ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves, but Harvard men's ice hockey (7-6-3, 4-5-2 ECAC Hockey) fell, 2-0, to No. 14/15 Cornell (10-5-1, 6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Jan. 18) at Lynah Rink.
In a tightly played game, a few missed chances for the Crimson, plus the performance of goaltender Matthew Galajda (25 saves) made the difference.
It was a spirited first period between the two rivals with both teams getting good scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes. Midway through the frame, Harvard had perhaps its best chances, with a 2-on-1 followed by a Jack Rathbone wraparound – both shots were turned away by Galajda.
Cornell quickly took a 1-0 lead in the early minutes of the second period on a 2-on-1 down low.
Lackey made several key stops midway through the period before Harvard pushed back. At 16:30, Rathbone had another good chance, skating into the circle and firing a wrist shot into the chest of Galajda on a rebound chance.
But the Big Red added another goal a moment later on its first power play opportunity of the night, taking a 2-0 lead heading into the final period of play.
Harvard killed off a five-minute major penalty (Adam Baughman) early on in the third period, but could not get one past Galajda, as the Crimson were shutout for the first time this season.
- In his first start at Lynah Rink, senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves, allowing two goals or less for the 10th time in the last 12 games.
- Harvard finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play, just the fourth time this season the Crimson has not scored on the man advantage. Harvard still leads the nation power play percentage (20-for-58, 34.5%).
- Harvard fell to 3-4-1 against ranked teams this season.