Harvard's hockey varsity nipped Yale 3-2 Saturday night to close out its regular season with a 17-6 record.
But Dartmouth trimmed Cornell in evertime and Brown topped Princeton in other action Saturday, so the Crimson's 7-3 Ivy mark was only good enough for third place.
Against Yale, Harvard skated as though it wanted to avoid injuries which might hamper it in tomorrow night's ECAC tournament opener at Clarkson. However, Ike Ikauniks made a significant achievement--his goal and assist ran his Harvard career point total up to 85, tenth best in Crimson history.
Yale goalie superb
During the first twenty minutes the Elis skated harder and passed more sharply than they had a week ago when Harvard belted them 12-2. Then their defense collapsed, and only great work by goalie Mike Hanson, who made 46 saves, and was helped by Crimson near-misses, kept the score down.
Yale took a 1-0 lead before Harvard ever got organized. Ed Pillsbury scored on a two-on-one break at just 0:20, after Sam Crocker fed Sam Callaway at center ice.
The Crimson only began to take charge when the Yale defense crumbled in the second period, but Harvard couldn't beat Hanson until two Yalies were penalized only 32 seconds apart. At 13:09, just as the first penalty ended, Billy Lamarche beat Hanson through Barry Treadwell's screen, with Baldy Smith and Ikauniks assisting.
Although the Crimson kept pressing, a combination of Hanson's skill and Harvard's bad luck kept the score even until the last minute of play. Then Lamarche stole the puck in the Yale corner and passed it out in front to Ikauniks, who whipped it by Hanson at 19:40.
Gene Kinasewich, Harvard's most consistent hustler, scored what proved to be the winning goal at 8:27 of the third period when Bill Fryer's pass found him all alone in front of the Yale net. Bruce Warner pulled the Elis to within one goal at 12:57, just after a Harvard penalty expired, as George Semler dug the puck out to him from the corner. Yale threatened only once thereafter.
This afternoon the Crimson squad flies up to Clarkson to prepare for its ECAC opener. RPI, St. Lawrence, and Colgate were chosen yesterday as the last three teams; they will face B.C., Army, and Providence in the other first round games.