Ryan Donato was one of three players with a goal and assist Friday for Harvard (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 10/10 Harvard men's hockey team (4-0-1, 2-0-1 ECAC Hockey) scored the final four goals Friday evening to rally past Princeton (0-4-0, 0-3-0 ECAC), 5-2. The Crimson received a goal and assist from senior co-captain Devin Tringale, as well as sophomores Ryan Donato and Lewis Zerter-Gossage to keep Harvard unbeaten through five games.
Donato started the scoring at Hobey Baker Rink, scoring his fourth of the season at the 11:58 mark. The Scituate, Massachusetts native collected the puck in the corner to the left of the Princeton goal, drove along the goal line towards the net and then forced the puck through Colton Phinney to give Harvard the 1-0 edge.
Princeton, though, scored the first two goals of the second frame from the sticks of Jeremy Germain and Eric Robinson to go up 2-1, at 5:38. Harvard turned to senior Tyler Moy to provide the equalizer before the intermission. Moy carried the puck to the right face-off dot where he wristed a laser to the top corner over Phinney's shoulder at 17:39. Tringale and Sean Malone collected the assists.
Tringale came out and grabbed the lead for Harvard in the third period, scoring at 3:36. The senior skated with the puck from the opposite blue line and charged right at Phinney's glove side, beating the Princeton netminder with a quick snap of the wrist from short range. Adam Fox earned his team-best sixth assist on the play and the goal would go on to be the game-winner, the first of Tringale's career.
Viktor Dombrovskiy improved the Harvard lead to 4-2 with a rip into the top left corner with just under five minutes remaining in the game. The goal was set up by a feed from Seb Lloyd. Zerter-Gossage capped the victory with an empty netter at 19:10.
Merrick Madsen was stout again in goal, stopping 27 Princeton shots to earn his fourth win of the year.
Harvard will round out the weekend Saturday evening in a battle of top-10 teams, facing off against No. 7/8 Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut. Fans can watch the game on SNY (TV), Quinnipiac All-Access (web) and in Canada on TSNGO.