POTSDAM, N.Y. – For the first time since November 2002, the Harvard men's hockey team (8-2-1, 4-1-1 ECAC) completed a sweep during its North Country road trip, rolling past Clarkson, 7-3, Saturday evening at Cheel Arena. The win over Clarkson follows a 4-2 win Friday evening at St. Lawrence.
Tyler Moy and Ryan Donato each scored twice and were two of five Crimson that had two points in the victory over the Golden Knights. Harvard's power play scored twice for the second-straight night while the penalty kill unit erased three penalties to go 6-for-6 over the weekend.
Clarkson was on the board first with Troy Josephs scoring at 7:01. The lead lasted just over two minutes though, as the Crimson responded on the power play at 9:05. Working the puck around the zone, Adam Foxfound Tyler Moy positioned at the bottom of the left face-off circle. Moy eyed his line and then wristed one into the mesh to make it 1-1. A.J. Fossen responded for the home squad 1:03 later, giving Clarkson a 2-1 lead which it took to the first intermission.
Harvard swung the momentum of the game in its favor definitively in the second period, reeling off three goals. Seb Lloyd tied the game, 2-2, at 2:23. Ty Pelton-Byce made a play at the blue line to keep the puck in the zone and then charged the net, feeding Lloyd for the tally.
Harvard took the lead at 8:36 with its second power play goal, this one coming from Nathan Krusko. The Crimson weaved passes throughout the Clarkson defense, leading to Luke Esposito in the middle of the zone feeding Krusko right in front where he jammed home the puck. The Crimson added to its lead with less than two minutes left in the second, when Moy notched his second of the night. Racing into the Clarkson zone, Sean Malone dished a pass in front of the Clarkson netminder to Moy for the tap-in.
Ryan Donato extended the lead to 5-2 at 5:33 of the third with his sixth goal of the season. Alexander Kerfootset Donato up for a one-time blast from the left face-off circle that beat Jake Kielly through the five hole.
Sam Vigneault scored two minutes later for Clarkson, but it'd be as close the Golden Knights would get, as Donato and Malone each scored empty-net goals with less than 2:07 to play.
Harvard, winners of its last three games, will now take the next three weeks off from competition for finals and holiday break, before hosting Rensselaer December 30 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.