Power Play Helps Men's Ice Hockey Earn 5-2 Win at Princeton

Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh had a goal and an assist in Harvard's 5-2 win at Princeton. 

 Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh and junior forward Ryan Donato each had a goal and an assist, and junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 23 saves to lead Harvard men's ice hockey (4-5-1, 4-3-0 ECAC Hockey to a 5-2 win at Princeton (5-6-1, 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday night at Hobey Baker Rink.

A late second period burst and great goaltending by Lackey in the third period proved to be the difference for the Crimson.

Leading 2-1, Harvard scored twice in a 1:12 span, to take a three-goal lead heading into the third period. For the second straight night, Donato forced a turnover that led to a goal this time poke-checking a shot from the left circle past Ferland at 16:43 to make it 3-1.

Just over a minute later, senior defenseman Wiley Sherman scored his second goal in as many nights, taking a drop pass from Ty Pelton-Byce and beating Ferland with a well-placed wrist shot through traffic at 17:55.

Lackey was solid in the third period, as Princeton outshot Harvard 14-2 and scored on the power play early in the period (2:21) to make it a two-goal game again. But freshman forward Jack Badini's empty-net goal at 19:11 sealed the win for Harvard.

The Crimson dominated much of the opening period, outshooting Princeton 21-6 and drawing three power plays that yielded two goals.

Harvard got things going early on the man advantage when Luke Keenan was sent off for tripping just under four minutes into the game, as Reilly Walsh took a pass from Adam Fox and fired a one-timer by Ryan Ferland at 4:26 of the opening period.

Later in the period, on Harvard's third power play of the frame, Walsh won a battle in the corner and the puck found Zerter-Gossage, who skated into the slot and fired a wrist shot into the top corner at 16:16.

Princeton made it a one goal game on the power play on David Hallisey's score at 4:38 of the middle period, before Harvard's late-period burst put the Crimson in control the rest of the way. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal, assist) has points in 10 straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists).
  • Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 23 saves in his second start of the season.
  • Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh (goal, assist), a New Jersey Devils prospect, notched his second multi-point game of the year

Game Notes:

  • Harvard has won nine games in a row in the series against Princeton, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2013-14 season.
  • The Crimson finished 2-for-4 on the power play, its second multiple goal effort on the man advantage this season.

What's Next:
Harvard will head into the exam period and holiday break for the next several weeks before returning to action at the Catamount Cup (Dec. 29-30) hosted by the University of Vermont.

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