Killorn netted Harvard's first power-play goal of the season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Alex Killorn scored the game's only goal with 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation to carry the Harvard men's hockey team past No. 18 Rensselaer for the Crimson's first win of the season Saturday night at Bright Hockey Center.
Kyle Richter made 19 saves to record his sixth career shutout, as Harvard (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) snapped a seven-game RPI unbeaten streak, which had been tied for the nation's longest. Allen York made 22 saves for Rensselaer (4-2-3, 1-1-0), as the Crimson owned a 23-19 edge in shots.
The goal came on a power play after Chase Polacek was whistled for interference with 77 seconds remaining. Conor Morrison intercepted an RPI clear at the right point and, when a crowd encircled him, pushed the puck far enough forward for Michael Biega to collect it. The senior heard Killorn call for the puck and slipped a pass between his own skates and those of a defender. With Danny Biega joining the rush for a two-on-one, Killorn tucked a shot under the right arm of York.
Just minutes earlier, the Crimson pulled off a key penalty kill, its fifth of the night. Harvard limited the Engineers to four shots on the man-advantage chances and single-digit overall shot totals in each period.
Neither team found the net in the opening period despite two power plays for each squad. Harvard held a 6-5 edge in shots on goal, led by two shots from Killorn.
Each team logged six shots in the scoreless second period. The Engineers survived a great chance from the Crimson when York stopped Dan Ford's high shot from the point and then got a pad on Michael Biega's backhand rebound attempt. On the other end, RPI defenseman Nick Bailen had a loud miss when he rung a slap shot off the post.
The Crimson played a strong third period, outshooting Rensselaer, 11-8. York stopped Ford on a rush early in the frame and withstood several other good chances as the period continued. He barely got his toe on a Daniel Moriarty backhand earlier in the power play before Killorn's game-winner.