By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA – Rapid reactions and thoughts from Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team’s eighth win of the season against Northeastern University.
How the game was won: The Crimson tallied three goals, one in each period, which came off the sticks of juniors Alex Fallstrom and Luke Greiner, and senior Alex Killorn to earn a 3-2 win. The win marks the second year in row that the Crimson have finished the tournament in third place. Also, Harvard received some decent goaltending in the win from freshman Steve Michalek, who turned away 24 shots.
Witt starts in place of Rawlings: In a surprise move, Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan started sophomore Clay Witt, who denied 36 shots between the pipes. He recorded his second loss of the season, while junior Chris Rawlings sat on the bench. Madigan didn’t exactly clarify why he started Witt, but explained that he has been working hard in practice.
What it means: Harvard has now won eight games this season, but still remains in fourth place in the ECAC standings behind Colgate, Cornell and Union. As for Northeastern, this was once again another heartbreaking one-goal defeat. The Huskies have now lost nine games this season by one goal, and currently reside in ninth place in the Hockey East conference.
Stat of the Game: Northeastern’s offense finished the game with 26 shots on net, and only two strikes from junior Robbie Vrolyk and sophomore Luke Eibler.
What’s next: Harvard will return to the ice on Friday when they travel to Brown University, while Northeastern will look snap their three-game losing streak at home against Providence College. Both games are slated for 7:00pm face-offs.