Last night at Bright Center, Cornell men's hockey Coach Bill McCutcheon was thinking about the ones that got away.
There was the Big Red's 2-0 second-period lead over Harvard, which Crimson sharpshooters quickly turned into a 3-2 second-period deficit--and an eventual 5-2 loss.
That's not all Harvard stole from McCutcheon. With the victory, the Crimson (12-7-1 overall, 11-5-1 ECAC) gained sole possession of second place in the ECAC, displacing the Big Red. Harvard also clinched its ninth straight Ivy League title, breaking Cornell's record of eight.
But the one that really got away from McCutcheon got away in 1988--Harvard sophomore goaltender Allain Roy. Last night, Roy stopped 36 shots to deny the Big Red (9-5-3, 11-7-3) the big victory.
Two years ago, Roy decided to attend Harvard instead of Cornell, his second choice. And McCutcheon, who say Roy earn ECAC Player of the Week honors for shutting out the Big Red in a 5-0 Crimson win in early December, is still regretting Roy's decision.
"Allain Roy is an excellent goalie, and he certainly showed that again tonight," McCutcheon said.
Two minutes after Doug Derraugh's second goal of the evening gave the Big Red a 2-0 lead at 7:08 of the second session, Roy stuffed Cornell center Joe Dragon on a breakaway.
Seconds later, Harvard forward Ted Donato delighted the 3250 rowdies in Bright by jamming a rebound of a Tod Hartje slapshot past Cornell netminder Corrie D'Alessio.
The Crimson offense then cooled off, until Roy slew Dragon on yet
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