Alexander Kerfoot and the Crimson shutout Princeton Saturday, 3-0 (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Goaltending stood out Saturday evening at Hobey Baker Rink, as the two netminders allowed only one shot to get through all night while manning their posts. To Harvard's advantage, that shot, as well as two empty netters, was a redirection in the first period by senior Jimmy Vesey, giving Harvard (4-1-1, 4-1-1 ECAC) a 3-0 victory over Princeton (1-5-0, 0-5-0 ECAC).
Sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen made a career-high 38 saves to clinch his second shutout of the season in three starts. On the other end, Princeton's Colton Phinney made 39 saves in the loss.
As a team, Harvard recorded its most shots on goal thus far with 42. Vesey led the way with nine himself, while Alexander Kerfoot had five. Power plays were even both ways, with neither team converting on three man-up opportunities.
Vesey got the Crimson on the board 5:47 into the contest with his fifth of the season. Alexander Kerfoot won a faceoff to the right of Phinney, pulling it back to Desmond Bergin. Bergin moved the puck parallel with the blue line before winding up and firing a blast towards the net. Battling in front, Vesey was able to redirect the puck past Phinney. The goal was Vesey's 61st of his career, moving him into a tie for 13th on the Harvard all-time scoring list with Gene Kinasewich '64.
That tally, less than six minutes into the game, would be the lone goal until the final minute of the game. Both offenses continued to generate opportunities throughout the contests, racking up a combined 80 shots on goal.
Princeton, sensing that its last chances were upon it, pulled Phinney with a minute left in the game and junior Clay Anderson promptly scored from the opposite end of the ice on the open net. The Tigers' goal remained empty and Kerfoot tacked on another goal to bring the final score to 3-0. Vesey earned the primary assist on the goal, with Madsen recording his first career point with the secondary assist.
Harvard has now won five-straight games against the Tigers over the last three seasons. The Crimson will take next weekend off from competition before heading out to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Shillelagh Tournament Nov. 27-28. Harvard will take on the host Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 and then face either Rensselaer or Western Michigan the next day at 4 p.m.