Brown Bests Men's Hockey, 2-0, In Regular Season Home Finale
Harvard's class of 2014 was honored following the game against the Bears (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of second-period goals proved to be the difference Saturday, as the Harvard men's hockey team was unable to find the back of the net, falling to ECAC/Ivy League foe Brown, 2-0, at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
There was room to operate for both offenses in the first period as the game flow lacked crispness on both sides. The Crimson looked the stronger team, however, with a multitude of chances in the Brown zone. Harvard fired 28 shots in the period (compared to Brown's 13), 12 of which required a save from Brown netminder Tyler Steel. Raphael Girard was only tested seven times in the period and neither team committed a penalty in the scoreless opening frame.
When the Harvard penalty kill was tested early in the second, a faceoff loss resulted in a speedy Brown goal. An infraction just 25 seconds into the frame gave Brown an offensive zone faceoff and after winning the draw, Mark Naclerio dished a pass to Nick Lappin right at the top of the crease, and Lappin redirected it past Girard just seven ticks into the power play. The back-and-forth play continued through the period but it was Brown stretching its lead to 2-0 with 16:54 gone. Jake Goldberg collected a pass near the blue line and fired through traffic with enough of a screen to deceive Girard and net his second of the season.
Shots were scarce in the third period as the Crimson totaled 10 to Brown's seven. Harvard pulled Girard for the final 1:34 of play, but could not get on the board despite the extra attacker.
The Crimson hits the road for its final regular-season weekend, taking on Colgate Friday and Cornell Saturday in the regular-season finale.