Harvard Skates to Tie with Colgate in Home Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12/12 Harvard men's hockey team (2-0-1, 0-0-1 ECAC) attacked the Colgate net relentlessly Friday evening, but Charlie Finn made 41 saves for the Raiders (1-3-4, 0-0-1), leading to a 1-1 tie in the home opener at Bright-Landry Hockey Center for the Crimson.

Junior Merrick Madsen made 14 saves for the Crimson, as the goals for each team were scored on the power play. Colgate finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage, while the Harvard power play unit was 1-for-7.

The opening period saw each team whistled for a single penalty, the difference on the scoreboard would prove to be Colgate's success on the power play. Evan Peterson started the play with a shot that was initially blocked, but the puck squirted to the other side of the zone where Jared Cockrell set up Ross Craig for a shot from the slot. The puck slipped through the traffic in front and hit off an outstretch glove-hand of Madsen and popped up and over the goal line at 10:12. Harvard went on the power play with just under five minutes remaining in the period and fired two shots on goal, but couldn't convert. The Crimson outshot the Raiders, 18-2 in the frame.

Harvard continued to outshoot Colgate in each of the next two periods, 20-10, but could not get a shot past Finn until 12:52 of the third stanza. Getting its seventh look at the power play with Jake Kulevich sitting for holding, the Crimson unit settled into the offensive zone and began working the puck. From the left wing, Tyler Moy fed a pass to Adam Fox at the blue line. The freshman defenseman ripped a shot towards the net that Alexander Kerfoot clipped with his stick and deflected past Finn. After a review, the goal stood and the game was even at 1-1.

Both goaltenders were sharp down the stretch and into overtime, with Madsen stopping three shots and Finn turning away four in the extra period, but neither team could find the game-winner.

Harvard is back at it Saturday night at Bright-Landry with rival Cornell coming to town. Face-off is set for 7 p.m. and fans can watch the game on ESPN3.