It took a total of three overtime periods to settle the first two games of the ECAC Division 1 quarterfinal best-of-three series between Harvard and Yale.
Sunday night at Bright Hockey Center, the Crimson sucked the drama out of the game early with a four-goal second period, and the hosts advanced past the Bulldogs, 8-2.
Harvard will play Cornell in the semifinals Friday.
David Valek submitted a hat trick, Alex Killorn notched two goals and two assists, and Marshall Everson had a goal and three assists.
Raphael Girard made 39 saves for the Crimson (12-9-11).
The Bulldogs (16-16-3) went ahead, 1-0, just over four minutes into the game, but Killorn tied it soon after. From there, Alex Fallstrom, Valek, Killorn, Everson, and Valek again all found the net before Yale scored a purely cosmetic goal halfway through the third.
Colgate 4, Quinnipiac 0 - Chris Wagner scored twice and had an assist and the Raiders (19-15-3) bounced the visiting Bobcats (20-14-6) in the ECAC Division 1 quarterfinals.
Maine 2, Merrimack 1 - The 10th-ranked Black Bears survived a late push from the No. 14 Warriors to advance into the Hockey East semifinals with a win in Orono, Maine.
Maine (22-12-3) will face Boston University Friday.
Spencer Abbot opened the scoring at 11:38 of the first, smoking a one-timer past Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata on a two-man advantage, his 20th goal of the season.
The Black Bears doubled their lead at 3:43 of the second, with Brice O’Connor polishing off the rebound of a Nick Pryor offering.
Merrimack (18-12-7) got on the board at 9:16 of the second, as Ryan Flanigan slipped one past Dan Sullivan (20 saves).
The Warriors never got closer, failing to knot it in the last minute with an extra attacker, with Jesse Todd’s wrister denied by Sullivan’s blocker.
Cannata stopped 30 shots.
Mercyhurst 3, Holy Cross 1 - In Erie, Pa., Matthew Zay’s two goals pushed the Lakers (20-15-4) past the Crusaders (20-15-4) and into the Atlantic Hockey semifinals.
Air Force 4, UConn 3 - Cole Schneider potted his 23d and 24th goals of the season, but George Michalke scored the winner for the Falcons with 3:21 remaining, and the visiting Huskies were eliminated from the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals.
RIT 3, Bentley 0 - The host Tigers (19-12-6) dropped the Falcons (16-16-8) in the deciding game of the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals behind two goals from Taylor McReynolds.