The seniors, their families and the Crimson coaching staff celebrated Senior Night after the game.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Freshmen Luke Greiner and Danny Biega scored goals to cut Colgate's lead to one goal, but Alex Evin made 15 third-period saves to lead the Raiders to a 4-2 win after an empty-net goal Saturday night in front of a sellout Senior Night crowd at Bright Hockey Center.
Kyle Richter made 27 saves and logged an assist in two periods of action after John Riley started Senior Night with a strong first period in goal for Harvard (7-17-3, 7-10-3 ECAC Hockey). Riley and fellow seniors Alex Biega, Jack Christian, Chad Morin, Doug Rogers and Ian Tallett were honored in a ceremony following the game, their final regular-season contest at home.
Alex Evin made 38 saves for the Raiders (13-13-6, 10-8-2), who held a 42-40 shots edge. Ten of those shots came during Colgate's five unsuccessful power plays. The Crimson was 1 for 3 with the man advantage, as Danny Biega's tally cut the Raiders' third-period lead to 3-2. Evin and the Raiders held on from there, with Ethan Cox sealing the win on an empty-net goal with 2.7 seconds on the clock.
Austin Smith gave Colgate the lead at 4:40 of the first period, skating across the goalmouth and scoring on the backhand after a pass from David McIntyre in the corner. Harvard, led by several great moves by Alex Killorn that led to scoring chances, picked up its offense after falling behind, but Evin stopped all 11 of the Crimson's first-period shots. Riley had 11 saves.
Brian Day made it 2-0 at 4:26 of the second period, banging the puck into the net after Richter stopped Robbie Bourdon's shot from the left side. Greiner halved the lead in the middle of the period. Richter poked the puck to Greiner, who exchanged passes with Michael Del Mauro to start an odd-man rush, and Greiner finished by roofing a shot over Evin's blocker. Richter allowed the game to go to the intermission at 2-1 with several outstanding saves, including a flurry of stops during a Colgate power play and consecutive diving stops on Kevin McNamara and Smith.
For the second straight night, Harvard created its best offense in the third period but came up short. Jason Williams gave the Raiders a 3-1 edge at 10:40 of the third, stealing the puck in the offensive zone and scoring unassisted. Danny Biega brought the Crimson within one when he intercepted a Colgate clearing attempt and beat Evin with a shot from the top of the circles through an Alex Fallstrom screen.