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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Harvard Hockey Scrimmage and Exhibition News

The men's hockey team scrimmaged Brown Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium, and handily defeated the Bears by a cumulative score of 7-2 over three separate periods of play. The two teams skated for three long periods - two regular strength periods and one special teams period. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Grimshaw, now fully recovered from a preseason wrist injury, potted two man-advantage goals, and freshman Alex Fallstrom added two more goals. The Crimson outscored the Brunos 4-1 in special teams play, including one short-handed goal for each squad.

Although we at WHRB Sports were unable to attend the scrimmage, it is particularly encouraging to hear that the Crimson special teams shows early signs of promise. Former assistant coach Sean McCann had run very effective Crimson special teams units in previous seasons, so to hear that the transition from McCann to new assistant coach Bobby Jay has not diminished one of the team's strengths is a positive.

It's a long road from a good scrimmage against Brown to consistent success in the regular season and in the ECAC tournament - however Tuesday night the Crimson started on the right note.

Friday night at 7 p.m. Harvard meets McGill University at the Bright Hockey Center in their only exhibition tuneup for the regular season, and you can catch the action live on GoCrimson.com.

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