Fast start helps Harvard earn win at Colgate

Fast start helps Harvard earn win at Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. – A fast start and timely saves by senior goaltender Michael Lackey (29 saves) helped Harvard men's ice hockey (8-6-3, 5-5-2 ECAC Hockey) earn a 2-1 win at Colgate (6-14-2, 3-5-2 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday afternoon at Class of 1965 Arena.

First-year forward Jack Drury scored a power play goal at 2:50 of the opening period, and junior forward Colton Kerfoot added a second period goal that proved to be the difference.

Holding a one-goal lead with just over a minute to play, Harvard killed off 1:14 of power play time for the home team to seal the win, with Lackey making several key stops late.

Drury got Harvard on the board as the Crimson converted an early power play chance in the opening period. After a faceoff win, defenseman Adam Fox fired a shot on net from straightaway, and Drury tipped the puck past Benson at 2:50.

The Crimson had several great scoring chances throughout the second period, and converted on one of them midway through the frame to take a two goal lead. Kerfoot put the Crimson up 2-0 as first-year Jack Rathbone's shot from the point deflected off his skate at 11:56 of the second period.

At the other end, Lackey continued his impressive play of late, stopping a chance from Colgate's John Snodgrass from in close at the 17:00 mark of the middle frame to keep Harvard's lead at two heading into the break.

The Raiders got one back to make it a one-goal game at 11:56 of the third period, with Willie Brooks scoring for Colgate. But Harvard held off the home team the rest of the way. 

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year forward Jack Drury scored his sixth goal of the season, a power play goal. He is fourth (1.00 points per game) the in the nation among freshmen in scoring (per game).
  • First-year defenseman Jack Rathbone notched an assist on Colton Kerfoot's goal. Three Harvard defensemen – including Rathbone (3-7-10) – are among The Crimson's top six scorers, with Adam Fox(assist, 7-17-24) and Reilly Walsh (assist, 5-10-15) also picking up points tonight.
  • Senior goaltender Michael Lackey (29 saves) allowed two goals or less for the 11th time in his last 13 starts.

Game Notes

  • Harvard finished the night 1-for-1 on the power play, and leads the nation in power play percentage (21-for-59, 35.6%).
  • The Crimson finished the night 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, its sixth perfect night on the PK this season.
  • Harvard outshot Colgate 35-30 for the night.