POTSDAM, N.Y.—Brothers Danny and Michael Biega scored goals and Ryan Carroll made 32 saves to lead the Harvard men’s hockey team to a 2-1 win at Clarkson Friday night in the opening game of the teams’ ECAC Hockey Championship first-round series at Cheel Arena.
Danny Biega’s goal gave No. 10 seed Harvard (10-19-1) the lead in the game’s first four minutes, and Michael Biega’s score took it back after the seventh-seeded Golden Knights (15-18-2) drew even in the third period. In between, Carroll starred, allowing the Crimson to prevail despite a 33-18 shots edge for Clarkson.
The win, Harvard’s first in Potsdam since 2004, gives the Crimson a chance to clinch a quarterfinal berth by winning Game 2 Saturday. Harvard won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Crimson took the lead on Danny Biega’s 11th goal of the season. After Marshall Everson got the puck from Alex Killorn, his pass from the right corner deflected to Biega at the right point. The sophomore defenseman snuck a long-distance shot between the legs of CU goalie Karpowich at 3:32 of the first period.
Clarkson tried to fight back, putting 11 shots on net in the first period, but Carroll stood strong. The Golden Knights’ best chance came on consecutive, close-range shots by Nick Tremblay with about three minutes left. Carroll stopped both, and Karpowich answered with a nice stop on Pier-Olivier Michaud in the last two minutes of the period.
The Golden Knights again held the shots edge in the second period, 8-5. Carroll kept them off the board, and Karpowich kept Harvard scoreless despite a pair of good chances from the Killorn-Everson-Fallstrom line. Killorn was hooked down on the second of those opportunities. The Crimson threatened on the ensuing power play but could not add to its lead.
Harvard could turn a strong first few shifts of the third period to just one shot on goal, and Clarkson regained the momentum on a power play. The Golden Knights did not score with the man advantage but did immediately afterward. Following a CU faceoff win, Alex Boak’s point shot deflected high into the air, over the Harvard defense and into the Crimson net at 4:14 without Carroll seeing it.
Michael Biega put Harvard back on top about five minutes later. Chris Huxley sent the puck in from the left point, and it deflected into the air. Conor Morrison collected it and could not get off a shot, but Biega pounced and fired it over Karpowich’s blocker from low on the left circle.
Clarkson pulled Karpowich, who finished with 16 saves, for an extra attacker. After blocking two Crimson chances at the empty net, the Golden Knights got the puck in the Harvard end in the final 20 seconds, but Brandon DeFazio sent their last show wide of the left post. Clarkson owned an 18-12 advantage in third-period shots, with four on its lone power play of the frame.
Only three penalties were called in the game. Clarkson was 0 for 2 on the power play, while Harvard was 0 for 1.