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Third-period outburst lifts Harvard past UNH
Harvard struck for a pair of quick goals late in the third period to take command on the way to a 6-3 win over No. 20-ranked New Hampshire in front of 4,661 on Tuesday night at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats, who had a six-game win streak snapped at Providence on Saturday night, evened up their record at 7-7-1. Harvard improved to 4-5-1.
Sophomore Kyle Criscuolo put the puck toward the crease from behind the red line and it deflected off UNH goalie Jeff Wyer and into the net to make it 4-3 with 6:52 to play.
Tommy O’Regan blasted a shot past Wyer from close range with 6:11 left for 5-3.
“The fifth one was pathetic coverage on our part,” Umile said. “Guy out front, by himself.”
Patrick McNally’s shorthanded, empty-net goal finished the scoring.
The Wildcats move on to a series at Colorado College. They play the Tigers, who are 1-8-2, on Friday and Saturday nights.
Down 3-2 to open the third period, the Wildcats tied it on a power play goal by senior forward Dalton Speelman. Speelman poked away during a scramble in front of the net and eventually got the puck past Girard.
Harvard jumped in front with a pair of goals in the first half of the second period.
Freshman Luke Esposito opened the scoring at 3:36 of the period and Criscuolo converted a pass from McNally for 2-0 at 9:23.
Sophomore Dan Correale scored the first with a highlight-film move to get around a defender, move in tight on Girard and lift a shot over him and under the crossbar with 4:01 left in the second period.
Harvard took the lead right back just over a minute later. Freshman Alexander Kerfoot broke through the middle and got in alone on Wyer and took a shot that broke through the goalie’s pads and into the net.
Harvard’s Esposito comes from a long line of hockey players. Perhaps not the line that first comes to mind, though. His uncle is Mark Messier, the former Oiler, Ranger and Canuck standout who won six Stanley Cups. . . . Colorado College has struggled to score goals. The Tigers have just 15 goals in their 11 games. They have given up 31.