Offense on Exhibit in 7-4 Win for Harvard Men’s Hockey

Greiner scored the Crimson's second goal and the eventual game-winner (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Luke Greiner, Alex Killorn and Conor Morrison scored two goals each to lead the Harvard men's hockey team to a 7-4 win in an exhibition game against Western Ontario Friday night at Bright Hockey Center.

The Crimson scored five goals in the game's first 26 minutes to build a 5-0 lead. The Mustangs cut the advantage to one, but Harvard held Western scoreless in the third period and added two power-play goals to seal the win.

Morrison led all players with four points, while Killorn had three and Marshall Everson also scored. Alex Fallstrom and newcomers Patrick McNally and Tommy O'Regan logged two assists each. Raphael Girard played half the game in goal, stopping 15 of 16 shots. Harvard was 4 for 9 on the power play and outshot Western, 43-31.

Everson logged the unofficial first goal of 2011-12 for the Crimson. After Fallstrom banked the puck off the boards, Everson outraced the Mustangs to it and got a shot past Alain Valiquette less than five minutes into the game. Greiner doubled the lead at the 10:50 mark, redirecting in Danny Fick's point shot, with O'Regan also assisting.

Killorn made it 3-0 with a goal from the slot on the power play after passes from Danny Biega and Morrison. Harvard outshot Western, 18-13, in the end-to-end first period.

The margin grew to 5-0 early in the second period, on Morrison's power-play tally from Fallstrom and Killorn, followed by Greiner's second, with O'Regan and Brendan Rempel assisting.

Western got back in the game quickly, with goals by Shaun and Jason Furlong and another by Tyler Peters. Kevin Baker scored a bad-angle shot on a power play to trim the Crimson's edge to a single goal in the waning seconds of the frame. The Mustangs held a 10-9 shots edge in the second.

Harvard peppered Valiquette with 16 third-period shots. The Western goalie stopped 14 and finished with 36 saves. Steve Michalek saved all eight Western shots in the period, overcoming an 81-second two-man disadvantage, to total 12 stops. Morrison gave the Crimson some breathing room with his power-play goal at the 9:23 mark and, along with McNally, assisted on Killorn's man-advantage goal less than four minutes later.

The Crimson opens the regular season Nov. 4 against Princeton.