The Big Red answered Scorsune's score, as Jeff Oates scored off a rebound near the crease at 3:24.
Cornell captain Kyle Knopp took the puck up the ice halfway through the second, looking to move the score ahead. Prestifilippo made two consecutive spectacular saves, coming up big for the Crimson defense.
"Yeah, I felt pretty good, but the team was battling in front of me," Prestifilippo said. "There were some breaks at both ends, good breaks and bad breaks and the harder you work the luckier you get. And our team worked very, very hard."
To put Harvard ahead once again, sophomore center Steve Moore, in true fashion, scored arguably Harvard's most spectacular goal this season. Blowing by a pair of defensemen and another Big Red skater, he backhanded the puck by Underhill at 11:17 of the second period.
So far this season, the Crimson has proved unbeatable if leading after two periods, winning all nine of such contests. But Harvard couldn't hang on to their lead, giving up another power play goal to Cornell's Mike Rutter at 16:24.
Harvard nonetheless took control in the third, giving Cornell few chances to regain the lead. Chodorow put the Crimson ahead 4-3 at 6:29 with a shot poked in from the crease.
"Trevor Allman made a great win on the draw, and Turco circled in looking for something," Chodorow said. "He went up and down, and found me in front of the net. I just banged it home."
And while Chodorow's goal gave Harvard the lead for the third time in that day, Allman's second goal of the night at 14:47 sealed the Big Red's fate.
"Coach had the game plan of going hard on the defensemen wide and it paid off," Allman said. "The last one, I just picked up a nice play from Turco and [sophomore forward Harry] Schwefel through the neutral zone and beat the goaltender with the shot."
Prestifilippo had no need to fear any last minute shots from Cornell in the final minutes of the third. Even when Cornell pulled its goalie with about two minutes to go, giving them a 6-4 advantage on the power play, the Crimson defense was on fire. Cornell fans ducked their heads as the Crimson skated to an exciting 5-3 win.
The momentum gained off a win over Cornell, one of Harvard's biggest rivals, gives the Crimson some support when traveling to Clarkson and St. Lawrence next weekend.
"It doesn't get any easier, but that's okay. If we come committed and focused and willing to pay that price I really think we can win," Tomassoni said. "It's not going to be an easy weekend by any means but we're not going to run away and hide."
Colgate 6, Harvard 2
Freshman forward Jeff Stonehouse won the draw to open the first period, but the Crimson could do nothing to control the play afterwards. Weak fore-checking gave the Red Raiders numerous opportunities in the first few minutes of play, but Prestifilippo picked up the slack.
At 5:57 into the first period, Turco took the first two penalty minutes for holding, giving Colgate a the first of a pair of successful power play opportunities. Less than a minute in to the power play, Colgate's Etienne Morin battled past the Crimson defensemen to knock in a rebound from the crease at 6:43 into the first.
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