Danny Biega Tricks Colgate in 6-2 Win for Harvard Mens Hockey
Danny Biega has scored multiple goals in Harvard's last two home games (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Defenseman Danny Biega scored three of Harvard's six goals as the Crimson men's hockey team scored in the last minute of each period and defeated Colgate, 6-2, Friday night at Bright Hockey Center.
Five other players recorded multiple points and Ryan Carroll logged 27 saves for Harvard, which took control with four straight goals after Colgate scored first. Alex Fallstrom, Alex Killorn and Conor Morrison also scored. Chris Huxley had three assists. Morrison, Michael Biega and Marshall Everson each registered two helpers.
Danny Biega posted his first collegiate hat trick and Harvard's second of the season, following up brother Michael's three-goal effort Jan. 7 against Brown. Danny now has now registered 10 points on five goals and five assists in the last eight games.
The first goal was Biega's most important, as it came just 13 seconds after Robbie Bourdon gave the Raiders a first-period edge, snatching back the momentum for the Crimson. After Alex Killorn won a faceoff and shot wide, he got the puck to Michael Biega in the right corner. Michael's pass took the slightest of deflections off the stick of Morrison found Danny in the high slot, and the sophomore scored from there, eight minutes into the opening frame.
Fallstrom gave Harvard the lead for good with a minute left in the period, following a great setup from Everson. John Caldwell played the puck from his own defensive zone, off the boards and around a forechecker to Everson. The winger skated up the left side, deep into the offensive zone. He waited until he nearly reached the goal line and slid a perfect pass between Colgate goalie Eric Mihalik and his defenseman, and Fallstrom put buried the shot. Caldwell notched his first collegiate point on the play.
Danny Biega struck again on a power play in the middle of the second period. After Morrison and Killorn worked the puck out of the right corner to Biega at the point, Biega exchanged passes with Huxley and scored through traffic.
The Crimson again scored in the final minute of the period. This time it was Killorn, who took a cross-ice feed from Everson, skated up the right side, danced around a Raider defender and beat relief goaltender Alex Evin for a highlight-reel tally and a 4-1 lead. Evin, who entered after Harvard's third goal, finished with nine saves after Mihalik made 10.
Francois Brisebois got the Raiders back in the game early in the third period, putting away a shot at the right post after Brian Day fired it at the net. Carroll made 10 third-period saves, however, and Morrison sealed the win with an empty-net goal. Danny Biega added another empty-net tally, scoring from his own blue line as the Crimson killed a late penalty.
Harvard scored a power-play goal for the third straight game and killed all three of Colgate's power plays, extending its streak of consecutive kills to 19. Colgate held a 29-25 advantage in shots.