Greiner logged an assist and 10 faceoff wins and drew a first-period power play for Harvard (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Top-ranked Yale took advantage of Crimson penalties with a pair of power-play goals to defeat the Harvard men's hockey team, 4-2, Saturday night at sold-out Bright Hockey Center.
Danny Biega scored twice, but penalties by Harvard (3-11-0, 2-9-0 ECAC Hockey, 0-5-0 Ivy League) led to eight power plays for the Bulldogs (14-1-0, 8-0-0, 4-0-0). Four different players scored for Yale, which held a 39-31 shots edge in front of the crowd of 3,076. The Crimson got 35 saves from Ryan Carroll. Ryan Rondeau stopped 29 shots for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs found the net twice, 48 seconds apart, to open the scoring in the first four minutes of the second period. Kenny Agostino was waiting to tap in the rebound of Josh Balch's long shot to give Yale the lead at the 2:57 mark. Harvard was whistled for the first of its three second-period penalties 15 seconds later, and Chris Cahill cashed in, putting a slap shot into the top right corner on a rush up the left side.
Biega cut the lead in half at 9:17. After passes from Luke Greiner and Conor Morrison, he crept in from high on the right side of the zone and beat Rondeau with a low shot from the outside edge of the faceoff circle. The Bulldogs outshot the Crimson, 15-8, in the period and took the 2-1 lead to the intermission.
Brendan Mason pushed the lead back up to two about five minutes into the final frame. He came from behind the goal line and tucked in a close shot from the left side. A five-minute boarding call stalled any comeback attempt, and Yale added a fourth goal 40 seconds into the long man advantage when Chad Ziegler banged in a one-timer off a pass from Broc Little.
With Carroll pulled for an extra attacker, the Crimson drew a penalty and took advantage. After Michael Biega shot wide, Alex Killorn got the puck behind the net and gave it to Danny Biega. The sophomore's shot from the right circle found its way between Rondeau and the near post. Harvard finished the period with an 11-10 advantage in shots.
Harvard finished 1 for 4 on power plays and held a 39-36 advantage in faceoffs. Greiner led the way with 10 wins in his 16 draws.
Neither team scored in the first period, but not for lack of end-to-end action. Michael Biega nearly broke through on the power play, but his shot from the right side deflected off the inside of Rondeau's leg and wide. On the other end, Carroll got across to rob Little from point-blank range at the right post. Yale held a 14-12 shots advantage in the period.