Ryan Donato scored his first collegiate goal Sunday (Jane Hill).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 11/11 Harvard men's hockey (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) completed the weekend sweep of Dartmouth (0-2-0, 0-2-0 ECAC) with a 5-2 victory Sunday evening in front of 1,813 fans at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The two wins to start the season marks the first time since 2012-13 that Harvard begins a season 2-0-0. That year Harvard beat Bentley and Brown in its first two games.
For the second night in a row, each of Harvard's goals came from separate skaters. Kyle Criscuolo, Tyler Moy and Jimmy Vesey all recorded their second of the season, while Victor Newell and Ryan Donato got in the goal column for the first time in 2015-16. Sophomore netminder Merrick Madsen collected his second win of the season making 18 saves after making 25 the previous night.
The Crimson came out and controlled play early on, firing five shots on Dartmouth's starting goaltender, Charles Grant, but the Big Green was first on the board with its first goal of the weekend series. Senior Nick Bligh notched Dartmouth's first goal of the season, slipping a shot inside the far post off a feed from linemate Brad Schierhorn.
Dartmouth's lead lasted 6:24 seconds before senior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo put the Crimson on the board with his second in as many games. Just seconds after Dartmouth killed off its first penalty of the game, junior Luke Esposito slipped a pass from the boards towards the front of the net were Criscuolo jammed it past Grant for the equalizer. At 16:29, junior Tyler Moy shifted the lead back into Harvard's favor with his second this season. Moy skated with the puck around the back of the net and completed his scoring chance with a slick backhand that beat Grant coming across the crease.
Harvard power play came alive in the second period, potting a pair of goals from Victor Newell and Vesey. Newell, who had two assists in Saturday's opener, was first up at 4:10 when his blast from the point cleared all the traffic in front and made the far post for his first tally of the year which extended Harvard's lead to 3-1.
Dartmouth's Corey Kalk came right back 1:19 later and scored his first of the year to make it a one-goal game again at 3-2. Vesey and the Crimson power play unit extended the lead back to two goals at 11:02 when the senior co-captain batted in his own rebound that had deflected up in the air off Grant's pads. Space was created for Vesey in front of the net due to quick stick-to-stick passing from Kerfoot, Criscuolo and Vesey to the left of Dartmouth's net. Harvard's power play units finished the night 2-for-6 and are 5-for-9 through the first two games.
Harvard went on to add one more goal to its tally in the final period, as freshman Ryan Donato scored his first collegiate goal. Cycling the puck deep in the offensive zone, Donato set himself near the left face-off circle where Colin Blackwell found him open for the wrister that beat Grant stick-side. Malone also picked up another assist on the goal.
Harvard is back on the ice at Bright-Landry Hockey Center next weekend, hosting Yale Friday and Brown Saturday for two more ECAC and Ivy League contests. Game time for both match-ups is 7 p.m. and will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.