HAMILTON, N.Y. – The No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey team (14-5-2, 10-4-2 ECACH) raced out of the gate, scoring three times in the opening frame, setting the tone for a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Colgate (6-14-5, 4-7-2 ECACH).
For the second night in a row, junior goaltender Merrick Madsen stopped all but one of the shots he faced, finishing with 26 saves. Also, for the second-straight night, junior Jake Horton started the scoring for the Crimson, followed by goals by Sean Malone and Tyler Moy.
The Moy goal came on the power play, as the Crimson finished the night 1-for-3 on the man advantage. Colgate was 0-for-1 on the power play.
Horton wasted no time getting the Crimson on the board Saturday night, scoring 3:10 into the first. Taking a pass from Devin Tringale from behind the net, Horton shifted directions quickly and beat Colgate goaltender Charlie Finn with the wraparound.
Harvard doubled its lead at 14:30 on a strong individual effort by Malone. The senior blocked a Colgate shot attempt from the point with his shin pads, sending the puck into the neutral zone, where he outskated two Colgate defenders and finished with a snipe to the top left corner over Finn's shoulder. Malone's 11th of the season and 35th goal of his career came as he skated in his 100th game for the Crimson.
Moy capped the Harvard scoring in the first period with a power play tally. Taking a pass from Adam Fox in the left face-off circle, Moy sleuthed to the center of the zone and fired a wrister through the traffic in front, finding its way to the back of the mesh.
The trio of goals prompted a goalie change for the Raiders, as Colton Point took over duties to start the second period. He stopped 18 shots the rest of the way to keep Harvard from adding to its lead. The lone goal over the final 40 minutes came from Colgate's Willie Brooks at the 6:35 mark of the third. The Raiders pulled their goalie with 1:31 remaining, but could not close the gap.
Harvard will return home to host Dartmouth Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. before meeting Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot Feb. 6.