No. 14 Union Freezes Harvard at Fenway, 2-0
BOSTON—No. 14 Union navigated the elements to shut out the Harvard men's hockey team, 2-0, in an outdoor game in front of 8,981 fans Friday night at Fenway Park.
Kelly Zajac logged a goal and an assist and Mat Bodie scored to help the Dutchmen (11-5-6, 5-2-3 ECAC Hockey) win the game. Stephen Michalek made 30 saves for the Crimson (4-5-6, 3-4-4) as both teams—outfitted in new uniforms for the Sun Life Frozen Fenway 2012 event—battled winds near 40 miles per hour and swirling snow from the ice.
The game turned in the final seconds of the second period. With a second straight period appearing about to end scoreless, Bodie's power-play shot from the top of the circles deflected off two Crimson defenders, into the air and into the goal with 3.6 seconds showing on the game clock.
The Crimson had nearly gone ahead earlier in the frame, when Peter Starrett banged in a shot from in front of the goal off a feed from Daniel Moriarty, but Union goalie Troy Grosenick's skate had knocked the net off its moorings seconds earlier, negating the shot. Michalek kept the game scoreless with a huge save. Union's Nolan Julseth-White came out of the box to give the Dutchmen a three-on-one rush, but the rookie goalie gloved Zajac's shot from the left side.
In the third period, Union built on the momentum from its score in the waning moments of the second, limiting Harvard to two shots. Zajac doubled his team's lead at 5:37 of the period, stuffing the puck in from the left post after Julseth-White sent a point shot wide and Wayne Simpson backhanded the puck toward the crease.
Grosenick finished with 18 saves to hand Harvard its first shutout loss of the season and end the Crimson's run of 18 consecutive games with a power-play goal, dating back to last season. The loss ended a four-game conference unbeaten streak for the Crimson and was just Harvard's second loss in the last nine games.
Eleven of Grosenick's stops came in the opening period. Harvard registered the first six shots on goal in the game and held an 11-8 shots advantage in the period.