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First Period Surge Powers Men’s Hockey to 5-1 Exhibition Win Over McGill

Luke Greiner notched two goals, including a short-handed effort, against McGill Friday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard offense showed that it was in good form for the 2012-13 season as the Harvard men's hockey team notched three first-period goals in a 5-1 victory over McGill Friday in an exhibition matchup at Bright Hockey Center. Three freshmen in Harvard's highly-touted recruiting class notched goals in the contest.

Things started fast for the home team as the Crimson muscled the Redmen off a number of pucks and put immediate pressure on McGill goalie Hubert Morin. The offensive activity paid off for the hosts at the 5:45 mark when Alex Fallstrom worked a puck across the McGill goalmouth to Dan Ford, who found senior Luke Greiner down low for a one-timer that beat Morin for a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, rookie Desmond Bergin made some noise from the blueline, blasting a shot through a crowd that evaded Morin for a quick 2-0 lead. Conor Morrison and Max Everson picked up assists on the play.

Freshman Brayden Jaw got his name on the scoresheet just 25 ticks later, as he picked up a tip from Petr Placek along the left boards skated in behind the McGill defense and put away a one-on-one opportunity with 7:07 gone in the period. McGill managed to stop the bleeding at the 9:14 mark of the period with its lone goal of the game, but the period ended with the hosts firmly in control.

A penalty that carried over from the first period saw the Crimson start the second with four skaters on the ice, but the offensive pressure was still present, even playing a man down. Greiner, who was hovering around the top of the Harvard zone, picked off a pass from a McGill defenseman and put away his breakaway look for an unassisted, shorthanded goal to give Harvard a commanding 4-1 lead just 1:25 into the middle stanza. Rookie Jimmy Vesey capped the scoring for the day for the Crimson, wristing home a short-range shot off a feed from Colin Blackwell at the 7:27 mark of the second. The Crimson outshot the Redmen 11-5 in the third period, but neither team could manage another goal despite combining for five power-play opportunities.

Harvard goalie Raphael Girard had a solid night in goal, turning aside 17 shots and allowing just the one goal. As a team, Harvard posted 34 shots to McGill's 18 and neither team managed a power-play strike on the evening. Greiner collected a pair of goals in the game while Morrison and Ford both ended with two assists apiece.

The Crimson opens up its regular season at home next Saturday when it welcomes Bentley to Bright for a 7 p.m. game.