Fresh Start: Rookies, Richter Lead Harvard Past No. 8 Quinnipiac

Richter (left) made 31 saves over the final two periods (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Three freshmen scored goals—with two registering the first points of their careers—and junior Kyle Richter made 36 saves to help the Harvard men’s hockey team start the second semester with a 3-1 win against No. 8 Quinnipiac Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center.

Luke Greiner and David Valek had their first career tallies, while Louis Leblanc netted his fourth goal to help Harvard (2-8-2, 2-5-2 ECAC Hockey) knock off the first-place Bobcats (13-4-1, 7-3-0) and end a 10-game winless streak. Danny Biega recorded his first career point with an assist to help the Crimson improve to 7-1 all-time at home against the Bobcats. Chad Morin played in his 100th career game.

Quinnipiac held a 37-23 shots advantage and got 20 saves from Dan Clarke.

Greiner’s first career goal was the only score of the opening period and came at 9:54. After getting the puck in his own end from Ryan Grimshaw, Colin Moore carried the puck over the offensive blue line and ripped a slap shot wide left. The rebound came to Greiner on the left wing, and his slapper got past a scrambling Clarke and into the net. Harvard held an 8-5 edge in shots in the period.

The Bobcats outshot the Crimson, 15-8, in the second period, but Harvard again had the period’s only tally. Leblanc recorded the power-play marker at 6:50. Classmate Alex Fallstrom started the play by banking a pass back to Chris Huxley at the left point. The defenseman then found Leblanc for a redirection below the left circle.

Quinnipiac needed fewer than three minutes to halve the Harvard lead in the third period. Yuri Bouharevich buried a rebound after Richter stopped Greg Holt’s point shot. Spencer Heichman then nearly tied the game on a breakaway, but Richter made the save of the game, one of his 16 in the period, to keep the Crimson on top. Quinnipiac held a 17-7 advantage in third-period shots and pulled Clarke for an extra skater but could not net an equalizer before Valek sealed the win with 44 seconds remaining. Danny and Alex Biega got the puck ahead to Valek, and he backhanded a shot into the empty net from the neutral zone.