Last night at Madison Square Garden, the Yale Bulldogs (8-3-4, 4-2-3) took down the Harvard Crimson (5-8-3, 2-7-3) in the inaugural edition of what was titled the “Rivalry on Ice”. In front of a crowd of 15,000 plus, Rangers greats Mark Messier and (Yale alum) Mike Richter, and Secretary of State John Kerry, the reigning national champs took down their archrivals 5-1. Any question of the game’s eventual outcome was answered by Yale’s 3 goal barrage in the space of three minutes in the second period. Cody Learned scored 2 goals and was named MVP of the game in a postseason ceremony following Yale’s victory.
I was fortunate enough to attend the game, and I had several observations to share.
- Harvard’s starting goalie, Raphael Girard, had a very shaky performance. He was pulled after he let up a fourth goal, the final goal in the three goal barrage in the second period. He had a truly terrible moment earlier in the period, when he attempted to make a save on a shot on goal from Learned, but ended up letting the puck hit his stick and slide into the net. If Harvard wants to put on a better show, Girard needs to play more effectively.
- Madison Square Garden looks modern, sleek, and clean following its $1 billion renovation over the past several years. The new Chase Bridge (which I sat on for a separate Rangers game) was a great spot to see a game from, and the new scoreboard in the center of the arena has an outstandingly clear picture. I’ve always liked MSG, but the renovations make an even better venue. That being said, the audio issues with Harvard’s marching band were slightly irritating.
- Yale fans tired of watching the football team get embarrassed in the Game, which Harvard has won the last 7 years, might want to get tickets for the next edition of the Rivalry on Ice. It was nice to see Yale dominate a Crimson team for once (even though harvardfan94 likely disagrees with me).
- It was very cool seeing Mark Messier at the game. MSG loved him, of course, and he seemed happy to be back. Messier has been doing lots of promotional work for the Kingsbridge Armory, which is scheduled to become the world’s largest indoor ice center in 2017. In appreciation of Messier and his work for the center, please give it a follow!
- It was also nice to see Secretary of State Kerry at the game, but it was slightly concerning that Kerry was watching a hockey game instead of dealing with the foreign affairs of the nation. You might want to get your priorities in order, John.