Harvard coach Ted Donato said he was excited about the mix of youth and experience heading into the 2012-13 season.
Through two games, both victories, the 13th-ranked Crimson have demonstrated resiliency, energy, and poise.
On Friday night, they rallied for three goals in the second period — the first one shorthanded — on the way to a 3-2 win over Brown (1-2-0) at Bright Hockey Center.
“We’re excited to get the win,’’ said Donato. “I think it was a frustrating game at times because we were getting some chances but really couldn’t get any separation. I thought the [Colin Blackwell shorthanded] goal kind of gave us a shot of life. After that, I thought we really started to play a much better game.’’
The Crimson started the evening in strong fashion, controlling play for much of the first period. Some of that had to do with Brown’s penalty trouble, which resulted in three Harvard power plays.
Although they didn’t score, the Crimson had some good looks during the power play.
One of their best opportunities came late in the period when Brown senior left wing Francis Drolet was whistled off for tripping at the 16-minute mark. Senior right wing Alex Fallstrom , positioned in the left circle, dished a cross-ice pass to senior left wing Marshall Everson just outside the right post.
Everson was all alone and had an opening but couldn’t get his stick on the puck.
For the final 30 seconds, Brown put together a flurry, but Harvard junior goalie Raphael Girard (27 saves) fended it off.
Five goals were scored in the middle period with Harvard taking a 3-2 lead into the second intermission after outshooting the Bears, 17-9.
Brown came out fast in the opening five minutes, taking a 1-0 lead.
Senior left wing Chris Zaires redirected a high shot that beat Girard at 3:24 for his first goal of the season.
Harvard responded with a shorthanded goal at 11:31, just 13 seconds after Everson was called for cross-checking.
Blackwell, a sophomore center, cut inside on freshman defenseman Brandon Pfeil and sailed a shot past Brown junior netminder Marco DeFilippo (39 saves).
A little more than two minutes later, Harvard took the lead when freshman left wing Jimmy Vesey feathered a pass from the right circle to freshman center Kyle Criscuolo in the slot. Criscuolo snapped a shot past DeFilippo for his first collegiate goal at 13:43.
The Crimson made it a two-goal lead at 16:37 when senior defenseman Brendan Rempel got his first collegiate goal in 53 career contests.
Rempel teed up a slapper from the right point and it beat DeFilippo through a screen. For Harvard it was a three-goal run in 5:06.
“I was pretty happy about it. Tommy O’Regan made a nice pass up to the point there and I had a lot of time and space,’’ said Rempel.
Brown closed the gap to one goal at 18:14 when sophomore center Matt Lorito delivered a high shot from the slot that escaped Girard.
“I actually thought we battled pretty hard,’’ said Brown coach Brendan Whittet. “I thought we came out really strong in the second.’’
Brown also lost two players — freshman Nate Widman suffered a serious knee injury and right wing Nick Lappin left with a groin injury.
“It crushed us,’’ said Whittet. “That loss that early, which may be a devastating loss for us and Nate, that’s not a good thing. We had two guys come out who were really talented freshmen.’’
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