Cornell forward Joel Lowry is an LA Kings draft pick; Harvard blueliner Danny Biega was taken by the Carolina Hurricanes. (Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)
By Stu Hackel
If you miss watching live NHL games, the entertaining CHL-Russia Super Series has been a good televised substitute and now we’ll start getting a bit more college hockey on U.S. TV. Friday night brings a good match-up to NBC Sports Net: the Harvard-Cornell game, two long-time ECAC arch-rivals that are ranked in the Division 1 Top 20 by USCHO.com.
With no NHL to broadcast, NBCSN is giving this game the full treatment with Mike Emrick and Pierre McGuire calling the action. The game was on the network’s schedule from Day 1, so it’s not replacement programming, which speaks to how much they think of it, one of the biggest showdowns in college hockey.
Both Cornell and Harvard have sagged in recent weeks and hope to turn things around at Cornell’s sold out and always lively Lynah Rink, where hostility toward the visiting team is legendary.
“It’s huge,” senior Harvard forward Alex Fallstrom told The Harvard Crimson while speaking of the rivalry. “It’s going to be a packed barn, loud, probably not a single Harvard fan in the stands. It’s going to be fun though.”
“We are all excited, trying to give the freshmen a little preview of what it’s going to be like,” fellow Harvard senior Luke Greiner added. “The atmosphere is pretty incredible.”