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Killorn Nets Two, Richter Stops 41 in Opening Win at Dartmouth

Richter makes a stop in the first period of his winning return to the Crimson (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

HANOVER, N.H.—Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another, all in the second period, to lead the Harvard men’s hockey team to a 5-3 win against Dartmouth in both teams’ season opener Friday night at Thompson Arena. Kyle Richter made 41 saves to win in his return to the Crimson goal crease.

Louis Leblanc, Marshall Everson and Daniel Moriarty each had a goal and an assist to help the Crimson (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey, 1-0-0 Ivy League) improve to 80-27-3 all-time in season openers and 5-0-1 in its last six meetings with its travel partner. Chris Huxley and Michael Biega notched two assists each. Richter made a number of impressive saves to stymie a rally down the stretch by Dartmouth (0-1-0, 0-1-0, 0-1-0). Jody O’Neill finished with 23 saves for the Big Green, which held a 44-28 edge in shots. The Crimson went 2 for 3 on the power play, while the Big Green was 1 for 4.

Harvard controlled the play in the opening period, holding a 13-5 shots advantage, but Dartmouth had the only goal of the frame. O’Neill had the game’s first highlight, robbing Doug Rogers with an incredible glove save following a setup by Conor Morrison. The Big Green offense took advantage soon after, as Rob Smith scored from the left side. Richter matched O’Neill with a brilliant sliding save to stop a two-on-one break about three minutes before the intermission.

It took just 87 seconds for Killorn and the Crimson to tie the game in the second period. Skating up the right side, the sophomore got a pass from Michael Biega and shot across the goal and over the right shoulder of O’Neill. Huxley started the play behind his own net. Dartmouth threatened to tie midway through the period, but Richter again came up big, stoning Jason Bourgea.

Killorn’s second tally came on the power play. He banged a loose puck into the net after Huxley centered it from the left side, and Daniel Moriarty deflected it to the right side where Killorn was waiting. Less than three minutes later, Killorn slipped a pass to Leblanc on the rush, and the rookie rocketed a one-timer under the crossbar on O’Neill’s blocker side for his first Harvard goal.

Early in the third, Everson made it 4-1 with his first collegiate score on the man advantage. He scored from the bottom of the left circle after Leblanc got a feed from Rogers in the corner and tipped it out front. Everson then assisted on the fifth goal, tipping a Chad Morin point shot to Moriarty, who tucked in a backhand. Adam Estoclet later scored on the power play to cut the margin to 5-2 and Joe Gaudet roofed a backhand that was upheld by video review to cut Harvard’s lead to two goals at 13:31. Richter and the Crimson shut the door the rest of the way.