Crimson Bites No. 5 Bulldogs, 3-2
Leblanc (left) paced the Harvard offense, while Carroll and the defense stymied Yale's high-powered attack (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Louis Leblanc scored
twice and Ryan Carroll made 35 saves to help the Harvard
men’s hockey team knock off fifth-ranked rival Yale, 3-2,
Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center, the Crimson’s second
win against a top-10 team in as many home games.
Alex Fallstrom netted his first career goal as Harvard (3-10-2, 3-5-2 ECAC Hockey, 2-2-1 Ivy League) scored three goals in less than eight minutes of the second period and held off Yale (9-4-3, 5-2-2, 4-1-0) in the third. Leblanc registered his first multi-goal game, and Ryan Grimshaw logged two assists. Jeff Malcolm made 19 saves for the Bulldogs, who scored once in five power plays. Harvard was 1 for 7 with the man advantage. Yale held a 37-22 shots advantage.
Carroll played a solid opening period, stopping all 12 Yale shots to come his way. Malcolm needed to make just four saves, but had to stop two good chances by Alex Killorn. The sophomore had three of the Crimson’s four shots in the period but was stoned on a shot from the left side on the rush and from the slot on the power play.
Starting the second period with a power play, the Bulldogs scored on their first shot of the frame when Sean Backman skated in on the left side and put in a slap shot. Harvard, however, answered less than two minutes later with the first of two goals in a 64-second span. Leblanc had the tying goal, finishing off a touch pass from Conor Morrison at the right post after Alex Killorn centered the puck from the left boards.
Fallstrom’s first career goal gave Harvard the lead at 3:12. He beat Malcolm with a slap shot from the right circle after breakout passes from Grimshaw and Daniel Moriarty. Leblanc made it 3-1 midway through the period. Grimshaw took a cross-ice feed from Michael Biega and put a shot on net from wide on the left side. Leblanc put in the rebound for his sixth goal of the season, tying him for the team lead. Yale held an 11-10 edge in second-period shots.
Harvard got an early power play in the third period, and Killorn got a great chance to extend the lead to three goals, but his shot rang off the left post. Instead, Broc Little cut the deficit to one by roofing a shot from low on the right side on a delayed penalty. Yale continued to battle for a tying goal, outshooting Harvard by a 14-8 margin in the third, but the Crimson held strong. Carroll made a post-to-post slide to get a toe on a Brian O’Neill wraparound in the middle of the period and Denny Kearney’s shot hit the crossbar with three minutes left.