Men's Ice Hockey Shutout by Rensselaer, 2-0, in Chase For Playoff Bye

Harvard dropped a 2-0 decision to RPI on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Harvard dropped a 2-0 decision to RPI on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass – A big third period push was not enough for Harvard men's ice hockey (12-10-6, 10-6-5 ECAC Hockey) as the Crimson fell, 2-0, to Rensselaer (16-15-2, 12-8-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Feb. 28) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Cory Babichuk scored the deciding goal on a power play early on in the second period (:28) to give RPI a 1-0 lead.

Harvard outshot RPI, 29-24, on the night, and had a 15-7 edge in the third period as it pushed for the game-tying goal. But RPI goaltender Owen Savory (29 saves) was excellent, as Harvard was shutout for the first time all season.

First-year forward Nick Abruzzese had one of Harvard's best chances midway through the third, but his backhander was stopped by the leg of a sprawling Savory at 11:55.

The Crimson had a late power play, as Simon Kjellberg was sent to the box for slashing at 17:28. But Harvard's chances were turned away, and Ture Linden hit the empty net with less than a second to play to seal the win.

In a well-played and paced opening period, neither team found the back of the net, but sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone had Harvard's best chance, skating in alone on a breakaway midway through the frame.

Savory stuck out his right toe to make the stop at 11:40 of the first period after a backhand-forehand move by Rathbone.

Game Notes
- Harvard was shutout for the first time this season.
- Harvard's loss to Rensselaer snapped a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) for the Crimson against the Engineers.
- First-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson (23 saves) has allowed one goal or less in seven starts this season.