Junior forward Ryan Donato scored twice to help Harvard earn a 3-1 win over Princeton. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior forward Ryan Donato scored twice, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 35 saves to help Harvard men's ice hockey (8-6-2, 7-3-1 ECAC Hockey) earn a 3-1 win over Princeton (6-10-3, 3-8-1 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Freshman forward Jack Badini added a shorthanded goal for Harvard, which is unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1) and has won four straight on home ice.
Harvard withstood an early flurry from the Tigers and then dominated much of the opening 20 minutes. It appeared the game would head to the first intermission scoreless, but in the final minute, a Princeton turnover led to a chance for Donato, who beat Ferland over the right shoulder for his 15th goal of the season at 19:37.
Early in the second period, Madsen made an incredible glove stop on a shorthanded breakaway chance for Princeton at the 3:00, robbing David Hallisey of a surefire goal on a play that was reviewed and confirmed as no goal.
Minutes later with Harvard on the penalty kill, freshman forward Badini scored on a partial breakaway, hitting the top corner at 5:43 to give Harvard a two-goal lead.
Late in the middle frame, Donato scored his 50th career goal and second of the night to give the Crimson a three goal lead. Donato took a pass from sophomore forward Ty Pelton-Byce (two assists) skated wide into the left circle and beat Ferland on the short side at 14:34 to make it 3-0.
The Tigers scored a power play goal off the stick of Jackson Cressey at 1:19 to make it interesting, but Madsen was excellent the rest of the way in net, helping the Crimson earn the 3-1 win.
- Junior forward Ryan Donato (two goals) recorded his fourth multi-goal effort of the season and has points in 15 of 16 games this season. Donato leads the team with 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) and leads the nation with an average of 1.00 goals per game.
- Freshman forward Jack Badini scored his first career shorthanded goal, Harvard's third shorthanded tally of the season
- Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (35 saves) has allowed a goal or less in three of his last four starts. Madsen is now 6-5-2 with a 2.08 goals against average and .928 save percentage on the year.
- Harvard has won 10 straight games in the series against Princeton.
- Harvard is unbeaten in its last five games (4-1-0) and is now 6-1-2 in its last nine games.
- The Crimson improved to 19-1-3 in its last 23 games against ECAC Hockey opponents at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Harvard hosts Quinnipiac at Bright-Landry Hockey Center tomorrow afternoon with puck drop at 3:30 p.m.. The game will air on NESN.