The men’s hockey team capped off a woeful weekend for Yale in the storied Harvard-Yale rivalry with a Friday night loss to the Crimson. After the men’s basketball team and women’s hockey team had been thrashed by Harvard forces, the hockey team lost narrowly by a 4–3 score. The loss dropped the Elis to 0–4–1 in their past five games and gave Harvard its first win since Dec. 10.
“We had moments in all three periods where we played well,” head coach Keith Allain ’80 said. “Our energy, work ethic and emotion were there, but it wasn’t quite good enough,”
The Bulldogs (8–10–2, 5–7–1 ECAC) outshot the Crimson (5–6–8, 4–4–6) by a 39–35 margin which marked the second game in a row that the Elis fell despite possessing this advantage. Last Saturday against RPI, the Bulldogs led in shots on goal 46–18 but fell 2–1. This time, the Elis managed to convert more opportunities but still fell short in front of 3,095 at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center.
The Cantabs played disciplined hockey, allowing only one power play to the Elis. This power play was awarded in the first period and Yale was unable to capitalize. On the other side of the man-advantage, Harvard converted a crucial goal on one of its four power plays.
After defenseman Nick Jaskowiak ’12 went to the box for tripping, Harvard created some offense, and Marshall Everson scored his eighth goal of the year to put the Cantabs up 3–2 with about ten minutes to play in the contest.
After going down 1–0 only four minutes into the game, the Bulldogs scored goals just 13 seconds later to take back the lead in the blink of an eye. With about five minutes remaining in the period, Jaskowiak scored his first goal of the year when he launched a shot from the blue line that navigated through traffic and found the back of the net.
Just after the ensuing face-off, forward Andrew Miller ’13 chased down a puck in the Harvard end and picked out captain Brian O’Neill ’12 in the high slot. After moving past a defender, O’Neill beat Harvard goalie Steve Michalek stick-side for his 13th tally of the season.
After the Crimson came back and took a 3–2 lead, the Elis managed to play catch-up one more time. With only four minutes remaining, defenseman Gus Young ’14 corralled a failed Harvard clearance and fired a quick snap shot to tie things up at three.
But Harvard won the battle down the stretch. With about one minute left to play, Harvard’s Alex Killorn scored his second goal of the night after an odd-man rush gave him an open shot on the right side of the ice. After Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm ’13 saved Killorn’s first attempt, the Harvard center tried again and managed to put a backhand between Malcolm’s legs for a 4–3 Harvard victory.
The Elis will take to the ice again tonight when they travel to Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. matchup.