The New Hampton Huskies struck for three goals in the final period to defeat the Harvard freshman hockey team, 7-4, at Watson rink yesterday afternoon.
New Hampton's Paul Piatellit slapped the puck into the upper left corner past Harvard netminder Doug Roche at 10:00 into the third stanza to give the Huskies an insurmountable lead. Piatellit converted a crisp pass from Daryl McLeod after an inept Harvard power play failed to keep the puck in the Huskie zone.
The start of the game was delayed because of technical difficulties with the scoreboard. A working scoreboard proved indispensable in the first period as each squad lit up the scorelights three times.
New Hampton's Steve Evangelista led off the Huskie's scoring drive thinking he was playing against the NBA's mandatory shot clock: After the initial face-off Evangelista stole a Crimson pass and lefted a soft shot past the shocked Roche in--you guessed it--24 seconds.
The Yardlings skated viciously to tie the game after each Huskie goal in the see-saw period. Paul Mangano and Bob Kelly with dogged determination combined for two inspirational goals. Mangano netted the final goal of the stanza on a rebound conversion of one of Kelly's wicked slap shots.
In the second period the two teams traded penalties as often as they had been exchanging goals in the first. Harvard could not capitalize on two power plays but the Huskies were more receptive to the Crimson hospitality. With a Harvard freshman in the penalty box, New Hampton dazzled Roche with a two-on-one break to lead, 4-3.
Most of the third period brought neither goals nor penalties. Strong backchecking by Harvard's Victory Coffman impeded several Huskie scoring thrusts.
After Piatelli's decisive goal, the freshman almost tied it up on a two-on-one charge on the New Hampton net, but Huskie goaltender Rich L'Heureux kicked out the puck to Doug Jones who padded the lead for the visitors at 14:08.