Men’s Hockey Remains Unbeaten, Races Past Brown, 6-2

Tyler Moy scored his first two goals of the season Friday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Tyler Moy scored the first two goals Friday night, junior Brian Hart added two more and senior Patrick McNally provided three assists, as the Harvard men's ice hockey team improved to 3-0-2, 2-0-2 ECAC with a 6-2 trouncing of Brown (1-3-0, 0-3-0 ECAC).

Harvard is unbeaten through its first five games for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign when it began the year 4-0-1. The scoring was spread throughout the Crimson lineup against the Bears, but the familiar names from the top line, Jimmy Vesey, Kyle Criscuolo and Alexander Kerfoot each recorded a point and extended their point streaks to five games, career-highs for each. Senior co-captain Max Everson, the owner of 12 career assists, recorded his first goal in a Harvard uniform in the third period Friday. Steve Michalek finished with 33 saves, earning the win in goal. Harvard's special teams units were 3-for-4 on the power play and also scored on the penalty kill for the first time this year.

The Crimson wasted little time getting on the board, as Moy capitalized on his first goal of the season at 1:50 in the opening frame. In the defensive zone, Moy blocked a shot coming from the blue line and then started the rush into the offensive end. Freshman Jake Horton notched his first collegiate point, as his pass from the red line found Moy streaking through Brown zone where he beat Tyler Steel five-hole. 

Harvard's penalty kill, which has been perfect all season in killing penalties, and improved to 19-for-19 to begin the year, helped itself out at 14:21, when Moy notched his second of the game a man down. Kerfoot and McNally worked the puck up the boards entering the Brown zone. From the left face-off dot, Kerfoot dropped the puck back to McNally who shifted it over to a streaking Moy down the right slot, rifling it into the back of the net for a 2-0 Crimson advantage. The shorthanded goal was the first for the Crimson since Jan. 17, 2014, when Devin Tringale scored against Cornell a man down.

The power play unit came on strong in the second period, scoring goals on both up its man-up advantages. The first came at 2:20 in the stanza when McNally started a rush from behind the Crimson goal, with Criscuolo and Vesey streaking up the left side. Deep in the Brown zone, Vesey slid a pass in front of the goal that Criscuolo redirected past Steel for the third Harvard goal of the game.

Harvard's second power play tally came with just under five minutes left before the second intermission, with Hart pocketing his first of the night. With the puck slipping out of the attacking zone, Clay Anderson regrouped and sent a cross-ice pass to McNally to re-enter the Brown zone onside. McNally pushed his way through the zone and drifted a pass directly in front of Steel where Hart, with a defender draped over him, pushed the puck over the goal line.

Brown came out with a sense of urgency in the third period, recording its first goal of the period off the stick of Matt Harlow at 3:42 to get the Bears within three, 4-1. Harvard fired right back with its third power play goal of the night at 7:19 when Everson rocketed a shot from the left point that trickled its way through Steel's equipment and into the cage to extend the lead back to four goals.

The Bears closed the gap to three again at 8:21, with Matt Lorito collecting a loose puck in front of the Crimson goal before wiring a shot in. At 5-2, Harvard kept the pressure on and pushed its lead back up to four at 13:30. Desmond Bergin ripped a shot just wide that bounced back off the boards and found the stick of Tringale who sent it towards the net. In front, Brian Hart reeled it in and beat Steel for his second of the night and fourth of the year.

Harvard, which has scored 12 goals over its last two games, is back at Bright-Landry Hockey Center facing rival Yale at 7 p.m. Saturday night.