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With a 3-1 victory over Princeton and a 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac this weekend, the Crimson nabbed three out of four possible ECAC points and remains without a loss in 2018.
Harvard carried play for much of the game and outshot the Engineers, 41-27, but the teams skated to an even 2-2 score after 65 minutes of hockey. The ECAC foes traded scores in the first 40 minutes of play and entered the third frame even at one. In the final third of regulation, each team lit the lamp en route to a stalemate.
Following a disappointing performance in nonconference play, the Harvard men's basketball team shook off a test from visiting Dartmouth, 61-51, in its Ivy League opener on Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Crimson and was the team's third consecutive victory over the Big Green.
In the spirit of the new year, the Harvard men’s hockey team is hoping to steer its season in a new direction. After struggling on the road in 2017, the squad returned home to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend and reached another checkpoint on its journey back to contending in the ECAC. For the first time since early November, the Crimson sits above .500 thanks to wins over RPI and Union.
On a night where Vermont fans appeared to outnumber Harvard supporters, the Crimson struggled to find offensive rhythm without starting point guard Bryce Aiken.
After a four-week hiatus for final exams and the holidays, the Crimson icemen were back in action this weekend, squaring off against UMass-Lowell and Vermont in the Catamount Cup. Harvard split the two games, falling to the River Hawks on Friday but nabbing a victory over the Catamounts the following evening.
Harvard missed leading scorer Bryce Aiken (sophomore guard), who sat out with an unspecified injury. In his absence, the Crimson failed to reach 50 points for just the second time since 2011.
Despite a strong first half that kept Harvard toe-to-toe with Kentucky, a string of turnovers, combined with a 17-2 run from the Wildcats midway through the second half proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Crimson at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon.
After a 2-5-1 start to the season, the Crimson battled Quinnipiac in dire need of a win—nothing more, nothing less, just the two conference points. And a victory is exactly what Harvard earned on Friday night, as the visiting Crimson edged a physical and relentless Bobcats team, 6-2. Harvard picks up its first tick in the win column since a November 4th shutout against Brown.
For Harvard, the road to a winning record ideally begins this weekend. The Crimson embarks on its least busy month of the schedule—just four games are slotted for December—with a pair of ECAC contests featuring Quinnipiac on Friday and Princeton the following night.
While most students were recuperating from Thanksgiving dinner, players on the Harvard men’s hockey team were not afforded as much time to recover from the turkey-induced coma. Instead, the Crimson played its fifth straight away game at nearby Boston College, where it nabbed its first standings point since November 4th in a 4-4 draw with the No. 14/13 Eagles on Friday.
The Bulldogs held the Crimson to 26 rushing yards and scored touchdowns on all three red-zone trips. That performance gave Yale an unshared crown for the first time in 37 years.
A deep three-point jumper from Bryce Aiken with 1.5 seconds left to play lifted the Harvard men’s basketball team to a wild 70-67 overtime victory over Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.