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McNally got his first goal of the season today and was -1 in a 6-2 shellacking by union, he now has 1G and 1A in 4 games played.

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Mcnally had 1 assist and was +3 with 1 shot in a 4-1 upset in Harvard (#17) win over #10 Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Three of Harvard's four offensive lines generated goals as the No. 17 Harvard men's hockey team upset long-time rival No. 10 Cornell, 3-1, Friday night at Lynah Rink. With the win, Harvard improves to 4-2-0 and 3-2-0 in ECAC play while Cornell (3-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC) absorbs its first home loss of the season.

The energy was high when the puck dropped to start the game, but Cornell was a bit over enthusiastic and saw a player sent to the box just 14 seconds in for interference. While the Crimson power-play was held in check, Harvard sustained solid pressure in the early going, testing the Big Red defense. Patrick McNally nearly got the Crimson on the board before the 10-minute mark, but his low line drive struck the right pipe and bounced clear. Another great look for the Crimson fell by the wayside when a 2-on-1 saw Alex Fallstrom wrist a close range shot just high of the net.

Harvard would be the team to strike first, however, grabbing a 1-0 lead with 5:28 to play in the period. Patrick McNally made a great play to pick off a clearing pass in front of the blue line, drew the attention of the Cornell defense and dished to Alex Fallstrom who buried the back-door look for the early edge.

The Cornell response was swift when John Knisley blasted a shot from just inside the right point that beat Raphael Girard stick-side, knotting the score just 26 seconds later. While the Cornell goal brought the raucous crowd back to life, sophomoreMike Seward served to silence the Big Red faithful, collecting his first goal of the season and second of his career. Greg Gozzo and Tommy O'Reganworked the puck into the Cornell zone and O'Regan slid a pass back to Seward, who shot through traffic and beat Andy Iles glove-side for a 2-1 edge. The helper by O'Regan is his fifth in as many games, and he extended Harvard's longest point streak of the season to five games.

Girard was tested early and often in the middle stanza, as the hosts ripped 12 shots on goal to Harvard's five. Cornell had a key opportunity on a power-play just past the halfway point of the period, but the Harvard penalty kill was up to the task, allowing just one shot to reach Girard. Harvard dodged a bullet when it went on its lone power-play of the period when John Esposito controlled the puck on a short-handed breakaway but fired high and wide of the net.

The Crimson capitalized on a Cornell turnover in its own end to jump out to a 3-1 lead late in the second frame. Jimmy Vesey stepped in front of a Cornell clearing pass and charged towards the net. The freshman wound up to shoot, but at the last second dished to a wide-open Kyle Criscuolo, who blasted a one-timer into the back of the net, giving Harvard a two-goal cushion with 17:43 gone in the second.

The guests did not make it easy on themselves in the final period, getting booked for a pair of penalties within the first 10 minutes of the frame. Harvard once again dealt with a barrage of Cornell shots as Girard was forced to make 12 more saves in the third. As a last-ditch effort, Cornell pulled its goalie with just over a minute remaining, but an outlet pass from Danny Biega to Petr Placek saw the sophomore seal the 4-1 final with an empty net tally.

Girard finished the game with 34 saves on the night and was monumental in helping the Crimson kill all four Cornell power plays in the game. The win is Harvard's first of the season when being outshot by an opponent (35-17).

Harvard looks to complete the weekend sweep tomorrow night when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate in a 7 p.m. contest.

http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/mice/2012-13/releases/20121116la43g6

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Highlights from the game against corenell on friday:

mcnally with the assist on the opening goal.

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Looks like McNally is getting it rolling again with a goal post and a sweet dish with just the right amount of speed on the pass.

A lesser D man would have sent that across way to fast for his teammate to react.

Let's hope he can keep things rolling now.

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That's very odd.. I wonder if this could be indicative of the Canucks pulling him out of University and assigning him to the Wolves. God knows they could use his help.

Just a hunch, but you never know.

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McNally and Tanev would be a sexy combo.

I doubt McNally would leave school after 1 year. Unless he's really not doing well in school.

That's weird that he wouldn't be on their roster. How do trades work in college hockey? I never really hear about them. Do they even make trades?

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McNally and Tanev would be a sexy combo.

I doubt McNally would leave school after 1 year. Unless he's really not doing well in school.

That's weird that he wouldn't be on their roster. How do trades work in college hockey? I never really hear about them. Do they even make trades?

I'm fairly certain you can't trade players in NCAA hockey, I can't see how the transfer of scholarships and everything would work. They're there for school and for a "trade" to occur I think the student would have to choose to transfer to another school..

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I'm fairly certain you can't trade players in NCAA hockey, I can't see how the transfer of scholarships and everything would work. They're there for school and for a "trade" to occur I think the student would have to choose to transfer to another school..

So you think he left school then?

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Yeah, there are no trades. However, there are transfers, but very infrequently. It tends to be fringe players or players not doing very well on the team or in school. Seems a bit odd for him to transfer, even odder for him to leave school.

If this is the Canucks pulling him out early to play for the Wolves, i'd say its a mistake. He should stay at least 2 more years.

Intriguing indeed...

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If he started the season in College there has to be rules against him just leaving during the season and signing a pro contract. Highly doubt he would leave Harvard either, especially on a scholarship.

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I can't see him walking away from a good education at Harvard to maybe crack a Wolves lineup. I think you guys are reading too much into this, though it is a curious thing as to why he's not listed on the team's roster. Maybe they update it game by game?

EDIT: I'm going to join the speculation hype and say that his birthday was on the 4th. He just turned 21 in the states, maybe he was irresponsible and went out partying - pissed off the coach and got benched?

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Hmmmm this is pretty interesting, School does seem like the best thing for him right now.

Hopefully it's nothing that has been suggested here, and he stays.

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I think the most likely situation is that he's injured.

And maybe that roster only includes active players.

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Max Everson, Patrick McNally and Mark Luzar have all been removed from the Harvard roster.

— Joe Meloni (@JoeMeloni)

December 10, 2012

Looks like he's been removed from the roster entirely. Meloni is saying it could be related to academic dishonesty and he's not the only one. Pretty curious case and where does that lead them for the rest of the season? I'm sure you can't transfer to another university without being redshirted for at least the rest of the season. Juniors, maybe?

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