Last night at Bright Center, Harvard first-year men's hockey Coach Ronn Tomassoni's debut went sweet while Brown freshman goalie Brett Haywood's debut turned sour.
The Crimson scored six third-period goals en route to an 11-2 shellacking of the overmatched Bruins highlighted by a Peter Ciavaglia hat trick.
After the game, fans of the Harvard squad left Bright beaming. Former coach and present Athletic Director Bill Cleary had a broad smile on his face. In its season opener, the Crimson squelched most of the worries any afficionados had about the squad's promise.
"I think we've got the makings of a pretty good hockey team," Tomassoni said. "There was some good skating by all four lines and all six defenders."
All four lines got onto the stat sheet. Harvard's powerful green line opened the scoring when Captain Ted Donato shoved a loose puck by Haywood just 36 seconds into the game.
And the Crimson's blue line, the fourth to take the ice, showed the team's balance by making the score 2-0 with 9:51 to play in the period. Junior forward Tim Burke, standing behind the Brown net, fed sophomore linemate Steve Flomenhoft at the crease to compound Haywood's nightmare.
"The thing we'll remember the most about this win is the execution of all four lines," Donato said. "That's going to be the key to our attack and our success this season."
Another key to the squad's success against the Bruins proved to be its defense. Tomassoni skated three freshmen blue-liners last night--Sean McCann, Derek Maguire and Lou Body. Their strong performance quickly silenced critics' cries about their inexperience.
"As far as the defense goes, I have no complaints," said Harvard goalie Allain Roy, who had 19 saves on the evening.
While Haywood turned away 38 Harvard shots on the night, 10 Crimson tallies slipped past the Canadian netminder before Brown Coach Bob Gaudet pulled him in the third period with "sieve" chants ringing in his ears.
On the bus ride back to Providence, Haywood had every right to lash out at his teammates for their constant visits to the penalty box. The Crimson's dominant power play turned on the juice, accounting for five goals when penalties riddled the Bruins in the latter half of the game.
"If they're going to play that physical, it's nice to score a lot of goals," Roy said. "It hurts them that much more to look at the scoreboard."
After Brown closed the margin to 2-1 late in the first period on a slapshot by foward Derek Chauvette, Harvard looked a little lackluster. For most of the second period, the teams traded scoring opportunities until two Bruin penalties gave the Crimson a five-on-three advantage.
Undermanned, the weak Brown defense could no longer turn Harvard away. With 6:30 left in the period, Donato crossed to classmate Ciavaglia, who one-touched a shot past Haywood to make the score 3-1.
"We took too many stupid penalties," Chauvette said. "Ciavaglia and Donato are too deadly on any power play, especially five-on-three."
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