The Harvard men’s hockey team split the final two games of its regular season over the weekend to finish second-to-last in both the ECAC and the Ivy League. On Friday, the Crimson edged out No. 16/15 Colgate, 2-1, in Hamilton, N.Y., before ceding a two-goal advantage on Saturday, losing in the final minute of overtime at No. 11/11 Cornell, 3-2.
The results set up a first-round postseason matchup next weekend in New Haven, where Harvard (10-15-4, 6-12-4 ECAC) will face the defending national champion Yale Bulldogs (15-9-5, 10-8-4) in a best-of-three series.
CORNELL 3, HARVARD 2 (OT)
Like the fish that the Lynah Rink faithful threw on the ice before the game, the Crimson was reeled in after a quick start in Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday night. Cornell junior forward Joel Lowry put back a rebound to complete a Big Red comeback from two goals down with 36 seconds to go in the extra frame.
“I feel bad for our guys because I feel they worked very hard and did a lot of good things in a very hostile environment,” said Harvard coach Ted Donato ’91.
Harvard started quickly, racing out to a 2-0 lead with power play goals from freshmen centers Sean Malone and Alex Kerfoot in the first two frames.
A charging penalty from Lowry put the visitors on the man advantage one minute into the contest. Malone converted on a low crossing feed from sophomore linemate Brian Hart to beat Cornell senior goaltender Andy Iles on the right side of the crease for the game’s first goal.