Vesey's Two Goals Power No. 14 Men's Ice Hockey Past RPI, 4-0
Freshman Jimmy Vesey leads the Crimson with five goals on the season (Photo: Jordan Graham).
Highlights: Harvard vs. Rensselaer Nov. 10, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jimmy Vesey recorded a game-best two goals, while Brian Hart and Marshall Everson scored one apiece to help the Harvard men's ice hockey team earn a convincing 4-0 victory in an ECAC contest with RPI Saturday night at the Bright Hockey Center.
Vesey's goals marked the fourth and fifth of the season for the rookie left wing. Tommy O'Regan earned his fourth helper of the year, while Alex Fallstrom and Luke Greiner each tallied an assist on Everson's third goal of the season to bring their 2012-13 assist totals to three and two, respectively. Raphael Girard made 24 saves for Harvard (3-2-0, 2-2-0) in his second shutout of the season.
Bryce Merriam registered 34 saves in goal for RPI (1-5-2, 0-4-0). The Engineers racked up six penalties compared to the Crimson's three.
Harvard bombarded the RPI net in the first period, outshooting the Engineers by a 22-5 margin. Luke Greiner had an opportunity off a faceoff nearly seven minutes into the game, but Merriam made a save to keep the score knotted at zero. About four minutes later, the senior won a faceoff and passed the puck to Fallstrom, who found Everson in the front of the net for a tip-in and an early 1-0 advantage.
Later in the frame, Hart skated quickly towards the Crimson net and placed the puck in the top left corner from about 15 feet out to notch his first career goal and give the home team a two-goal cushion with 5:44 remaining until the first intermission.
Harvard continued to pound the RPI net in the second stanza by putting 14 shots on goal. Less than six minutes in, Petr Placek put a hard shot on net that was saved by Merriam. The Engineers' defense broke down with 3:18 to go in the period, when Vesey had time to line up and score on a wide-open shot from outside the circle to extend Harvard's lead to 3-0.
RPI was able to take more shots the second time around (13), but Girard stopped each one. With just over two minutes to go in the period, the Engineers threatened with a flurry of shots, including two from Travis Fulton that were both saved by Girard.
The Crimson defense clamped down in the final period, allowing just six shots on net. As time ticked down, Vesey blocked a shot and outraced the RPI defense to put his own rebound into an empty net and polish off the 4-0 win.
Harvard next travels to Ithaca, N.Y., for match-up with archrival Cornell, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., which will be televised on NBC Sports Network.