ITHACA, NY--It took them 10 minutes and one goal to come alive, but after that mark, the Harvard hockey team, the one which everyone has been waiting to emerge, finally arrived in Lynah Rink last night.
This new team may have been late, but give it credit for showing up when it counted.
And in a tournament where you are only as good as your last game, it was a godsend.
In undoubtedly its biggest game of the season, the Harvard men's hockey team (11-17-2, 9-11-2 ECAC) surprised the No. 2 seeded Cornell with a 2-2 overtime tie.
"It was nice to get that point," Harvard goaltender J.R. Prestifilippo said. "But it is not satisfying because you always want the win."
An overtime thriller is always exciting, but when you pit these two teams against each other, it becomes another story.
"It's not a surprise that we tied," freshman Brett Chodorow said. "No matter what the situation and who is where in the standings, it will always be about the Cornell-Harvard rivalry."
Rivalries are indeed magical, but this one was far from perfect. First Period CU-Papp 5 (Smart, Bergin) 00:29 HU-Chodorow 5 (Philpott) 8:54 Second Period HU-Philpott 3 (Moore) 15:36 Third Period CU-Auger 10 (Stienstra, Tymchyshyn) 9:34
CU-Papp 5 (Smart, Bergin) 00:29
HU-Chodorow 5 (Philpott) 8:54
HU-Philpott 3 (Moore) 15:36
CU-Auger 10 (Stienstra, Tymchyshyn) 9:34