Exceptional Night From Top Line Leads Men’s Hockey to 6-3 Defeat of No. 8/8 Boston College

Alexander Kerfoot had Harvard's first five-point game since 2008 (Gil Talbot).

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Alexander Kerfoot registered a hat trick and two assists, and his linemates, Kyle Criscuolo and Jimmy Vesey, added five more points, as Harvard beat No. 8/8 Boston College 6-3 at Conte Forum Tuesday night. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Eagles dating back to November 7, 2006, and improves the Crimson to 2-0-2 on the year. The Crimson also earned its first win over a top-10 team since Nov. 1, 2013 when it downed No. 10 Rensselaer.

Kerfoot's five-point night set a new career-best and marked the first time a Harvard player has reached that plateau in a game since Dave Watters '08 (3-2-5) did it against Quinnipiac on March 14, 2008. Criscuolo had his first multi-point game of the year, assisting twice and scoring his first goal of the season. Vesey notched a goal in the second and assisted on Kerfoot's final tally, as each member of Harvard's top line has recorded at least one point in each of the Crimson's first four games, career-highs for all three.

Harvard's special teams played well once again, as the Crimson killed off seven penalties to extend its streak to 15 to begin the season. The 15-killed penalties is the longest streak since last January when Harvard killed off 19 straight. Strong goaltending from Steve Michalek, who finished with 23 saves, highlighted the effort from the Crimson's penalty kill.

After forcing Boston College into the first four saves of the game, a pair of penalties pushed the Crimson into two penalty kills in the opening period. Harvard held BC goalless in both, extending their penalty kill streak to 10-for-10.

The Crimson earned a power play with just under six minutes remaining in the first period, and took advantage at the 15:02 mark. Kerfoot scored his second goal of the season after Tyler Moy and Criscuolo found him open on the right side of the Harvard attack. In the final minute of the period, Criscuolo stole an errant Eagles' pass and wristed a top-shelf goal to give Harvard a 2-0 lead.

Boston College pulled a goal back five minutes into the second period after Matthew Gaudreau found the back of the net from the center. The Crimson responded, however, tacking on a third goal at the 14:08 mark when Vesey redirected a pass from Kerfoot. Max Everson was also credited an assist on the play after making a cross-ice pass to Kerfoot.

With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Harvard made it a 4-1 lead when Phil Zielonka poked the puck across the goal line for his first score of the season. Kerfoot started the rush knocking the puck free in the Crimson zone with Criscuolo carrying it into the Eagles' zone. The co-captain fired the puck towards the BC net where Zielonka finished off the play.

The Crimson added a fifth goal in the final period when Kerfoot lofted the puck inside the back post. Desmond Bergin jarred the puck loose in the right corner, allowing Joseph Caffrey to find Kerfoot for the score. The assist gave Caffrey his first-career point.

Boston College added a pair of goals in the third period by Destry Straight and Alex Tuch to close with two, but Kerfoot completed his hat trick with an empty-netter at 19:32 to seal the victory.

Harvard returns to ECAC action this weekend as Brown and Yale visit the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.