No. 3/3 Men's Hockey Rolls To 5-0 Win Over Dartmouth In Season Opener

Harvard defeated Dartmouth, 5-0, in its season opener, marking the third straight year that the Crimson has opened the season with a shutout. (Gil Talbot)

 Junior forward Ryan Donato scored twice, senior captain Jake Horton added a goal and an assist, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 19 saves to help No. 3/3 men's hockey (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) to a season-opening 5-0 win over Dartmouth (0-2-0, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Freshman Henry Bowlby scored his first collegiate goal, and junior Lewis Zerter-Gossage added a first period goal, as the Crimson jumped out to a 3-0 lead after opening 20 minutes and never looked back.

Bowlby scored on a deflection in front of a shot from the point from Wiley Sherman at 8:59 of the first period to put Harvard up 1-0. Later in the period after keeping the puck in the offensive zone, Zerter-Gossage followed up his own wrap-around attempt and beat Dartmouth goaltender Devin Buffalo (13 saves) up high to make it 2-0 at 14:11.

With Dartmouth looking to get back into the game late in the period on the power play, Donato finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 chance, beating Buffalo on the short side at 19:11 to give Harvard a three goal lead.

Horton scored his first of the year on a great passing play with Seb Lloyd and Michael Floodstrand at 6:26 of the second period.

Then Donato made it 5-0 just nine seconds into Harvard's first power play of the night, scoring from the right circle at 12:36.

Harvard Highlights:

Game Notes:

  • Harvard is 85-29-4 all-time in official season-opening games and 24-12-3 in home openers since it began playing games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 1979. This marks the third straight year and the fifth time in the last six years that Harvard has opened a season with a shutout.
  • Harvard is 18-0-3 in its last 21 games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, an unbeaten streak that dates back to Feb. 12, 2016. Since extensive renovations were completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Crimson is 30-7-6 on its home ice.

What's Next:
Harvard hosts rival Yale on Friday night (Nov. 3) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will air on NESN and the Ivy League Network.

Ted Donato Postgame Press Conference: