2 ECAC) looked on paper to be dangerous thistime around, the Red Raiders died by a power playit had lived by in Hamilton, N.Y., in upsettingthe Crimson last November.
Colgate drew a blank in eight man-up chances(having converted three of nine in the previousmeeting), and Harvard tallied on its first threeopportunities in extending its unbeaten streak.
Junior Steve Martins again put his best skateforward, catalyzing the special teams with a goaland two assists on the night.
"What can I say--Marty was Marty," Tomassonisaid.
Martins, as dynamic on the ice as he has beenall year, created Harvard's first goal during afive-on-three situation after the Crimson hadweathered two early penalties. From the left-wingcorner, he spotted a wide-open Brian Farrell inthe slot, and the senior flicked the puck pastGates for his 18th goal of the year, tops on theteam.
Only 41 seconds later, at the 7:49 mark of thefirst and still on the power play, Martins turnedsniper, taking advantage of a missed Red Raiderdefensive assignment and rocketing one just underthe crossbar. Gates stood no chance of stoppingwhat proved to be the game-winning goal.
"Toning down my emotions really has helped mefocus on my own play," the oft-penalized Martinsnoted after the game. "The other guys are gettingopen, and mostly its just a matter of findingthem--I had a lot of opportunities tonight."
Colgate stood one chance of getting back intothe game, midway through the second period, whenChris DeProforio cleaned up a rebound in front ofHarvard netminder Aaron Israel and sliced theCrimson lead in half.
But Martins again showed some virtuosopuck-handling, drawing the Red Raider defense withhim down low behind the net and leaving defensemanSean McCann wide open to Gates' left.
The Crimson captain punched his fifteen-footerthrough heavy traffic in the crease, and only 56seconds after DeProforio had given Colgate life,McCann's goal effectively snuffed it.
Junior Cory Gustafson added a third-periodtally on the power play, a backhanded finish of aLou Body (two assists on the night) rebound.
And Israel remained solid all night, stopping32 shots for his largest save total in a game yetthis year--a fact which rankled for McCann.
"It wasn't our best game out there, that waspretty obvious, but at least we played solidly,"McCann said. "What's important is that we didn'thave a complete letdown for these games before weplay B.C. [in the Beanpot Final this Monday], andwe can't afford to because the other ECAC teamsaren't that far behind us."HARVARD, 4-1 at Bright Hockey Center
Colgate 0 1 0 -- 1Harvard 2 1 1 -- 4
Har--Farrell 18 (Martins, McCann) 7:08. (PPG)
Har--Martins 14 (Halfnight, Body) 7:49. (PPG)
Col--DeProfio 12 (Harder, Raffoul) 8:53.
Har--McCann 12 (Martins, Gustafson) 9:49.
Har--Gustafson 17 (Body, Nielsen) 7:55. (PPG)
Saves: Col--Gates 6-5-11-22; Har--Israel11-13-8-32.
Power Play: Col--0 for 8; Har--3 for 5.
Attendance: 2,625.CrimsonD. Eric RosenGoalie AARON ISRAEL (32 saves) makes a savefrom point-blank range in last night's game.