CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (1/31/14) – Senior Alec Rush scored twice for Princeton in the third period but the Tigers couldn’t overcome a three-goal deficit as Harvard took a 3-2 game in men’s hockey on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
It marked Rush’s first multiple-goal game of his career as he scored both goals in the third period.
The last time a Princeton (4-16, 3-10 ECAC) defender scored twice in a game was on Feb. 18, 2011 when Taylor Fedun scored twice in a 7-3 win over Brown.
The first goal came at 13:20 when Princeton earned a lengthy 5x3 advantage for 1:37 after Harvard’s (6-11-3, 3-9-3 ECAC) Sean Malone and Max Everson received back-to-back penalties. The Tigers worked the puck around with junior Aaron Ave connecting with senior Andrew Calof and Rush switching places on the blue line. Rush ripped a shot form the right point that went over the right shoulder of netminder Raphael Girard.
Less than four minutes later Rush added his second goal, an extra-attacker goal. Senior Jack Berger got the puck off a face off and flipped it behind the goal to Calof. Calof found Rush open in the right face off circle and he rifled home the goal.
Princeton would struggle to get the equalizer after picking up a tripping penalty at 18:20. The bench again pulled netminder Colton Phinney for the extra attacker for the game’s final 38 seconds but the Tigers wouldn’t score.
Greg Gozzo got a puck in the neutral zone and skated down the left boards. He got tied up with a defender as he tried a toe drag across the center and Tyler Moy put a shot on goal that rebounded out to the weak side where Gozzo was able to get an outstretched stick on the puck and put it away at 2:02.
Less than three minutes later, Harvard gained a 2-0 lead. Kyle Criscuolo had a major hand in serving up Harvard’s second goal as he stripped a Princeton defender on a routine puck gather behind the goal and dished it off to Alexander Kerfoot out in front for the goal.
Jimmy Vesey made it 3-0 at 9:40 after a defensive breakdown by the Tigers. Phinney, anticipating a shot by Desmond Bergin from the left point came out to the top of the crease, but Bergin quickly pushed the puck back to Vesey and who went five-hole on defender Jeremy Goodwin who was trying to cover the left side of the net.
Phinney finished the game with 30 saves, while Girard stopped 26 shots for Harvard, as the Crimson edged the Tigers 33-28 in shots.
Princeton travels to play at Dartmouth tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Big Green dropped an 8-1 game to No. 3 Quinnipiac this evening in Hanover.