Before Friday night, Andy Janfaza hadn't scored in a month.
And before that, he hadn't scored in two months.
And before that, he hadn't scored at all.
Andy Janfaza was a hard-nosed digger, not a famous scorer.
Tim Smith hadn't scored in a week.
But that's because the Harvard men's hockey team hadn't played in a week.
With a team-leading 25 goals on the year--and 11 goals in the Crimson's last 11 games--Smith was a scoring machine.
And when the machine asked the hard-nosed digger to get a goal for him in the Harvard's game against Denver in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament at the Providence Civic Center Friday, Janfaza, the fourth-line forward, listened.
With four minutes left in the game and Harvard holding a 3-2 lead over the Pioneers in front of 7614 spectators, Janfaza slammed a pass from defenseman Jerry Pawloski past Denver goalie Chris Olson and into the net.
Suddenly a close game wasn't so close anymore.
Smith's third goal of the night--an unassisted blast from 40 feet with three minutes left in the contest--finished off the scoring and lifted the Crimson to a 5-2 upset of the nation's number one ranked team.
"Andy and I have a running little game we play on the ice," Smith said. "Before each game, he comes over and says, `Hey Tim, why don't you get me a goal tonight.' My last eight goals, he's done that. But tonight, I looked over at him and said, `Andy why don't you get one for me tonight.' It worked."
Allen Bourbeau scored the other Crimson goal and Harvard goalie Grant Blair stopped 38 Pioneer shots to give Harvard a berth in the NCAA Tournament final for the first time since 1983, when Harvard dropped the championship game to Wisconsin, 6-2.
"Our fellows really believed, and I think Grant said it in the locker room after the game, `Hey, that's no upset.' The best team won the game," Harvard Coach Bill Cleary said.