Brown Blanked at No. 3 Harvard

Brown Blanked at No. 3 Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Reilly Walsh scored a pair of goals for No. 3 Harvard as the Brown men's hockey team fell on the road, 3-0, in Saturday night's ECAC and Ivy League contest at the Bright-Landry Center.

Brown drops to 1-3-0 overall and in the ECAC. Harvard improves to 2-1-0, 2-1-0.

Merrick Madsen stopped all 26 shots to earn the shutout for the Crimson. Sophomore Gavin Nieto (Yorba Linda, Calif.) recorded 33 saves for the Bears in the loss. Harvard outshot Brown, 36, 26.

The two teams combined for six penalties in a scoreless first period. Brown came out strong during the first power play of the game, generating four shots on target, but neither team was able to score with the man advantage. Nieto made 13 saves in the opening period.

Walsh opened the scoring for Harvard 56 seconds into the second period as he scored from the left circle with six seconds remaining on the power play for the 1-0 lead. Harvard edged the Bears in shots, 12-11, during the middle period.

Brown killed a penalty six minutes into the third period to maintain the one-goal deficit. Nevertheless, Harvard took advantage of another power with 6:45 remaining as Walsh scored his second tally of the night for the two-goal advantage.

Nathan Krusko gave the Crimson a three-goal lead just over 1:30 later at 15:04, as he sent in a puck from in front of the blue line that found the back of the net. Brown pulled Nieto for 45 seconds for the extra skater during a 4-on-4, but the Crimson kept the Bears off the board to preserve the shutout.

Defenseman Zach Giuttari (Warwick, R.I.) led the Bears with five shots. Adam Fox and Ryan Donato had two assists each for the Crimson.

Brown will host No. 13 Clarkson (11/10) and St. Lawrence (11/11) next weekend.

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