Lewis Zerter-Gossage recorded his first career hat trick Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomores Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Ryan Donato powered the No. 12/12 Harvard men's hockey (3-0-1, 1-0-1 ECAC Hockey) Saturday night to a 4-3 victory over rival Cornell (0-2-1, 0-1-1) at a sold out Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Zerter-Gossage recorded his first career hat trick, while Donato scored Harvard's other goal while assisting on each of his linemates' tallies.
The hat trick was the first for a Crimson player since Donato scored three times against Union last February. Zerter-Gossage, who had three goals all of last season, already has four in four game this year. Donato's four points is a new single-game career-high for the Scituate, Massachusetts native.
Zerter-Gossage and the Crimson offense wasted little time getting the scoring going, finding the back of the net just 1:25 into the action. A strong defensive play by Donato caused the puck to squirt out to the neutral zone where he chased it down and led a rush with Zerter-Gossage to his right. Spacing the defense out upon entering the zone, Donato guided a pass to Zerter-Gossage who got enough of the puck to beat Gillam five-hole.
The second-year duo was also involved in Harvard's second goal of the period, as Harvard took a 2-0 lead at 17:28 with a power play strike. Donato was able to spin a pass to Tyler Moy in the slot who wristed a direct pass to the stick of Zerter-Gossage for the tip-in at the door step.
Cornell's Trevor Yates scored the first of three power play goals on the night for Big Red 1:09 into the second to cut the Harvard lead in half. The 2-1 score stood until Donato found the mesh on a wrap-around goal at the 15:48 mark. Rookies Adam Fox and John Marino earned the assists.
Zerter-Gossage completed the hat trick 92 seconds later when he cleaned up a rebound in the crease. Donato had the initial attempt on the play and Alexander Kerfoot garnered the second assist after he was able to keep the puck in the zone when Cornell attempted to clear.
The Big Red kept fighting though and Anthony Angello scored on the man advantage with 56 second left in the second to make it 4-2. Jake Weidner notched another power play goal 27 second into the third frame, but the Crimson defense stood strong down the stretch to secure the win.
Harvard hits the road for two more ECAC games next weekend, visiting Princeton Friday and No. 6/7 Quinnipiac Saturday.