Two-Goal Rally in Third Nets 3-3 Tie for Men’s Hockey at No. 14 Union
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—For the second time in as many Friday nights, the Harvard men's hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie a nationally ranked opponent. This time, the foe was No. 14 Union. Alex Killorn and Danny Biega led Harvard with a goal and an assist each in a 3-3 draw at Messa Rink.
Much like last weekend at No. 18 North Dakota, Harvard (4-4-5, 3-3-3 ECAC Hockey) entered the final frame down a pair of goals, but turned the tide in the third.
Colin Blackwell got the rally started, blowing by the Union defense early, drawing a tripping penalty. Killorn slammed a one-timer past Grosenick on the power play that followed, scoring at the 1:04 mark and trimming the deficit to 3-2. Patrick McNally supplied the feed after getting puck from Biega.
Steve Michalek made the biggest of his 33 saves on Kelly Zajac in the final five minutes, sliding across to stone the Union forward with his left pad. Killorn nearly gave Harvard the lead a couple minutes later, when his wrist shot from the left circle went past Union goalie Troy Grosenick but not the right post.
Michalek added three stops in overtime to help preserve the standings point for the Crimson. Alex Fallstrom also scored for the Crimson, which was 2 for 2 on the power play to improve its nation's-best efficiency to 34.4 percent. Union (9-5-6, 3-2-3) scored two power-play goals in four chances and got 23 saves from Grosenick.
Harvard found itself playing from behind after Wayne Simpson scored for the Dutchmen at 1:05 of the opening period. Michalek kept them from doubling the lead with several tough saves. He stopped Zajac's redirection of a centering pass with 9:56 left in the first and in the final four minutes gloved Nolan Julseth-White's shot from above the left circle and kicked away Simpson's wraparound bid.
Grosenick made a right-pad save on Luke Greiner's one-timer from the low slot in the second minute of the second period, and Union thought it had built on its lead on the rush the other way. The Dutchmen were called for goaltender interference, however, and Fallstrom tied the game on the ensuing power play. Marshall Everson passed out of the corner to Killorn on the right side. Killorn's shot was deflected to Fallstrom, who buried the puck from the bottom of the left circle on his first touch.