CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard University Men’s Ice Hockey team’s (4-16) tumultuous season took a turn for the worse on Saturday, as the Crimson fell to rival, Cornell University (9-9-3) at the Bright Center, 2-1.
“I just told [my team] to keep their heads up [after the loss],” said Harvard head coach Ted Donato. “I thought we worked hard, had our chances [and] I’m sure that the kids are frustrated. [This loss] wasn’t from a lack of effort.”
“[This win] was good,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer. “We’re still finding our ways as a hockey team and figuring out ways to win, but to come on the road and to get [a victory] was good.”
Harvard began the game strong, firing eight shots during the first four minutes of the opening period on Cornell’s goaltender, Andy Iles (33-saves), but the Big Red responded immediately with the first goal of the evening, as Mike Devlin netted his fifth goal on the season and gave Cornell an early lead.
“I think we had, I think six or seven shots before they got one and then they bounced back. [Cornell] is a smart team and they work hard and they were able to defend and not break,” said Donato.
The Crimson eventually got on the board when Alex Falstrom scored an unassisted goal that tied the game.
Cornell would score again late in the second period as Dustin Mowrey and Nick D’Agostino connected with teammate, Locke Jilson, who pushed the puck passed Harvard’s goaltender, Ryan Carroll (18-saves), which gave the Big Red the lead and eventually the game. Harvard’s offense desperately tried to tie the game, but their efforts fell short once the final buzzer sounded at the end of the third period.
“We certainly had enough chances [to tie the game]. I think it’s frustrating because once again we had enough chances, but hats off to [Cornell],” said Donato.
Cornell’s win was important, especially in regards to their ECC conference standings, yet, if it wasn’t for the great play of Iles, the Big Red could have lost this particular contest.
“[Cornell’s] goaltending was outstanding and they did enough to win,” said Donato.
“Andy [Iles] made a couple of huge backdoor saves. Andy made two huge saves in the third to preserve the victory,” said Schafer.
Harvard will return to the ice on February 2, when they face Brown University (7-10-4) and Cornell will look to build off this significant win during their next game against Clarkson University (12-11-2) on February 4.