Reilly Walsh scored his first two collegiate goals to help lift Harvard past Brown. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh scored his first two collegiate goals and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 26 saves to lift No. 3/3 Harvard men's ice hockey (2-1-0, 2-1-0 ECAC Hockey) to a 3-0 win over Brown at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Sophomore forward Nathan Krusko added his first goal of the season for Harvard, which earned its second shutout in its first three games of the year.
In a penalty filled first period, neither team capitalized on three power play opportunities for each side. Harvard owned a 13-8 advantage on the shot chart.
Harvard opened the second period on the power play on a carryover penalty, and Walsh scored his first goal in a Crimson uniform on a nifty passing play.
From the top of the offensive zone, sophomore defenseman Adam Fox (two assists) fed junior forward Ryan Donato (two assists) on the wing. Donato found Walsh with a cross-ice feed, and the freshman beat Brown's Gavin Nieto high at :56 to put the Crimson up 1-0.
Madsen was at his best during the second half of the middle period, making several sprawling saves to keep Brown off the scoreboard.
Harvard sealed the game late on Walsh's second power play goal of the night, again off great cross-ice passes from Fox and Donato at 13:35.
Krusko added his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the side boards with 4:56 to play.
- Reilly Walsh became the first Harvard freshman to score twice in a game since Nathan Krusko had a hat trick on Jan. 6 in a 5-2 win over Quinnipiac.
- Donato (two assists), Fox (two assists), and Walsh all added assists and have points in three straight games to open the year.
- Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen recorded his ninth career shutout and his second of the season in three starts.
- Harvard (2-for-8) scored on the power play for the third consecutive game to open the year and held Brown scoreless in five power play chances.
- The Crimson outshot Brown 36-26 for the game, and have outshot all three of its opponents so far this season.
- Harvard has won seven straight in the series against Brown.
Harvard hits the road for a pair of league contests, starting with a Friday night (Nov. 10) game at Colgate with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.
Coach Donato Postgame Media: