Harvard Men’s Hockey Earns 4-2 Win Against No. 18 Colgate

Coassin's first goal of the year got Harvard on the board (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).
Coassin's first goal of the year got Harvard on the board (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Steve Michalek made 30 saves for his first career win and four different Crimson players scored goals as the Harvard men's hockey team downed No. 18 Colgate, 4-2, for its first win of the season in a wild game before 2,305 fans Saturday night at Bright Hockey Center.

Freshmen Patrick McNally and Colin Blackwell scored their first career goals for the Crimson (1-2-1, 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey), while Rence Coassin and Alex Killorn also found the net. Harvard scored two power-play goals, and Colgate (6-4-1, 2-2-0) netted one while getting 29 saves from Eric Mihalik.

Dan Ford and David Valek each notched two assists, and Michalek registered his first career point with a helper. Valek and Max Everson each blocked three Colgate shots, while Colin Moore went 7-2 at the faceoff dot. The Crimson outshot the Raiders, 33-32.

With a first-period goal from Robbie Bourdon, Colgate held a one-goal lead heading into a wild second period that featured four goals, three major penalties and 57 combined penalty minutes. Coassin tied the score at 1-1 about four minutes into the period with a shot from the right side after Patrick McNally's shot was blocked.

That's when the penalties picked up. Austin Smith banged in a goal at the 5:24 mark with Harvard down to three skaters after a minor penalty followed by a major. The Crimson, however, killed off the final four minutes of the major while playing without top defenseman Danny Biega.

The Raiders were whistled for two major penalties later in the frame, including a facemasking call that led to a game disqualification for Nick Prokow, and Harvard took advantage. McNally scored from the top of the circles to tie the game, shooting through a Blackwell screen after passes from Killorn and Eric Kroshus.

Killorn put Harvard on top at 17:51 of the third. Michalek left the puck in the corner of the defensive zone for Ford, and the defenseman picked it up, circled behind the net and sent a breakout pass to Killorn. The senior streaked down the left side and snuck a shot through Mihalik for a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.

Blackwell's tally came in the first three minutes of the third period. Ford sent the puck up the wall, and Valek deflected it ahead to Blackwell. The rookie sped around the defense wide on the right side and lifted a shot over Mihalik's shoulder, off two posts and into the goal.

Mihalik made several big saves to keep Colgate close, despite a 14-6 edge in second-period shots for Harvard and a Crimson barrage in the Colgate end early in the third. Michalek, who earlier stopped 12 of the Raiders' 13 power-play shots, responded by keeping Colgate off the board despite 12 third-period shots. The freshman made a number of outstanding saves and did not allow a goal in the game's final 34 minutes.