Kyle Criscuolo recorded his 100th career point Friday with the game-winning goal (Gil Talbot).
HAMILTON, N.Y. – In a back-and-forth offensive battle early on, the No. 9/8 Harvard men's hockey team (10-4-3, 6-3-3) outlasted Colgate (7-15-2, 3-7-2) Friday for a 4-2 victory in the final regular season meeting at Starr Rink between the two schools Friday night.
With Colgate set to open up The Class of '65 Arena next year, Starr Rink, the home of Raiders' hockey since 1959, is in its final year of operation and Harvard made sure to come away with a victory in what could very well be its final game at the venue. Senior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo scored on the power play on a tip-in play at 11:39 of the 2nd period to give Harvard a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish. The game-winning goal marked Criscuolo's 100th point of his career.
Opening minutes of Friday's game were fast and furious, with three goals going up on the board in the first 7:30. Harvard got the scoring going at 3:04 when Sean Malone cleaned up a rebound on a Colin Blackwell attempt for his fourth of the season. Blackwell charged hard to the net and seemed to be taken down, but Malone was on the doorstep to jam in the rebound off the pad of the Colgate netminder, Charlie Finn.
Mike Borkowski evened the score up for the Raiders at 4:45, his 10th of the year from Mike Panowyk and Darcy Murphy. Harvard regained the lead at 7:30 when Alexander Kerfoot netted his fourth this season during 4-on-4 hockey. Tyler Moy made a great individual effort to get the puck in front of Finn, firing an initial shot that deflected in the air and Kerfoot crashed the net and swatted it into the mesh.
The scoring continued into the opening minute of the second frame, as Borkowski tallied his second of the night 36 seconds into the action. Madsen made the leg pad save on the first shot attempt by Brett Corkey, but the puck found Borkowski at the opposite face-off dot for the shot into the open side of the net.
Harvard's power play helped it take the upper hand after the midpoint of the period. Victor Newell set up Colin Blackwell for a one-timer from the left point that Kyle Criscuolo deflected past Finn to make it 3-2 Harvard.
The Crimson tacked on an insurance goal in the final minute when Criscuolo provided an assists on Jimmy Vesey's empty-netter at 19:17 to make it a 4-2 game. The goal was Vesey's team-high 14 this season.
Next Up for Harvard is a matchup with Cornell at Lynah Rink Saturday night at 7 p.m.