Dartmouth Taken Down by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A barrage of scoring in the third period resulted in a 5-2 win for fifth-ranked Harvard Friday night against the visiting Dartmouth men’s hockey team at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Freshman Will Graber and senior Josh Hartley each scored with shots from the point, but the Crimson managed to answer back with a goal of their own shortly after each and notched three in the period for the win.

Dartmouth (8-12-3, 5-9-2 ECAC) and Harvard (15-5-2, 11-4-2 ECAC) split the season series as the Green knocked off the then-sixth-ranked Crimson, 8-4, in Hanover on Jan. 17.

The Crimson led 2-0 heading into the third period on goals from Sean Malone and Jake Horton in each of the first two frames. Malone’s second of the night made it 3-0 just 1:39 into the third.

That’s when Graber put an innocent-looking shot along the ice from the point through traffic that deflected off a Harvard player and into the back of the net, breaking Merrick Madsen’s shutout bid with 14:14 to play.

Luke Esposito answered with the home team’s fourth goal less than two minutes later.

A five-minute major and a game misconduct were assessed to Horton less than 10 seconds after the Esposito tally, giving the Big Green an opportunity to cut away at the deficit. Hartley’s point shot 14 seconds into the lengthy power play did just that, but the visitors were unable to capitalize again.

As the major expired, Alexander Kerfoot wrapped up the scoring with Harvard’s fifth and final goal at 12:54.

Devin Buffalo made several big-time saves with his legs and glove, finishing the night with 34 stops, but saddled with the loss. Madsen stopped 28 in the win as Harvard held a 39-30 edge in shots.

Dartmouth was 1-for-5 on the man-advantage, while the penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6 on the night against an explosive and talented offensive team.

The Big Green return to Hanover and Thompson Arena next weekend to square off with Rensselaer and No. 4 Union.