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Men's Hockey Falls to Clarkson, 5-1, in First Home Game of 2013

The Crimson jumped out to an early lead but could not hold off Clarkson (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After playing its first seven games of the New Year on the road, the Harvard men's hockey team returned to Bright Hockey Center for its first home game of 2013, but a 5-1 decision went the way of Clarkson Friday night.

The Crimson jumped out to an early lead and controlled the majority of the first period, but it wasn't enough as Clarkson used a quick spurt in the second period before pulling away in the third period to win, 5-1. Harvard drops to 5-12-1 on the year and 3-10-0 in the ECAC, while the Golden Knights improve to 5-12-6 overall and 4-5-2 in conference.

Freshman Jimmy Vesey had the lone goal for the Crimson, tallying his eighth goal of the season, while Brian Hart and Colin Blackwell both had assists. Raphael Girard made 34 saves in net for Harvard.

Vesey's goal came in the opening minutes of the first period off a swift pass from Blackwell and a tip by Hart for a one-timer into the right side of the net. Despite being outshot 20-14 in the opening stanza, the Crimson appeared to be in control of the contest.

That continued into the second period as Harvard's defense clamped down for the first 18 minutes of the period, limiting Clarkson to just five shots; however, shots six and seven swung the momentum to the Golden Knights.

Andrew Himelson got Clarkson on the board in the waning moments of a power play, cleaning up a rebound in front of the net. Just nine seconds later sophomore Joe Zarbo gave Clarkson the lead on a shot fired from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Clarkson tacked on three more tallies in the third period to break the game open and lock up the win.

Zarbo added his second goal of the night less than two minutes into the frame after taking the rebound off of Girard's pads for a tip off the right post.

Adam Pawlick netted his second goal of the season at the 13:43 mark before Zarbo capped the scoring with an empty net goal with 2:17 left to play.

The Crimson has a quick turnaround, entertaining St. Lawrence Saturday night at 7 p.m. on WBIN-TV.