Men's Ice Hockey
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“Let’s play hockey.” The chant rang out loud and clear on the Yale side of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium on Friday night in New Haven, Conn. as the Harvard men’s basketball team closed in on a third straight outright Ivy League Championship.
The No. 16/15 Yale men’s hockey team skated to a 2-1 win to complete its series sweep of Harvard in Game Two of first round ECAC Tournament play Saturday night at Ingalls Rink.
Yale mustered two third period goals – both of which came on the man advantage - en route to downing Harvard for the fourth and final time of the season.
The defending national champions routed the Crimson, 4-0, in Game One of the teams’ first round ECAC Tournament series in New Haven.
After picking up two points during the season’s final weekend, the Crimson received the 11th seed in the conference tournament, earning itself a trip to New Haven to take on the sixth-seeded Bulldogs this weekend.
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.
Senior defender Danny Fick scored his first career goal in 93 games played as the Harvard men's hockey team beat Colgate in New York for the first time since 2006.
After dropping two critical matchups last Friday and Saturday, those dreams have all but disappeared. With a road playoff matchup on the horizon, the Crimson (9-14-4, 5-11-4 ECAC) will use its last weekend of the regular season to prepare for the tournament against some of the league’s top competition.
Youth has long been destined to take over this Crimson squad. Just take a look at its last few recruiting classes.
Sophomore forward Brian Hart, pictured in earlier action, contributed a power-play goal against Yale, but it was not enough as Harvard fell, 5-2.
Up against a ranked foe in No. 14 Yale this past Friday, the Crimson was not able to fulfill its role as an underdog.
On a night where the Harvard men’s hockey team was looking for redemption, it instead found an ugly reminder of past troubles.
On Senior Night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, 30 saves from Bears freshman goaltender Tyler Steel lifted the Brown men’s hockey team to a 2-0 win over the Crimson. A pair of goals in the middle frame from sophomore forward Nick Lappin and senior defenseman Jake Goldberg gave the Bears the separation in the conference standings that they were looking for.
If the Harvard men's hockey team performs like it has of late, it may not be the last game that the Bright-Landry Hockey Center hosts year. Should the Crimson pick up some much needed wins in its final conference games, the squad may entertain the possibility of home-ice for the first round of the playoffs.
With the regular season winding down and postseason play looming on the horizon, the Harvard men’s hockey team (9-12-4, 5-9-4 ECAC) seems to have finally found its groove.