No. 15 Union Takes Season Opener from Harvard Men’s Hockey, 2-1

No. 15 Union Takes Season Opener from Harvard Men’s Hockey, 2-1

Richter (33) eyes a second-period shot from Presizniuk (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Union defenseman Greg Coburn scored a power-play goal to break a third-period tie and lift No. 15 Union to a 2-1 win in the season opener for the Harvard men's hockey team Friday night at Bright Hockey Center.

The Dutchmen (6-1-2, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey), playing their ninth overall game but opening league play, overcame 33 saves by Kyle Richter, a tying goal by Danny Biega earlier in the third period and a loud opening-night crowd of 2,374. Keith Kinkaid made 15 saves to record the win.

The winning tally came off the offensive-zone faceoff following a Harvard penalty. Adam Presizniuk won the faceoff from the left dot to John Simpson on the left point. He passed across to Coburn, who boomed a one-timer through traffic for his third goal of the season.

The goal came on one of just four power plays in the game. Union was 1 for 3 with the man advantage, while Harvard (0-1-0, 0-1-0) was unsuccessful on its only chance. Rence Coassin led the Crimson with three shots on goal.

The first period was short on whistles, both for penalties and for goals. Neither team earned a power play, but the Dutchmen managed 11 shots on goal, all of which were turned away by Richter.

The game had nearly reached its midpoint when the Dutchmen netted the first goal. Kelly Zajac took a pass from Josh Jooris in the left corner and got the puck across the crease to Adam Presizniuk. Richter stopped Presizniuk's shot, but Zajac skated into the slot to put away the rebound. Richter added another 11 saves in the period, as Union held a 12-5 shots edge.

The Crimson picked up its play in the third period. Colin Moore delivered a huge hit on Cole Ikkala early in the frame, and Richter slid right-to-left to snag a great Josh Jooris chance. Richter finished with 11 saves for the third straight period.

Biega erased the Crimson's deficit nine minutes into the period. Daniel Moriarty caused an offensive zone turnover, waited for Biega to get open and found him with a pass from the left corner to the top of the right circle. Biega had one shot knocked down but corralled the rebound and shot the puck off Kinkaid's stick and in from behind the goal line.