March 13, 2012

Harvard thumps Yale, moves on to ECAC semis

By Jesse Connolly

The quarterfinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament are in the books. Here’s how the four teams that advanced punched their tickets to Atlantic City: 

Harvard's Alex Killorn had two goals and two assists in Sunday's 8-2 win over Yale. (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics)

Harvard buries Yale in deciding game

With their quarterfinals series tied at one game apiece, and each of their first two tilts being decided in overtime, many expected Sunday’s battle between Harvard and Yale to be a close one. So much for that idea.

The Crimson rocked the rival Bulldogs by a score of 8-2, as David Valek led the way with a hat trick for third-seeded Harvard. Alex Killorn and Marshall Everson chipped in four points apiece. Eleven different players notched points for Harvard, including Bruins’ prospect Alex Fallstrom, who had a goal and an assist.

Big Red sweep Big Green

After winning Game 1 in a double overtime thriller, Cornell carried momentum into Game 2 against Dartmouth. The Big Red tallied three times in the opening frame en route to a 3-1 win.

Dartmouth goalie Jody O’Neill was chased after coughing up all three goals on just seven shots. James Mello replaced him and stopped all 23 shots he faced, but the Big Green dug themselves too big of a hole.

With the win, Cornell advanced to championship weekend for the fifth-straight season. They’ll take on Harvard on Friday night.

Top-seeded Union squeaks by Rensselaer

Union racked up nearly twice as many points as Rensselaer during the regular season, but that didn’t make their quarterfinals matchup with them any easier. After winning a closely-contested Game 1, 3-2, over the Engineers, the Dutchmen were in for another fight in Game 2.

Union tallied twice in the first period to jump ahead early, but RPI scored goals 1:33 apart to knot things up in the second period. Kevin Sullivan came to the rescue for the Dutchmen, scoring quickly after the Engineers tied the game. He added an insurance marker in overtime to help Union complete the sweep.

Mihalik, Colgate blank Quinnipiac

Goaltender Eric Mihalik stopped all 31 shots he faced on Sunday, leading Colgate a 4-0 in over Quinnipiac in Game 3 of their quarterfinals series.

Chris Wagner led the way for the Raiders with two goals and an assist, while Austin Smith had a goal and an assist in the win. Quinnipiac went 0-for-6 on the power play in the loss.

Colgate will now square off with Union in the semifinal round on Friday night.