Mens Hockey Beats No. 16, First-Place Union, 4-3
Richter stopped the first 26 shots he faced (photo courtesy Jim Rosvold).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Alex Killorn scored two goals and Kyle Richter made 31 saves to lead the Harvard men's hockey team to a 4-3 win against No. 16 Union Saturday night at Bright Hockey Center, completing a regular-season sweep of the first-place Dutchmen.
Alex Fallstrom logged a goal and an assist and David Valek also scored to help the Crimson (7-15-3, 7-8-3 ECAC Hockey) build a 4-0 lead. Union scored three times in the final six minutes, including two Mike Schreiber goals with an extra attacker in the last 31 seconds. Corey Milan made 22 saves for the Dutchmen, who held a 34-26 edge in shots.
Richter made 11 of his saves on Union's six power plays, allowing one power-play goal. Harvard was 1 for 3 with the man advantage. The Crimson improved its record to 30-5-3 all-time against Union, 16-2-1 against the Dutchmen at Bright and 20-1-0 in February home games under Ted Donato '91, the Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey.
After grinding through a scoreless first period, the Crimson offense came alive with three goals on 14 shots in the second. Fallstrom started the scoring at 1:41, beating Milan with a shot from the right boards after Sam Bozoian picked off a Union clearing attempt and Luke Greiner's shot went wide. Rence Coassin got Harvard started on its second goal, blocking a Union shot to send Pier-Olivier Michaud on a rush all the way to the other end. Valek put away the rebound after Milan's pad stop on Michaud.
Killorn made it 3-0 at 14:50. He took the puck from Ian Tallett at center ice and dumped it into the right corner. Michael Biega got there to collect it and dished to Killorn in front. The sophomore netted his second goal, the eventual winner, on a power play just past the midway point of the third period. He put a slap shot over Milan's glove from the left circle after Fallstrom got the puck from Conor Morrison and threaded a great pass across the ice to Killorn.
Mario Valery-Trabucco got Union started about four minutes later, banging home a power-play goal off a pass out of the corner. Harvard survived a six-on-four advantage in the closing minutes but could not clear the zone before Schreiber got a shot through traffic and in. He put in a second tally from the left post with 3.4 seconds left, but the Dutchmen could not get off a shot following the ensuing faceoff.