Cambridge, MA—The men’s hockey team came away with a 4-3 victory over Harvard Friday night, improving its record to 5-5-4 while picking up three valuable points in ECAC play. Bruno trailed 3-2 in the third period, but two goals in the span of only nineteen seconds proved to be the difference, giving the Bears their second win in three games of the new year (they had previously defeated No. 10 Boston University 6-1 in the Shillelagh Holiday Tournament).
After a scoreless first period, Brown took the lead in the second on goals by Chris Zaires ’13 and Bobby Farnham ’12. The 2-0 lead didn’t hold for long, though, as the Bears ceded three goals to Harvard in the remainder of the period, all of which were scored by Crimson forward Michael Biega for the hat trick.
Just when the Bright Hockey Center was starting to get comfortable with a 3-2 lead midway through the final period, Brown silenced the arena with two lightning strikes. On a delayed penalty on Harvard, Brown pulled their goalie for the six-on-five advantage. Bruno produced with the extra man, as Garnet Hathaway ’14 found the back of the net. Only nineteen seconds later, captain Harry Zolniercyzk ’11 scored what proved to be the game-winning goal from close range, leaving the Harvard crowd in stunned silence. For the remaining half of the period, the Bears’ defense buckled down, and fourteen third period saves from goaltender Marco DeFilippo ’14 (32 for the game) preserved the three points.
The win moves Brown up to seventh in a strong ECAC conference. Brown fans can next see the Bears play in Providence on January 16th against Yale, currently the No. 1 ranked team in all of college hockey. Students can first watch Bruno during the spring semester on February 2nd, as the squad hosts these same Harvard Crimson in a rematch of what was a physical and chippy affair.
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