Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made a career high 41 saves against Quinnipiac. (Timothy R. O'Meara/The Harvard Crimson)
HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior forward Ryan Donato notched his second career hat trick, and goaltender Michael Lackey made a career high 41 saves to lead Harvard men's ice hockey (3-5-1, 3-3-0 ECAC Hockey to a 6-2 win at Quinnipiac (6-8-1, 3-5-0 ECAC Hockey).
Senior defenseman Wiley Sherman, junior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage, and senior forward Seb Lloyd added goals for Harvard.
The Crimson responded with three quick goals after falling behind in the opening minutes of the contest, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
Quinnipiac's Nick Germain scored on a deflection in front to give the Bobcats the lead at 3:51 of the first period.
But the Crimson had a quick response, as Zerter-Gossage made a great play to keep possession of the puck along the half wall and found Sherman at the point, who beat Quinnipiac goaltender Andrew Shortridge (23 saves) with a low slap shot to tie the game at 6:52.
Just over two minutes later, Donato won a puck battle in the offensive zone at the end of a shift, skate out in front and jammed a shot through to give Harvard the lead at 9:05.
Late in the period, with traffic in front, Zerter-Gossage took a pass from John Marino, skated in close and beat Shortridge with a shot through a screen to make it 3-1 at 16:40.
Harvard played a solid defensive second period, with defenseman Adam Fox making a great play to break up a 4-on-2 rush for Bobcats early in the frame, and Lackey stopping all 12 shots he faced.
Lackey made perhaps his best stop of the game with Quinnipiac on the power play early in the third period, as Craig Martin skated in alone for a shot from the hash marks, with Lackey kicking out his left pad at the 5:00 mark of the third.
MacMaster made it a one goal game at 7:45 of the third period, but Harvard once again had a quick response.
Donato made it a two goal game just over a minute later on a wraparound, banking a shot off of the back of Shortridge and in at 9:04. He added an empty netter at 18:18 to seal the win, and Lloyd scored on a nice rush up the ice with 20 seconds to play to cap off a great night for Harvard.
- Junior forward Ryan Donato (three goals) has points in nine straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 13 points (seven goals, six assists).
- Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 41 saves in his first start of the season, a new career high.
- Junior Lewis Zerter-Gossage (goal, assist) recorded his first multiple-point game of the season
- Harvard recorded its most lopsided win against Quinnipiac since an 11-0 win over the Bobcats on March 14, 2008, and biggest road win over Quinnipiac in program history.
- Harvard improved to 14-13-4 in the all-time series against Quinnipiac and has won three in a row in the series.
Harvard heads to Princeton to take on the Tigers tomorrow night in a 7 p.m. contest. The game will air on the Ivy League Network.