No. 5/5 Men's Ice Hockey Edged at Colgate, 2-1

Junior forward Ryan Donato scored on the power play against Colgate, his team high third goal of the year. (Gil Talbot)

 Junior forward Ryan Donato scored his team-leading third goal of the season, but No. 5/5 Harvard men's hockey fell, 2-1, at Colgate on Friday night (Nov. 10) at Class of 1965 Rink.

With the Raiders ahead 2-0 late in the second period, the Crimson drew a power play and Donato took a pass from sophomore Ty Pelton-Byce and scored his third of the season on a well-placed wrist shot from the high slot at 19:06 to make it a one-goal game.

In the third period, Harvard had the jump in the opening minutes. Freshman Benjamin Solin forced a turnover and fed senior captain Eddie Ellis for a chance in slot, but Colton Point (30 saves) made a great stop at 3:01.

Junior forward Michael Floodstrand also had a great chance alone in front at 11:30 but Point got a piece of the puck with his glove.

The Crimson's chances in the final 10 minutes were limited by two late penalties, but Harvard killed both of them off, with senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (19 saves) coming up with his best save of the night with just over 6:00 to go on a point-blank chance for Colgate.

Junior defenseman Jacob Olson nearly tied it with 1:45 on a shot from the left circle, with Point again coming up with a big stop to preserve the win for the Raiders.

Colgate jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, as Jared Cockrell chipped one in at 8:12 of the first period, taking a high-low pass and finishing high to put the Raiders ahead.

The Crimson had two power play chances in the opening period of play, with its best scoring opportunities coming on the latter of the two. With Colgate's Rory McGuire in the penalty box for tripping at 14:59, senior Seb Lloyd was stopped twice by Point from the slot, and the Raiders maintained their 1-0 lead after one period of play.

The Raiders took a two-goal lead on a deflection in front of the net at 7:26 of the second period, with Paul Meyer getting credit for the goal.

But Harvard picked up its game and carried the play for much of the rest of the second period and carried the momentum into the third period. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Donato (goal) and sophomore defenseman Adam Fox (assist) have points in four straight games to open the season.
  • Fox (1.50 points/game) is tied for second in the nation among defensemen in scoring.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard (1-for-4) scored on the power play for the fourth consecutive game to open the year.
  • The Crimson outshot Colgate 31-to-20 for the game, and has outshot all four of its opponents so far this season.
  • Harvard's eight-game unbeaten streak was snapped against the Raiders. The Crimson Is 7-1-1 in its last nine games against the Raiders

What's Next:
Harvard takes on rival Cornell in the 151st meeting between the Crimson and Big Red. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will air on the Ivy League Network.

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