Despite Game Effort, No. 5/5 Harvard Falls 3-2 at No. 12/14 Cornell

Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 32 saves to earn his 10th career shutout. (Ben Vreeland)
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 32 saves to earn his 10th career shutout. (Ben Vreeland)

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the 151st meeting between Harvard and Cornell on the ice, No. 5/5 men's ice hockey (2-3-0, 2-3-0 ECAC Hockey) fell 3-2 to the Big Red at Lynah Rink on Saturday night (Nov. 11).

Cornell's Alec McCrea scored a power play goal with 2.3 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Big Red (6-0-0, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) to the win.

In a game fitting for the rivalry, Harvard controlled possession and chances for long stretches of the game, and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Freshman forward Henry Bowlby helped Harvard take the early lead on a great play set up by his line mates. Junior forward Ryan Donato intercepted a breakout pass and fed junior Lewis Zerter-Gossage for a 2-on-0 chance. Zerter-Gossage fed cross-ice to Bowlby, who found the open net to put Harvard up 1-0.

The Crimson continued its dream start later in the period as sophomore Ty Pelton-Byce pounced on a rebound off an initial shot from Nathan Krusko, stuffing one past Cornell goaltender Matthew Galajda to make it 2-0.

With Cornell on the power play late in the first period, the Big Red converted after a series of blocked shots and Madsen saves. Yanni Kaldis came off the bench and fired a slap shot in from the high slot to cut the Crimson lead to 2-1 at 19:16 of the 1st period.

Cornell tied the game on its first shot of the second period as Jeff Malott scored on a partial breakaway to tie it 1:15.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Donato (assist) has points in four straight games to open the season. He leads the team with seven points (three goals, four assists) on the year.
  • Ty Pelton-Byce scored his first goal of the season – seven different Harvard players have scored through five games this season.
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 21 saves in net for the Crimson. 

Game Notes:

  • The Crimson power play was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season.
  • Harvard's six game unbeaten streak against the Big Red came to an end. The Crimson is now 4-1-2 against Cornell in its last seven games 

What's Next:
Harvard heads to Minnesota next weekend for a two-game series against the Gophers.