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Harvard Falls to Union in the ECAC Men's Hockey Title Game, 3-1

Harvard Falls to Union in the ECAC Men's Hockey Title Game, 3-1
Harvard's Girard Raphael made 31 saves versus Union in the ECAC Hockey title game (photo by courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications).

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- No. 6 Union scored three times in the third period to rally past the Harvard men's hockey team, 3-1, in the ECAC Hockey Championship final, ending the Crimson's season one win short of a league title and NCAA tournament berth. Earlier in the day, Cornell defeated Colgate, 3-0, at Boardwalk Hall to take third place in the league tournament and set itself up for a probable at-large berth in the NCAA Championship field.

In the title game, Raphael Girard made 31 saves to keep the top-seeded Dutchmen (24-7-7) off the board for two periods before all-tournament selection Alex Killorn gave the Crimson (13-10-11) a third-period lead with his 53rd career goal in the 130th and final game of a standout career. The senior led the league with 10 points on five goals and five assists in Harvard's five playoff games. Defenseman Danny Biega was also named to the all-tournament team.

After playing nearly 45 minutes of scoreless hockey, the teams traded goals 37 seconds apart in the third period. Killorn struck first, banging in a pass from Alex Fallstrom on the rush after Marshall Everson won the puck on the wall at his own blue line. Jeremy Welsh answered with a wrist shot on the other end, tying the game at the 5:29 mark. Union's Daniel Carr pounced on a loose puck in the crease to gain the lead at 9:34 of the third and then the Dutchmen added an empty net tally.

With a victory  in the ECAC Hockey Championship consolation game on Saturday, the Cornell men's hockey team put itself in line for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore goalie Andy Iles made 25 saves for the shutout, his sixth of the season. Forwards took care of all three Cornell goals, coming from senior Sean Collins, sophomore Dustin Mowrey and freshman John McCarron.

The selection show for the 2012 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship field will be televised live on Sunday, March 18 at noon on ESPNU. Next weekend's four regional sites include Worcester, Mass.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Green Bay, Wis. or St. Paul, Minn.