CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Sean Malone scored twice and dished out an assist, leading the No. 5/6 Harvard men's hockey team (15-5-2, 11-4-2 ECACH) to a 5-2 victory Friday night over Dartmouth (8-12-3, 5-9-2 ECACH).
With the three points, Malone now has 26 points this season, second only to Alexander Kerfoot's 27. The Hobey Baker candidate's 13 goals paces the Crimson. Linemate Luke Esposito finished the game with a goal and assist, while Adam Fox registered a pair of assists to bring his season total to 23 in that category.
Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen notched his 15th win of the season stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced. Fourteen of his saves came in a frantic second period that saw him make five saves in a 20-second span during a Dartmouth power play.
Malone's first of the game marked the only scoring of the first period. The Big Green attempted to clear the puck from its defensive zone, but Clay Anderson stood in the way, regaining possession for the Crimson. He fired an initial shot that was blocked off a defender and back to him, at which point he found Malone cutting towards the far post for a tip-in at 11:36.
Harvard also managed the only goal of the second period, netting a shorthanded tally at 8:06. An aggressive forecheck by Esposito resulted in the puck careening above the head of the goaltender and across the crease to a well-positioned Jake Horton for the easy bat in. The goal was Horton's third goal in as many games. The goal was Harvard's seventh shorthanded strike of the season, tied for second-most in the country.
The third period changed the pace of the game, as five goals were scored and six penalties were called. The first change to the scoresheet came at 1:39 when Malone beat Dartmouth netminder Devin Buffalo for his second of the night as he was being tripped from behind through the middle of the zone. Will Graber got the Big Green on the board at 5:46 with his fourth of the season, but Harvard fired right back with Esposito using his quick hands to redirect a Malone shot past Buffalo at 7:28.
Dartmouth's next goal came on the power play, as Horton was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 7:47. Josh Hartley took advantage and netted his first of the season at 8:02. The Crimson, though, got an insurance goal less than five minutes later, as Alexander Kerfoot used a sharp wrister to beat Buffalo on a 2-on-1 rush.
Harvard will now prepare for its Beanpot semifinal matchup on Monday against Northeastern. The game can be seen live on NESN at 5 p.m.