Vermont Downs Harvard Men’s Hockey, 3-1, in Catamount Cup Finale

Vermont Downs Harvard Men’s Hockey, 3-1, in Catamount Cup Finale

Killorn, an all-tournament pick, scored for the second straight game and extended his point streak to seven games (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan). Scroll down to view video of the score.

BURLINGTON, Vt.—Rob Madore made 28 saves to lead host Vermont to a 3-1 victory against the Harvard men's hockey team in the final game of the Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup Sunday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Madore made 23 of his saves over the last two periods, and the Catamounts (3-10-4) took control by scoring two goals during four-on-four play in the second period. Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Crimson (3-9-0), won 14 of his 22 faceoffs and was named to the all-tournament team. Kyle Richter made 25 saves for Harvard.

The Crimson held a 29-28 advantage in shots and a 38-28 edge in faceoffs. Harvard killed all five UVM power plays and finished 1 for 3 with the man advantage.

The teams played a scoreless opening period, with seven shots credited to Vermont and five to Harvard. The Catamounts could not convert on two power plays and got their best chance about nine minutes in, when Richter made a pad save on a Chris McCarthy shot.

Harvard threatened with five minutes left in the period, but Madore reached down low to snag a Michael Biega slot from the slot. Madore kept the game scoreless through the halfway point of the second period, despite strong Harvard forechecking in the early part of the frame. He robbed Marshall Everson with a pad save after Colin Moore picked off a UVM pass and found Everson with a nifty backhand feed.

UVM defenseman Kevan Miller started the scoring at 12:30 of the second period with a slap shot from outside the right circle. Kyle Medvec added another four-on-four goal for Vermont less than three minutes before the end of the period to go up by two goals despite a 13-10 shots edge for the Crimson in the second.

The third period was nearly five minutes old when Medvec's shot from the left side bounced off Richter's shoulder and Connor Brickley banged in the puck out of the air for a 3-0 UVM lead. Harvard looked to answer in the following minutes, but Madore made several key saves and no penalty shot was called when Alex Killorn was hauled down from behind on a breakaway.

Killorn got the Crimson on the board with a power-play goal at 12:25 of the period. From the right circle, he launched a one-timer over Madore's right shoulder off a pass from Danny Biega, who got the puck at the point from Chris Huxley. The Catamounts later had a would-be goal by Josh Burrows disallowed when video replay showed Brickley tripping Richter.

Madore and Vermont hung on through the hard-hitting final minutes, and each side totaled 11 third-period shots.