both shots were turned away by Galajda.

Cornell quickly took a 1-0 lead in the early minutes of the second period on a 2-on-1 down low.

Lackey made several key stops midway through the period before Harvard pushed back. At 16:30, Rathbone had another good chance, skating into the circle and firing a wrist shot into the chest of Galajda on a rebound chance.

But the Big Red added another goal a moment later on its first power play opportunity of the night, taking a 2-0 lead heading into the final period of play.

Harvard killed off a five-minute major penalty (Adam Baughman) early on in the third period, but could not get one past Galajda, as the Crimson were shutout for the first time this season.

Harvard Highlights

  • In his first start at Lynah Rink, senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves, allowing two goals or less for the 10th time in the last 12 games. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play, just the fourth time this season the Crimson has not scored on the man advantage. Harvard still leads the nation power play percentage (20-for-58, 34.5%).
  • Harvard fell to 3-4-1 against ranked teams this season.