The Harvard men's hockey team exited the weekend holding on to first place by the same one point that it entered. But its grip seems much tighter now.
The Crimson rebounded from its dismal performance at the Mariucci Classic over Christmas break to split the weekend, beating Yale 3-2 on Friday before dropping 4-2 to Princeton on Saturday at Bright Hockey Center.
Despite the loss, Harvard (7-8-1, 6-4-1 ECAC) put together two of its most complete performances of the season in tight, extremely physical battles against its rivals.
Though the Crimson's hold on first place is still precarious with six teams within four points, the strong outings against top contenders legitimized its top standing. And it indicated that Harvard will not fade as the second half of the season begins.
"If you look at the ECAC, it's so close, I don't know who's in first," Harvard Coach Mark Mazzoleni said.
Princeton 4, Harvard 2
With the game knotted at two and less than four minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore forward Brad Parsons silenced the Bright Hockey Center with one snap of the wrist to help the Tigers on their way to a 4-2 victory.
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