No. 3/3 Men's Hockey Falls 5-2 To Rival Yale

Harvard fell, 5-2, to Yale on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. (Gil Talbot)

 Senior forward Jake Horton and junior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage each scored second period goals but No. 3/3 Harvard men's hockey (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) fell 5-2 to Yale (2-1-0, 2-1-0 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Harvard, which fell behind 2-0 after one period of play, rallied to tie as Horton got things going for the Crimson, taking a cross-ice feed from junior forward Ryan Donato and finding an open net on a 2-on-1 down low at the 2:05 mark.

Then minutes later, with the Crimson on the power play, Lewis Zerter-Gossage scored his second of the year after a great rush by sophomore defenseman Adam Fox, who cut behind the Yale net and found Zerter-Gossage in alone in front for the score at 5:23 of the second period.

But Yale's Luke Stevens scored just minutes later on a 2-on-1, chipping a backhander past senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (21 saves). Then Ryan Hitchcock scored on a Yale power play late in the period to put the Bulldogs up 4-2.

Harvard had several quality scoring chances on Yale goaltender Sam Tucker (33 saves) in the second and third periods, but were held off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.

Kevin O'Neill scored on a breakaway with just over a minute left in regulation to seal the win for Yale.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Horton and Zerter-Gossage scored for the second consecutive game to open the season. Donato, Fox, and Reilly Walsh all added assists and have points in two straight games to open the year.
  • Harvard (1-for-4) scored on the power play for the second consecutive game to open the year.
  • The Crimson outshot Yale 35-26 for the game, including a 21-11 margin in the second period.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard lost at home for the first time in two seasons. The Crimson entered the game 18-0-3 in its last 21 games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, an unbeaten streak that dated back to Feb. 12, 2016.
  • Harvard is now 145-90-21 in the all-time series against Yale.

What's Next:
Harvard hosts Brown on Saturday night (Nov. 4) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.

Ted Donato Postgame Media