PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Sam Lafferty (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) scored all three of his goals in the third period for his first career hat trick to power the Brown men's hockey team past Harvard, 6-4, in Friday night's ECAC and Ivy League game at Meehan Auditorium.
Brown (7-17-4, 6-14-1 ECAC) snapped a seven-game skid against the Crimson to split the season series. Harvard dropped to 13-11-4, 11-7-3.
Lafferty also added an assist to match his career high with four points. Alex Brink (Hamilton, N.Y.), Trey Dodd (St. Louis, Mo.) and Josh McArdle (Roscoe, Ill.) added one goal apiece, while defenseman Max Gottlieb (Old Bridge, N.J.) tacked on two assists.
Rookie Luke Kania (Chicago, Ill.) made a career high 41 saves in the win. Michael Lackey stopped 23 shots on the other end. Brown went 2-for-5 on the power play.
Brown opened up the scoring midway through the opening period. Brink collected a rebound at the right circle and blasted a shot past Lackey for the one-goal lead at the first intermission. The Bears outshot Harvard, 14-10, in the first 20 minutes.
After Harvard drew a penalty for the first power play of the game, Dodd notched his second goal of the season at 3:14. The sophomore used a burst of speed to capitalize on a turnover in the defensive end and potted the team's first shorthanded goal of the season.
Harvard responded with two power-play goals, starting at 6:04, when Jack Badini scored on a one-timer right in front. Reilly Walsh evened the score at 14:18 during a 5-on-3 power play to make it 2-2 heading into the third period.
Brown regained the lead early in the third period when McArdle knocked home a one-timer from Lafferty for his second goal of the season. Lafferty scored just 1:32 later for his first of three goals, but Ryan Donato answered on the power play to trim the lead back to one, 4-3.
Lafferty responded with back-to-back goals, first scoring on a 5-on-3 power play, followed by his third of the game at 16:32 for his eighth overall this season.
Harvard made it interesting as Ty Pelton-Byce scored an extra-attacker goal at 18:13, but Kania and the Bears held off Harvard down the stretch to seal the win.
Brown will host Dartmouth tomorrow for senior night at 7 PM.
Video of all Brown men's hockey home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on ivyleague.tv.
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