No. 12/13 Men’s Hockey Downs USNTDP U-18, 5-2, in Exhibition

Ryan Donato had a goal and assist in Saturday's victory (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Adam Fox dished out four assists and sophomore Ryan Donato scored once to go along with a helper, as Harvard men's hockey took down USNTDP U-18 Saturday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, 5-2. The game featured 21 total penalties, accounting for 42 penalty minutes.

Donato kicked off the scoring 2:42 into the game. Fox made a strong play on the boards to keep the puck in the zone and sent the puck towards the net where Donato tipped it inside the right post. USA U-18 evened the score on the power play at 9:25 with Nate Knoepke finding the mesh.

Harvard tilted the board back in its favor though before the intermission, as co-captain Alexander Kerfoot provided a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Seb Lloyd at 10:25. Fox collected his second helper on the play.

Emotions flared in the second frame, as 11 penalties were called. Prior to the chippy nature taking over, USA U-18 knotted the score at 2-2 with Randy Hernandez potting his first against NCAA competition.

The 2-2 score remained intact throughout the majority of the period, but on the man advantage, the Crimson's Clay Anderson poked in a puck inside the right post off a soft feed from Donato. Fox was again in on the action, pushing the puck in the zone and earning his third assist.

The intensity leveled off in the third, but the Crimson was able to tack on two more goals. Tyler Moy notched the Crimson's fourth goal, converting from point blank range after becoming free on some quick passing from rookies Nathan Krusko and the familiar name, Fox.

Wiley Sherman capped the scoring, shooting a rocket from the left point on Eddie Ellis' face-off win.

USA U-18 played a total of the 4:23 of the final eight minutes with an empty net, looking to take advantage of multiple man-up opportunities off Harvard penalties, but was not able to score again.

Harvard will open the regular season October 28 at Gala River Arena against Arizona State.