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Playing without the services of Barney Cook, Bobby McDonald, Gene Purdy, and after about two minutes, Murray Dea, the Harvard hockey team relied on the likes of the unlikely Saturday afternoon in registering its best Watson Rink showing of the year, a televised 7-4 pasting of Brown.
What looked to be a replay of the aggressive game in Providence less than a month ago between the two clubs went completely haywire in Harvard's favor late in the second period. With 1:05 remaining in the stanza and the Crimson on top 3-2, Harvard proceeded to rip off three goals in 47 seconds.
Sounds impossible? Just ask John Cochrane, who capped a three-on-two break by taking a perfect lead pass from Steve Andrews at the right face off circle and firing a wrist shot to the far side past Brown goalie Mark Holden at 18:55.
Or ask defenseman-converted-forward John Dunderdale, who ten seconds after Cochrane's score was tallying one himself on a pass from Cochrane. Dunder's goal, his second of the day, turned out to be the eventual game-winner.
Or ask George Hughes, who scored Harvard's only power play goal of the day with only 18 seconds left in the period. Only four seconds into Brown defenseman Mike Mastrullo's penalty, brother Jack took a drop pass from Phil Evans and let loose a fastball that George directed into the upper corner. Ask no more, it was Harvard 6, Brown 2.
Easy Come, Easy Go
Things at first weren't so easy for the Crimson, as they trailed 2-1 at the end of the first period. Brown's aggressive play in the privacy of the corners was countered by Harvard in full view, and the result was a pair of power play goals by Tim Bothwell at 7:35 and Rick Scully at 18:27 for the Bruins.
Harvard had temporarily tied the contest at 13:02 in the first when Jim Trainor sent the puck in for Evans, who was foiled attempting an around-the-net tuck shot, but whose rebound was tersely slapped in past Holden by George Hughes.
The 47-second blitzkrieg capped off what was to be a five-goal middle period for the Crimson. Harvard had been graceful though unsuccessful on power play opportunities all afternoon, so the icemen waited for an early slashing call to Ken Shepherd to run out before Dunderdale's first goal at 3:35 tied the game at 2-2.
Andrews, who's been making things happen since being promoted for the UNH game, was the catalyst on this play. Valliantly keeping the puck in the Brown zone, the junior center then faked the Brown defense out when, instead of dropping the puck back to Jack Hughes at the point, he floated a seeing eye assist over to Dunder on the left wing.
In the Drive
Evans put the icemen ahead to stay at 6:03 with his seventh goal of the campaign. With George leading a three on one break, the freshman backhanded the puck in for good after two stubborn rebounds off shots by Hughes and linemate Randy Millen.
In the final period Brown switched its goalies and things settled down. The Bruins got two more powerplay scores (Harvard did not successfully kill a penalty all day) to come within two, but, as justice would have it, the deserving Andrews got his first varsity goal at 16:12 to ice it.
The unsung heroes teamed up on this one again, as Dunderdale led Andrews in after the face off, and the latter let fly a wrister from the left circle that sublet the lower right corner for Harvard's seventh goal.
Meanwhile, virtually all alone in the cage, John Hynes stopped 21 shots and played his steadiest game in nets in a long time. Harvard is now 7-4 in the ECAC and travels to Chestnut Hill, tomorrow in hopes of avenging an early season 7-0 shutout to Boston College.
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