Late Push Falls Short as No. 20 Men's Ice Hockey Edged 6-3 at St. Lawrence

First-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson made 26 saves against St. Lawrence.
First-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson made 26 saves against St. Lawrence.
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CANTON, N.Y. – A furious third-period rally fell short for No. 20 Harvard men's ice hockey (12-9-6, 10-5-5 ECAC Hockey) in a 6-3 loss to St. Lawrence (4-24-4, 2-17-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday night (Feb. 22) at Appleton Arena.

St. Lawrence outshot Harvard 37-30 for the game, limiting the Crimson scoring chances through two periods of play. Mitchell Gibson made 26 saves in net for Harvard, with Cam Gornet making five saves in the third period.

John Farinacci, Henry Bowlby, and Ryan Siedem all scored third period goals for Harvard, which trailed 4-0 heading into the final 20 minutes.

Farinacci got Harvard on the scoreboard with a power play goal at 5:04 of the third period, threading two St. Lawrence defenders and beating Daniel Mannella (27 saves) with a low wrist shot to make it 4-1. St. Lawrence responded with a goal from Ryan Garvey at 6:47 on a 2-on-1.

But Harvard regained momentum on Bowlby's turnaround shot from the slot that beat Mannella at 9:40. Then, with Harvard on the penalty kill, junior forward Jack Badini made a great pass to Siedem for a tap-in goal on the back door, cutting the St. Lawrence lead to 5-3 with 5:54 to play in the third.

But despite having possession of the puck for much of the final five minutes of the game, Harvard would get no closer, and Aleksi Peltonen's empty-net goal at 19:54 sealed the win for St. Lawrence.

Harvard fell behind in the first period after two even strength goals from the Saints, the first in the opening minute of play (:58) from Andrew McIntyre, and the second from David Jankowski (18:09). Both goals were scored from right outside the crease.

The Saints continued to apply the pressure in the second period, limiting Harvard's chances and striking on their own opportunities. Jacob Nielsen scored again from right in front at 11:48 to make it 3-0.

Then Kaden Pickering put the Saints up 4-0 at 15:39, putting in his own rebound. 

Game Notes
- Jack Rahtbone (assist) and has points in five straight games.
- Harvard finished the night 1-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Harvard'd power play is No. 1 in the nation at 31.2%, Harvard is 7-for-7 on the penalty kill over the past three games.
- Harvard's loss to St. Lawrence snapped a 10-game winning streak against the Saints dating back to the 2014-15 season.