No. 9 Cornell Knocks Harvard Men’s Hockey from Playoffs, 3-0

No. 9 Cornell Knocks Harvard Men’s Hockey from Playoffs, 3-0

Rogers, one of four seniors skating their final game for Harvard, was 17-8 at the faceoff dot (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

ITHACA, N.Y.—Blake Gallagher broke a scoreless tie in the second period and No. 9 Cornell added another goal and an empty-netter late in the third to defeat the Harvard men’s hockey team, 3-0, and win the teams’ ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series Saturday night at Lynah Rink.

Kyle Richter made 29 saves for the Crimson (9-21-3), seeded ninth in the league tournament, while Ben Scrivens stopped 17 shots to record the shutout for the second-seeded Big Red (19-8-4). The result ends the Crimson’s season and sends Cornell to the ECAC semifinals Friday in Albany, N.Y.

Neither team scored in the opening period despite plenty of action in each end. Richter made the best of his seven saves on Riley Nash during a Cornell power play, the period’s only man advantage, and on Sean Collins at the final buzzer. Harvard put the puck in the offensive corners for some long stretches, but Scrivens stopped all three Crimson shots on net.

The end-to-end play continued in the second period, with one sequence seeing Richter stop a Colin Greening breakaway and Scrivens gloving a shot by Luke Greiner off a Michael Del Mauro pass. No one broke through until Sean Whitney found Gallagher with a backdoor pass to give Cornell the lead at 12:05. The Big Red held a 17-7 shots edge in the frame.

Another scoreless 14 minutes to start the third period followed. Richter made an impressive stacked-pad save, and Scrivens stopped a bad-angle rebound bid from Marshall Everson. Collins gave the Big Red some breathing room at 14:37, stuffing in the puck from the right side. Greening added an empty-net tally with 33.7 seconds remaining.

Cornell owned a 32-17 shots advantage. Harvard held a 27-19 edge in faceoffs, led by a season-high 17 wins by senior Doug Rogers. The game was Ted Donato’s 200th as Crimson head coach.