It has been an arduous season for the Harvard men’s hockey team.
The Crimson’s performance during the season has fluctuated wildly.
They won three straight in early February but followed that with a 1-3-1 stretch to end the season.
When the Crimson began their ECAC first-round series with 16th-ranked Yale on Friday night, it was a spitting image of their season’s woes.
After killing off a penalty at the start of the game, Harvard turned around and allowed two goals just 2:08 apart later in the first period en route to a 4-0 loss at Ingalls Rink in New Haven.
Jimmy Vesey was assessed a hitting from behind minor just 10 seconds into the game, but the Crimson were up to the challenge and stifled the Bulldogs’ power play.
Harvard (10-16-4) earned its own power-play opportunity at 5:18 of the first but were unable to capitalize.
That is when the game unraveled for Harvard.
Just 29 seconds after the power play ended, Jesse Root scored on a breakaway to put the Bulldogs up, 1-0.
After the Crimson killed off a penalty they were assessed on the breakaway, Yale (16-9-5) struck again.
Just eight seconds after the power play ended, Gus Young scored off an assist from Cody Learned.
Learned added a shorthanded tally in the second, and Carson Cooper scored in the third to round out the offensive.
Alex Lyon made 24 saves for the Bulldogs, who lead the best-of-three series, 1-0. Game 2 is Saturday night in New Haven.
In other ECAC first-round action: Ryan Haggerty scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, propelling Rensselaer (15-14-6) past visiting Dartmouth, 4-1.
Charles Grant made 33 saves for the Big Green (8-18-4), who trail in the series, 1-0.
Eric Sweetman's goal 1:27 into the second overtime lifted St. Lawrence (14-17-4) past visiting Brown, 3-2.
Nick Lappin scored with less than a minute remaining in the third period for the Bears, who trail in the series, 1-0. Tyler Steel stopped 43 shots for Brown (11-16-3).
Atlantic Hockey first round — Kyle Gibbons had a goal and an assist and host Canisius (13-19-3) earned a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart (12-23-0) in the first game of a best-of-three series . . . Brad McGowan’s goal at 13:23 of overtime sent RIT (12-18-5) to a 3-2 win over Holy Cross (12-20-3) in Worcester. The Crusaders trail in the series, 1-0 . . . Dan Kolenda’s goal 4:43 into the second overtime gave host Niagara (12-18-5) a 1-0 win over American International (10-24-1). The Yellow Jackets trail in the series, 1-0.
Harvard 69, Yale 65 — Temi Fagbenle had 23 points and 12 rebounds and the host Crimson (20-7, 10-3) edged the Bulldogs (12-15, 6-7), giving coach Kathy Delany-Smith her 515th victory, the most in Ivy League history. Delany-Smith passed legendary Princton men’s coach Pete Carril.
Brown 46, Dartmouth 43 — Sophie Bikofsky had 15 points as the visiting Bears (10-18, 4-9 Ivy) eked out a victory over the Big Green (5-22, 2-11).
America East quarterfinals — Corinne Coia had 21 points and New Hampshire scored 52 points in the second half, the fourth most in a half in tournament history, en route to an 85-79 victory over Vermont in Albany, N.Y. The Wildcats (19-11) face Stony Brook on Sunday . . . Amber Bepko had 16 points as Hartford earned a 63-62 overtime victory over Maine (16-14). The Hawks (13-17) face Albany on Sunday.
Metro Atlantic Athletic quarterfinals — Brittany McQuain (13 points, 12 rebounds) powered Quinnipiac to a 72-61 win over Canisius (13-17) in Springfield. The Bobcats (20-11) face Iona on Sunday . . . Alexys Vazquez (11 points) nailed three 3-pointers, setting the program record for 3-pointers in a season with 85, but Fairfield (20-10) fell to Rider, 63-56. The Broncs face Marist on Sunday.
ACC quarterfinals — Jewell Loyd scored 17 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame past Florida State, 83-57, in Greensboro, N.C. Notre Dame (30-0) will face N.C. State on Saturday . . . No. 10 Duke claimed its 37th straight victory over Georgia Tech, an 82-52 rout powered by Tricia Liston’s 15 points. She also made her school-record-tying 80th 3-pointer of the season for the Blue Devils (26-5), who face North Carolina on Saturday. . . Diamond DeShields had 22 points to help No. 13 North Carolina (24-8) beat No. 8 Maryland, 73-70.
Pac-12 quarterfinals — Chiney Ogwumike scored 19 points, leading fourth-ranked Stanford past pesky Colorado, 69-54, in Seattle. The Cardinal (29-2) will face either USC or Arizona State Saturday night.
SEC quarterfinals — Alaina Coates had 13 points as fifth-ranked South Carolina took an easy 67-48 victory over Georgia in Duluth, Ga. The Gamecocks (27-3) will face Kentucky . . . Isabelle Harrison scored 21 points and No. 6 Tennessee used a late 19-0 run to beat LSU, 77-65. The Lady Vols (25-5) will face Texas A&M.
NCAA Div. 3 first round — Hayley Kanner had 16 points and 11 rebounds and host Tufts defeated St. Joseph’s (Maine), 66-43, for its school-record 27th win of the season. The Jumbos face the University of New England Saturday . . . Marley Giddins had 20 points and 11 boards, powering Amherst to a 63-49 win over Springfield in Oneonta, N.Y. The Jeffs (25-3) face Hartwick on Saturday.
Wichita State 80, Evansville 58 — Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 17 points each as the second-ranked Shockers stayed unbeaten with a romp over the Purple Aces (14-19) in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley tournament in St. Louis.
Wichita State (32-0) set a tournament record with 11 blocked shots and will face Missouri State in the semifinals on Saturday.
Dartmouth 75, Brown 68 — Tyler Melville scored 23 points as the Big Green (11-16, 4-9 Ivy League) upset the Bears in Providence. Sean McGonagill led Brown (15-12, 7-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds
NCAA Div. 3 first round — Michael Mayer had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 assists, leading host Williams past Mitchell, 81-66. The Ephs (24-4) host Gordon on Saturday . . . Domenick Mastascusa had 19 points for WPI (22-5) but Albertus Magnus (27-2) used a late 11-2 run to defeat the Engineers, 68-66, in Purchase, N.Y. Albertus Magnus faces Purchase on Saturday.