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Quinnipiac Tops Harvard Men's Hockey, 3-1

Kroshus scored his third goal of the season to tie the game in the second period (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men's hockey team held a 35-20 shots advantage, but Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell stopped 34 of those Crimson shots to lead the Bobcats to a 3-1 win Wednesday night at the Bright Hockey Center. 

With the teams skating at a fast up-and-down pace and crashing the nets in the second period, junior Eric Kroshus knotted the game at 1-1 when he pounced on a loose puck in the slot after Alex Killorn stole it and fired it off the side of the net from the right corner.

On a night that saw the Crimson control the shot charts, the bounces went Quinnipiac's way. Three minutes after the Kroshus goal, the Bobcats answered. John Dunbar centered the puck off a Crimson defender's skate and found the back of the net, giving Quinnipiac a 2-1 advantage. Jeremy Langlois assisted on the eventual game-winner. Harvard outshot Quinnipiac, 14-7, in the period.

Early into the third period, a too-many-men penalty on the Crimson allowed the Bobcats to pad their lead. Mike Dalhuisen intercepted a clearing attempt, and two quick passes later, Langlois buried the puck into the net at the 16:14 mark for his second point of the night and a 3-1 lead. With two more penalties in the period, the deficit and the play of Hartzell proved too much for the Crimson to overcome, despite a 13-3 edge in third-period shots.

Kyle Richter made 17 saves for the Crimson. Harvard was scoreless on four power plays, while Quinnipiac went 1 for 4.

Although the first period started with the teams feeling each other out, Quinnipiac seized control nine minutes into the game, when Connor Jones capitalized on a turnover to find brother Kellen, who fed Clay Harvey for a one-timer at the left post to put Quinnipiac up, 1-0.

Harvey's goal energized each team, as the rest of the period saw the teams trading hits and scoring opportunities. Quinnipiac outshot Harvard, 10-8, in the frame, with Richter making several key stops.