No. 10 Cornell Holds Off Harvard Men’s Hockey, 3-0

No. 10 Cornell Holds Off Harvard Men’s Hockey, 3-0

Richter stopped 11 first-period shots, including six on the penalty kill (photo by Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-No. 10 Cornell scored two goals 25 seconds apart in the second period and got 14 saves from Ben Scrivens in the third before adding an empty-net goal in a 3-0 win against the Harvard men's hockey team Friday night at sold-out Bright Hockey Center.

Tyler Roeszler and Keir Ross scored the quick pair of goals in the second for the Big Red (16-7-3, 13-4-2 ECAC Hockey, 6-3-0 Ivy League). Kyle Richter made 19 of his 23 saves in the first two periods to give Harvard (7-16-3, 7-9-3, 4-5-1) the chance to rally. The Crimson held a 14-5 edge in third period shots but could not solve Scrivens before Blake Gallagher sealed the win with his empty-net tally 21.6 seconds before the final buzzer.

Neither team scored in the opening period, despite consecutive Cornell power plays. Richter made six of his 11 first-period saves during those two Harvard penalty kills, but his best stop may have been on an even-strength Blake Gallagher one-timer from the slot with about four minutes left in the frame. Scrivens stopped six Crimson shots, highlighted by a nice right-toe save on a deflected Doug Rogers wrister on the game's first shift.

The Big Red killed two penalties early in the second period and then grabbed the lead and quickly doubled it. Roeszler had the first goal on a shot from the slot following a pass out of the corner by Nick D'Agostino. Ross tapped in the second from in front off a Riley Nash pass.

Harvard came out hitting hard and getting the puck to the net in the third period, but Scrivens was up to the challenge. He survived more than a minute of six-on-five play after the Crimson pulled Richter for an extra attacker.