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)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – 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.
- Three different Harvard players finished with multiple point nights: Ryan Donato (2-0-2), Jake Horton (1-1-2) and Adam Fox (0-2-2).
- Freshmen Henry Bowlby (goal), Jack Badini (assist) and Reilly Walsh (assist) notched their first points in a Harvard uniform.
- Junior Ryan Donato recorded his eighth career multiple-goal game and his fourth career shorthanded goal.
- Senior Merrick Madsen notched his eighth career shutout, stopping all 19 shots.
- 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.
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: