Jimmy Vesey scored three goals in a 4:55 span in the third period to lead Harvard to the 3-2 win over St. Lawrence (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – Entering the third period facing a 1-0 deficit, senior co-captain Jimmy Vesey produced his first career hat trick to lead the No. 7/8 Harvard men's hockey team (9-3-3, 5-2-3 ECAC) to a 3-2 victory over No. 18 St. Lawrence (10-9-2, 4-4-1 ECAC) Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The hat trick was the first for a Crimson skater since Alexander Kerfoot scored three times at Boston College, Nov. 11, 2014. It was the first natural hat trick for a Harvard player since Michael Biega '11 did it against Brown, Jan. 7, 2011. The trio of goals, over a 4:55 span in the third, was the first of Vesey's career after scoring two goals in a game 11 times during his career.
Wiley Sherman earned the assist on Vesey's first goal at 3:53 of the third, which proved to be an impressive individual effort. Receiving the pass from Sherman along the right boards, Vesey proceeded to skate around the net, back out in front, weaving through skaters from both teams before attacking the St. Lawrence goal and flipping a backhand over the shoulder of Kyle Hayton, the Saints' goaltender.
Vesey's linemates got in on the action during the second goal at 6:15. Using their speed, the Crimson's top line pushed up ice with precision with Kyle Criscuolo hitting Alexander Kerfoot up the left side, Kerfoot passing cross ice to Vesey and the senior finishing the play off with a wrister past Hayton.
Pressure in the offensive zone led to the third goal, as St. Lawrence attempted to clear by bouncing the puck off the glass, but it stayed in the zone as Vesey pulled it down with his glove, whipped by a St. Lawrence defensemen and sealed the hat trick with a forehand goal right in front of Hayton.
St. Lawrence did its best to close the gap, making it a one-goal game with 1:31 left to play on a Sean McGovern goal, but the Crimson defense withstood the final charge to earn the victory and the two points in the conference standing. Harvard has 13 points, tied for third with Cornell and one behind Rensselaer.
The only goal through the first 40 minutes came at 14:24 of the second when Joe Sullivan scored his fifth of the year. Both power plays were held in check, as St. Lawrence went 0-for-3 and Harvard 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
Harvard returns to the ice at Bright-Landry Saturday night, hosting Clarkson in a 7 p.m. tilt that can be seen on ESPN3.
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