CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It took a high-volume offensive effort from the No. 4/3 Harvard men's hockey (11-2-1, 7-1-1 ECAC) team Saturday night, but at the final horn, the Crimson held a 5-2 lead over Princeton (7-10-1, 3-8-1) for its sixth consecutive victory.
Harvard racked up 51 shots, a season-high, with Princeton netminder Colton Phinney stopping 46 of the 48 he faced. It's the most saves an opposing goalie has made against Harvard this season. On the other end, junior Merrick Madsen made 31 stops for the Crimson, giving him 65 saves on the 69 shots he faced during Harvard's weekend sweep of No. 15/15 Quinnipiac and Princeton.
Saturday night started off with a scoreless first period that gave way to a three-goal second where the Crimson took a 2-1 lead to the second intermission. Princeton got on the board first at 6:45 when Josh Teves shot bounced off the back boards and in front of the goal where it was redirected into the net off a Crimson defender.
Princeton held the 1-0 advantage for over 11 minutes, but Harvard scored twice within 59 seconds to take the lead. The Crimson's first tally came at 17:52 when Luke Esposito intercepted a pass as Princeton was trying to clear the puck. He then found Jake Horton to the left of the net for a quick deke around a defender and a sweeping shot that evaded the Princeton netminder for the equalizer. A holding penalty on the Tigers then gave Harvard its fourth power play of the game. Streamlined passing through the Princeton defense by the power play unit led to Adam Fox lining up a shot from dead on and lacing it into the top left corner to give Harvard the 2-1 advantage. The goal was Fox's second of the year with Alexander Kerfoot and Tyler Moyearning the assists.
The third period saw Princeton even the score at 2-2 at 3:02 on Jackson Cressey's fourth of the year, before Kerfoot responded 1:12 later with his seventh of the season to give Harvard the lead for good. Kerfoot set the goal up almost entirely himself, skating from the blue line, down to the end boards and back out where a quick give-and-go with Ryan Donato set up a laser of a wrister that beat Phinney. Seb Lloyd and Donato would add the empty netters in the final minute to cap the victory.
Harvard heads out on the road for its next three games, all against ECAC foes. The Crimson visit Rensselaer and Union next weekend, before a midweek excursion to Dartmouth Jan. 17.