Men’s Hockey Rallies Past Princeton, 4-2, Takes Game 1

Men’s Hockey Rallies Past Princeton, 4-2, Takes Game 1

 Del Mauro put the Crimson on top in the game's final six minutes (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

PRINCETON, N.J.-The Harvard men's hockey team scored four goals in a 10-minute span during the third period to rally to a 4-2 win against Princeton in the opening game of an ECAC Hockey first-round playoff series Friday night at Baker Rink.

Daniel Moriarty, Danny Biega, Michael Del Mauro and Michael Biega scored to bring Harvard (8-19-3) back from a 2-0 third-period deficit. Kyle Richter made 33 saves to outduel Princeton's Zane Kalemba in a matchup of the last two Dryden Award-winners.

After Moriarty and Danny Biega tied the game, Del Mauro, a New Jersey native, scored from the left side at 14:05 of the third period after Jack Christian got the puck from Ryan Grimshaw and had his point shot blocked. Less than three minutes passed before Michael Biega scored on the rush after brother Alex got the puck to Louis Leblanc, who dished to Michael Biega at the offensive blue line.

Each team had 35 shots in the game, with Harvard holding a 15-10 edge in the final period. Doug Rogers had a 16-6 faceoff record as the Crimson went 44-32 as a team.

The game's first seven minutes were played virtually entirely in Princeton's zone, with the Crimson's best chances coming when Rogers forced a turnover and a Kalemba save on the first shift and Michael Biega tipped a point shot just wide on the power play. The Tigers, however, claimed the lead at 15:27 of the first period, when Marc Hagel deflected home a point shot from Matt Godlewski. Princeton (12-15-3) took the 1-0 edge and a 12-8 shots advantage to the first intermission.

The Tigers nearly doubled their advantage on a power play in the opening minute of the second period, but Richter extended his left leg to make an outstanding toe save on Mark Magnowski's point-blank shot. The Crimson had a near miss of its own when the goal light came on following an Alex Killorn shot, but the referee ruled the puck hit the post. Instead, Magnowski made it 2-0 by banking in a shot off Richter's back after Alex Biega had broken up a two-on-one break. Princeton outshot Harvard, 13-12, in the period.

Harvard broke through at 8:05 of the third period. Moriarty caused a turnover at the offensive blue line and then crashed the net to put in the rebound of a Pier-Olivier Michaud shot with Conor Morrison also assisting. Danny Biega tied the score less than three minutes later, putting the puck between the legs of Kalemba after Chris Huxley chipped the puck ahead and Luke Greiner slipped it ahead to Biega in the neutral zone.