Crimson’s Carroll stymies Dutchmen, 4-1

Union teed up 48 shots on goal against Harvard Friday night, and expected to score a few goals. But
Union’s John Simpson, left, is tripped up at the blue line by Harvard’s Alex Fallstrom Friday.
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Union’s John Simpson, left, is tripped up at the blue line by Harvard’s Alex Fallstrom Friday.

Union teed up 48 shots on goal against Harvard Friday night, and expected to score a few goals.

But the way Crimson junior goalie Ryan Carroll has played lately, even a hot team like the ECAC Hockey-leading and 13th-ranked Dutchmen can be cooled off.

Carroll made a career-high 47 saves, frustrating the Dutchmen time and time again and leading the Crimson to a 4-1 victory at Messa Rink.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Dutchmen (7-1-3 ECACH, 13-5-5 overall), and it was their first league loss of the season. They have a one-point lead over Cornell and Yale, who are tied for second. Cornell beat North Dakota, 1-0, in a non-league game, while Yale downed Clarkson, 3-2, in league play.

Carroll was at his best in the second period, when Union had a 21-6 shot edge. The Crimson (5-5-2, 5-10-2) came out of the period leading, 2-1. Jason Walters had given Union a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 3:20 of the second. But goals by Conor Morrison and Eric Kroshus gave Harvard the lead.

“[Carroll] was the difference in the game,” Union coach Nate Leaman said. “That was the difference in the game, especially in that second period, when we outshot them, 21-6, and are down, 2-1, after that period.”

Leaman was pleased with the effort of his team through the first two periods. They were getting plenty of chances. The 48 shots were a season high.

“A number of our shots came from the Grade-A area,” Leaman said. “You’re not going to go through this league undefeated. The big thing I’ve been concerned about is that you may lose a game like this, where you outplay your opponent, and you don’t get the bounces. I didn’t want us to not show up for a game and be complacent.”

Leaman believed the Dutchmen didn’t have as good an effort in the third period as they did in the first two periods.

“I thought where I got frustrated a little bit [was] that because offense was coming easy to us, we started to take shortcuts on offense in the third,” Leaman said. “We had a lot of guys jumping for the hills.”

Walters agreed.

“It was frustrating,” said Walters, who extended his point-scoring streak to 14 games. “We didn’t get to the dirty areas. That was the difference.”

Carroll did an excellent job of frustrating the Dutchmen. He made 22 of his saves on eight Union power plays.

Harvard has won four straight league games, and Carroll has won the last three. He has made 120 saves in the last three games, and allowed just four goals.

“Whatever it takes to win,” Carroll said. “The guys are blocking more shots than they used to. The shots would be a lot higher, but the guys are sacrificing.”

Carroll punctuated his night when he robbed Kyle Bodie with two minutes left in the game when the Dutchmen were short-handed and trying to tie the score.

John Simpson came down the right wing, and fed a pass to Bodie in the slot. Bodie, playing for the first time since Jan. 2 against Army, had his shot hit Carroll’s shoulder.

“The guys came down flying,” Carroll said. “I didn’t think I had a chance to play the puck. I knew there was a guy coming in the slot. I just went out, and, luckily, got it with my arm.”

Just all in a day’s work for Carroll.

“He’s a very calm person, in general,” Harvard coach Ted Donato said. “He does a good job controlling rebounds, staying square to the puck and he’s looked very comfortable and confident in the net. He’s given us a boost.”

Harvard 0 2 2 — 4

Union 0 1 0 — 1

First Period — None. Penalties — Valek, Har (interference), 4:20; J. Simpson, Uni (hooking), 8:07; A. Biega, Har (interference), 12:02; Walters, Uni (cross-checking), 16:33.

Second Period — 1, Union, Walters 13 (Schreiber, Zajac), 3:20 (pp). 2, Harvard, Morrison 7 (Kroshus, Fallstrom), 5:33. 3, Harvard, Kroshus 2 (A. Biega, Morin), 12:07. Penalties — Leblanc, Har (goalie interference), 1:31; Michaud, Har (hooking), 7:54; A, Biega, Har (roughing), 18:44; Valery-Trabucco, Uni (interference), 18:47.

Third Period — 4, Harvard, D. Biega 1, 18:53 (pp-en). 5, Harvard, Fallstrom 2 (Michaud), 19:36 (sh-en). Penalties — Del Mauro, Har (roughing), 2:44; Forgaard, Uni (cross-checking), 2:44; Leblanc, Har (high-sticking), 4:23; Greiner, Har (hitting after whistle), 6:05; Welsh, Uni (hitting after whistle), 6:05; Wakita, Uni (contact to head-elbowing), 10:01; Michaud, Har (tripping), 12:18; Boileau, Uni (elbowing), 17:46; Valek, Har (tripping), 19:04.

Shots on Goal — Harvard 8-6-11 — 25. Union 16-21-11 — 48.

Power-play opportunities — Harvard 1 of 5; Union 1 of 8.

Goalies — Harvard, Carroll 3-2-1 (48 shots-47 saves). Union, Kinkaid 7-3-2 (23-21).

A — 2,169. T — 2:12.

Referees — Bryan Hicks, Andy O’Brien. Linesmen — Dan Taggart, Leo Boylan.

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