Walsh's overtime game winner lifts Harvard past No. 9 Clarkson

Walsh's overtime game winner lifts Harvard past No. 9 Clarkson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A great night for the Harvard men's hockey sophomore class concluded with an overtime game-winning goal from sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh, as the Crimson (9-6-3, 6-5-2 ECAC Hockey) beat No. 9/10 Clarkson (16-7-0, 7-4-0 ECAC Hockey), 4-3, at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Sophomore forward Jack Badini scored twice and added an assist, and classmate Henry Bowlby added a goal for the Crimson. Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 28 saves on the night. Harvard outshot Clarkson 41-31 for the game, with neither team registering a power play on the evening.

The Golden Knights erased a two-goal Harvard lead in the third period, but Walsh provided the game-winner to set off a wild celebration in overtime. Badini won an offensive zone faceoff clean back to Walsh in the high slot, and his one-timer beat Clarkson goaltender Jake Kielly low at 2:12 of the extra frame.

Clarkson jumped out to an early lead on Nico Sturm's goal from right out in front. But Harvard carried the play from that point on and cashed in late on one of its many scoring chances in the period.

Badini skated around the Clarkson defense and scooped a low backhander by Kielly (37 saves) at 18:16 to tie the game at 1-1.

Harvard struck again early in the second period to take its first lead of the game, with Badini notching his first career multiple goal effort. A blocked shot by junior forward Nathan Krusko sent the Crimson forward on a 2-on-1. Badini kept the puck and beat Kielly on the short side at 2:10 to make it 2-1.

Some great work by senior captain Michael Floodstrand led to Harvard's third goal of the game midway through the middle frame. At the end of a shift, Floodstrand forced a turnover and fed Bowlby in the slot, and he found the net with a quick low shot at 12:06 to make it 3-1.

Clarkson rallied to tie with two goals midway through the third period from Josh Dunne (9:06) and Anthony Callin (13:50). But Harvard pulled out the win on Walsh's heroics in overtime.

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore forward Jack Badini (two goals, assist) recorded his second career three-point night. He finished the night 8 for 13 on draws.
  • Junior forward Nathan Krusko (two assists) notched his first multiple-point effort of the season and was +3 on the night.
  • Junior defenseman Adam Fox (assist) now has a team-leading 25 points (7-18-25) on the year and is seven points away (19-74-93) from reaching the 100-point mark. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard played its seventh overtime contest of the season and moved to 2-2-3 in overtime games.
  • Harvard is now 4-4-1 against ranked opponents this season, with two wins against teams ranked in the top 10 (W, 4-3 (ot) vs. Clarkson - Jan. 25; W, 2-1 at Quinnipiac - Jan. 12)
  • Harvard (41 shots) topped 40 shots for the fifth time this season and moved to 3-2 in games with 40-plus shots