Criscuolo was one of five Crimson to find the back of the net on Monday in Harvard's 6-2 Consolation win.
BOSTON – Behind a trio of second period goals, the Harvard men's hockey team downed Boston University, 6-2, in the Beanpot Consolation on Monday evening in the TD Garden. Both Luke Esposito and Kyle Criscuolo led the charge, each grabbing three points in the victory over the Terriers, the Crimson's (8-12-3, 4-9-3 ECAC) fourth consecutive win over its crosstown rival BU (8-16-4, 3-8-3 HEA).
In total, five Harvard skaters found the back of the net on the day, sparking another high-scoring affair with its familiar Hockey East foe; the Crimson has tallied at least six goals in four consecutive games against the Terriers dating back to last season, all coming in victories. For his part between the pipes, junior Steve Michalek kept BU in check, padding away 25-of-27 shots to earn the win, his third of the season.
Even though Harvard applied much of the pressure in the early going, sending five shots on goal in the first seven minutes, it was BU that got an early jump on the Crimson. Evan Rodrigues made good on a Robbie Baillargeon feed, putting home a one-timer past Michalek to put the Terriers out in front midway through the first.
After the puck was dropped to start the second, Harvard got back to pressuring Sean Maguire and the BU defense. Just 1:18 into the frame, the Crimson got things rolling in style with a quick goal. Freshman Luke Esposito kicked things off, saucering a pass up to Criscuolo, who fired a slapshot from the right circle to even the ledger.
Not two minutes later, Brian Hart gave Harvard its first lead, going five-hole on Maguire right in front of the net. The sophomore collected and capitalized on an excellent feed from Jimmy Vesey to put the Crimson up 2-1 early in the second. Just mere minutes later, Esposito made it 3-1 with an easy put-back from the middle of the zone after Max Everson fired a laser on target from the blue line that bounced off Maguire's chest. The three scores marked the third straight game Harvard has found the back of the net three times in the second period.
After Ahti Oksanen beat Michalek high above the shoulder stick-side to bring the Terriers within one at 3-2, Esposito was credited with his second goal of the game in wild fashion. The freshman, looking to wrap around the net, sent a cross-ice pass that was tipped in by BU's Patrick MacGregor, right over Maguire's glove to extend the Crimson's lead back to two. Assists on the play were given to Criscuolo and Everson, their third and second points of the night, respectively.
The Crimson plucked another score, extending its lead to 5-2 with an empty netter by Vesey, who sent one in from the defensive zone after collecting a BU pass deflected by Sean Malone. After senior Anthony Moccia came on to replace Maguire with under two minutes left, Tyler Moy tipped in a Victor Newell blue-line rocket to give the Crimson lead and a final score of 6-2.
Harvard returns to the ice this weekend with a road trip to the North Country for ECAC action, squaring off with Clarkson and St. Lawrence with crucial conference points on the line.