MANCHESTER, N.H. – Despite 32 saves from senior goaltender Michael Lackey, No. 13/14 Harvard men's hockey (19-11-3) fell to No. 4/4 Massachusetts (29-9-0), 4-0, in the NCAA Regional semifinals tonight, March 29 at SNHU Arena.
An eventful first period ended with both teams scoreless despite quality chances for each squad. Harvard appeared to score the game's first goal as Nathan Krusko's turnaround backhander beat Lindberg low. But the goal was waved off for goaltender interference and play continued.
Lackey made 12 stops in the opening period, his best coming on a shorthanded breakaway for Bobby Trivigno that he steered away with the right pad.
The Minutemen broke the scoreless tie at 14:15 of the middle period, as Anthony Del Gaizo crashed the net after a sequence of saves by Lackey and beat the Harvard goaltender with a rebound chance to make it 1-0.
On the next shift for the Crimson, senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage had two chances from the high slot, but Lindberg made the stops to keep UMass ahead heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
Chances for the Crimson by sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh and Zerter-Gossage were turned away in the opening minutes of the third period. Walsh skated in alone to the left circle after a great move and fired just high and wide of the net at the 4:00 mark. Then Zerter-Gossage nearly stuffed one in before a flurry of UMass goals put the game out of reach.
John Leonard put UMass ahead by two goals at 7:24 banking a puck off the pad of Lackey and in to make it 2-0.
Then Brett Boeing scored on a breakaway at 9:11 to make it 3-0. After one more power play chance late in the third period for Harvard, UMass sealed the win at 4-0 with an empty net goal from Boeing at 19:36.
- The Crimson made its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance tonight, and it's first against the Minutemen in program history.
- Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 32 saves in net, his fifth game with 30 or more saves this season.