TEMPE, Ariz. – The Harvard men's hockey team (2-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) completed the weekend sweep of Arizona State (1-7-0), downing the Sun Devils, 6-2, Saturday at Oceanside Arena in Tempe.
Harvard's power play converted on two of its three opportunities Saturday, making it 4-for-7 on the man advantage over the weekend. Sean Malone scored twice and dished out an assist, giving him five points over the series. Luke Esposito had a goal and two assists for the second time in as many nights.
A total of eight penalties were whistled in the opening frame, four for each side. The difference on the scoreboard came in the form of two power play goals for the Crimson, while ASU went 0-for-3.
The first Crimson goal came at 12:09 when Clay Anderson lined up a drive from the top of the left face-off circle that was redirected by Seb Lloyd in front. Harvard doubled its lead 5:30 later on a rush that saw Malone feed a saucer pass through the middle of the ASU zone, finding Esposito on the doorstep where he beat the Sun Devils' netminder. Sophomore Viktor Dombrovskiy earned the second assist on each goal.
Jake Horton notched his first goal of the season at 5:40 of the second to extend the Crimson lead to 3-0. Linemate Ty Pelton-Byce worked the puck off the left boards to Lloyd who swung it to Horton for the score. The assist was the first point of Pelton-Byce's collegiate career.
The third frame saw the teams trade goals, as ASU scored its first two goals of the weekend series. After 103:18 of shutout goaltending from Merrick Madsen, the Sun Devils finally got on the scoreboard with Robbie Bailargeon scoring his fifth of the season at 3:18. Madsen stopped 24 shots on the night.
It took just 32 seconds for the Crimson to respond with Malone scoring his first of two goals in the period. Jacob Olson and Esposito garnered the assists, marking Olson's first point of the season. Harvard put another goal up on the board 2:05 later when Adam Fox lifted a puck from the Crimson defensive zone that landed in ahead of a charging Devin Tringale, who skated around an outstretched Ryland Pashovitz in net for ASU and potted his first of the season.
The quick scoring continued 1:05 later when Bailargeon netted his second, closing the gap to 5-2. Malone rounded out the scoring at 17:12, with a defender draped on him. Linemates Esposito and Moy garnered the assists.
A late major penalty and game misconduct was assessed to Jake Montgomery after he hit Olson late in the Harvard zone in the final minute, but the Crimson's 6-2 lead stood at the final horn.
The Crimson host Colgate and Cornell next Friday and Saturday, respectively, in the first home games of the year at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Both games are set for 7 p.m.