CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Seniors Pier-Olivier Michaud, Michael Biega and Michael Del Mauro celebrated their final collegiate home game with goals to help the Harvard men's hockey team close the regular season by downing St. Lawrence, 4-3, Saturday on Senior Night at Bright Hockey Center.
The win was the 100th in the coaching career of Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. He joined Harvard legend Bill Cleary '56 (324 wins), Hockey Hall of Famer Ralph "Cooney" Weiland (315) and Ronn Tomassoni (140) as the only 100-game-winners in program history.
Senior goaltender Ryan Carroll made 32 saves, and Chris Huxley, Harvard's other senior skater, logged an assist. The Crimson (9-19-1, 7-14-1 ECAC Hockey) won for the fifth time in six games, finished 10th in the league and will visit seventh-seeded Clarkson for a first-round playoff series next weekend in Potsdam, N.Y.
Conor Morrison logged two assists, and Marshall Everson scored the Crimson's other goal, his second of the weekend. It was the third of a series of four Harvard scores in less than nine minutes after the Saints (10-19-5, 6-15-1) netted the game's first goal.
Harvard held a 37-35 shots advantage. Jared Keller assisted on each of St. Lawrence's two power-play goals, and David Grilk made 30 saves. The game was followed by a ceremony honoring seniors (pictured, left to right) Kyle Richter, Biega, Del Mauro, Huxley, Matt McCollem, Michaud and Carroll.
The Saints capitalized on their lone power play of the first period, when Peter Child put a slap shot from the left point into the left side of the net at 3:34. The Crimson could not take advantage of two power plays, and each team registered 13 shots in the period.
Harvard owned the early portion of the second period but could not tie despite limiting the Saints to one shot in the first eight minutes of the frame. That changed when Michaud started the senior point parade at the 15:40 mark. Morrison sent a feed across the zone to Michael Biega, whose shot was stopped, and Michaud backhanded in the rebound.
The next Crimson goal came just 21 seconds later, off the stick of Del Mauro. David Valek got the puck from Huxley, took it deep in the SLU zone and sent it back out to Del Mauro in front. The Crimson co-captain put his shot inside the right post for a 2-1 lead. Harvard held a 16-7 shots edge in the period.
Everson struck just 12 seconds into the final frame, breaking up an SLU clear and beating Grilk from the edge of the crease. Biega boomed in the eventual game-winner at 3:57 of the third. Morrison moved the puck ahead to Michaud, who brought in into the zone on the left side and passed across to Biega for a one-timer and a 4-1 lead.
The Saints kept fighting. They cut into the Harvard lead when Aaron Bogosian finished off a nice series of passes on a rush up ice and Greg Carey scored from the right circle on a power play in the final three minutes. Harvard, however, limited St. Lawrence to one shot on net after that. For the period, St. Lawrence owned a 15-8 shots advantage.