No. 10/11 men’s hockey goes to seven with 3-1 win in New Hampshire

DURHAM, New Hampshire— Junior forward Sean Farrell had one goal and two assists, senior defender Heinrich Thun added a goal and an assist and a senior goalkeeper Mitchell Gibson made 27 saves to rank the No. 10/11 Harvard men’s hockey team (7-0-0) in a 3-1 win in New Hampshire (3-9-1 ) respectively.

Harvard won its first seven games earlier in the year for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Harvard had two shorthanded odd-man rushes on UNH’s first power play from 8:24 of the opening period, including a 2-on-1 chance for Farrell and a breakaway for Matthew Coronato. Both were repelled by UNH goalkeeper Tyler Muszelik (20 saves).

But Coronato would switch later in the period to a great setup from Farrell, who found him in the high slot at 1:23 p.m. for a quick wrist shot over the glove to level Harvard 1-0.

The Crimson played in his own zone for a good portion of the second period due to three Harvard penalties. But Harvard successfully snuffed out all three UNH power play chances.

Towards the end of the third, Harvard used its own power play to go into the break with a two-goal lead. After a 5-on-3 power play, Harvard scored on the ensuing 5-on-4 in a game that started with a good keep-in on point Ryan Siedem.

Senior Defender Heinrich Thun found Farrell at the right circle, and the sophomore pulled the puck away from a UNH defender and then fired a wrist shot into the top corner at 18:53 to make it 2-0.

Harvard scored another power play goal early in the third period to take a three-goal lead as a freshman defender Ryan Healey’s Point shot was deflected past Muszelik by Thrun at 7:44 to add three to the Crimson.

UNH added a goal at 15:50 of the third period but didn’t get any closer as Gibson’s season-best 27 saves helped Crimson continue his winning streak.

GAME NOTES

  • Harvard is back to 7-0-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 season, when it started the season 15-0-0.
  • Harvard finished the night with a perfect 6-6 on penalties and is now 22-23 a year (95.7%) on PK. Harvard went 2-on-4 on the power play and is now at 29% of PP for the year.
  • Sophomore forward Matthew Coronato (Goal) has points in six of his first seven games and leads the team with 11 points (5-6-11) in points standings.
  • Junior forward Sean Farrell (goal, two assists) scored his third multiple-point game of the season.
  • Senior goalkeeper Mitchell Gibson made 27 saves to improve to 4-0-0 on the year.
  • Harvard was overshot for the first time this season (28-23).

NEXT

Harvard will have this upcoming weekend off before heading to Michigan No. 3/3 over Thanksgiving weekend to play two games against the Wolverines on November 25th and 26th.

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