Princeton Hangs On For 1-0 Win Against Harvard Men’s Hockey

Richter allowed fewer than three goals for the fourth time in five games (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J.—Princeton goalie Mike Condon made 36 saves to make Mike Kramer's goal hold up for a 1-0 win against the visiting Harvard men's hockey team Friday night at Baker Rink.

Condon and the Tigers (4-3-0, 4-1-0 ECAC Hockey, 3-1-0 Ivy League) withstood a 36-35 edge in shots for Harvard (2-3-0, 2-3-0, 0-1-0) and 34 saves by Kyle Richter. Kramer's first-period goal proved to be the difference, as the Crimson could not cash in on heavy pressure late in the third frame.

Harvard's attack peaked with about four minutes remaining, when Danny Biega carried the puck into the offensive zone to start a long shift full of chances by the line of Michael Biega, Alex Killorn and Eric Kroshus. It was not Condon but Brodie Zuk who had the biggest save, going down at the goal line to get a leg on Michael Biega's shot from the right side.

Killorn led Harvard with six shots on goal, while Danny Biega and Kroshus recorded four each.

Harvard put six shots on net during a power play early in the first period, but Condon kept the Crimson off the board. His best stops came in rapid succession on Killorn, stopping the junior's first shot from the right side and diving to get a stick on Killorn's rebound attempt while skating across the low slot.

It was instead the Tigers thtat found the net. Kramer took a feed across the zone from Kevin Ross and buried a shot from the left faceoff circle at the 11:50 mark. Princeton held a 13-11 edge in first-period shots and killed another Harvard power play late in the period to take a 1-0 lead to the intermission.

Harvard picked up its forecheck and created more offense in the second period. Each team logged 15 shots, but neither scored. Condon starred for Princeton, stopping Rence Coassin after the junior came in all alone, defending a deflection from right in front by Daniel Moriarty and making two stops on Marshall Everson. Richter made a big save late in the period, stoning Andrew Calof with his left pad after the freshman made a nifty move through the Crimson zone.

Condon was at his best in the final period, as Harvard outshot Princeton, 10-7. He got the butt end of his stick on a Killorn shot and later survived a bouncing chance after Matt McCollem backhanded the puck on goal from a bad angle and it fluttered in the air above the goal line and was ruled no goal by the referees.