Donato Leads Men's Hockey To 7-2 Exhibition Win Over U.S. NTDP U-18 Team

Junior forward Ryan Donato had a five point night (three goals, two assists) in Harvard's 7-2 win over the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team.

A quick start for No. 2 Harvard men's ice hockey – four goals in the first 20 minutes – helped the Crimson cruise to a 7-2 win over the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team in an exhibition at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Junior forward Ryan Donato had a five-point night (three goals, two assists) including a hat trick, freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh added a pair of power play goals and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made all 14 saves in two periods of work to lead the Crimson.

Sophomores Frederic Gregoire and Nathan Krusko added second period goals for Harvard, which played its final exhibition contest of the fall before kicking off the year next Sunday (Oct. 29) against Dartmouth.

Donato scored twice in the first six minutes of the game, the first goal coming just :12 into the game on a breakaway after forcing a USA turnover at the blue line.

Walsh scored twice on two power play shots from the left point in the first period.

Donato completed the hat trick finishing off a pretty cross-ice passing play from Louis Zerter-Gossage, to Ty Pelton-Byce, and then back to Donato at 4:52 of the second period.

Adam Samuelsson and Joel Farabee scored in the third period for USA, which fell to 6-4-0 on the season. Michael Lackey (nine saves) and Cameron Gornet (five saves) also saw time in net in the third period for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Five different Harvard players finished with multiple point nights: Ryan Donato (3-2-5), Lewis Zerter-Gossage (0-2-2), Frederic Gregoire (1-1-2), Ty Pelton-Byce (0-2-2), and Reilly Walsh (2-0-2).
  • Harvard finished the night 2-for-5 on the man advantage, while holding the US NTDP U-18 to one power play goal on seven chances.

Game Notes:

  • The Crimson and the U.S. U-18 team have squared off four times since 2001-02, with Harvard winning three of four meetings. Harvard took the Jan., 26, 2002 meeting, 5-2, the U-18 squad took the matchup on Dec. 9, 2007, 4-3, and last season, Harvard beat the U.S. U-18 team, 5-2.
  • Four current Harvard student-athletes spent time in the USNDTP. Michael LackeyAdam FoxBenjamin Solin, and Reilly Walsh all played for the national squad before joining the Crimson.

What's Next:
Harvard will open the regular season next Sunday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m. against Dartmouth at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in a game that will air on NESN and the Ivy League Network. 

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