Men's Ice Hockey Edged 5-2 By UMass Lowell in Catamount Cup Opener

Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal) extended his point streak to 11 games to start the season. 

BURLINGTON, VT -
 Junior forward Ryan Donato scored his team high ninth goal of the season, and senior captain Eddie Ellis added his first of the year, but Harvard men's ice hockey fell, 5-2, to UMass-Lowell in the first game of the Catamount Cup.

Junior goaltender Michael Lackey made 26 saves in his third straight start in net.

Donato helped Harvard get off to a quick start in the opening minute of the game, pouncing on a long rebound after a Henry Bowlby net drive and firing a shot off the post and in from the left circle.

Minutes later UMass-Lowell tied the game as Nick Master finished a 2-on-1, barely beating an outstretched Lackey from in close to make it a 1-1 game at 3:45 of the opening frame.

Tyler Mueller scored on an odd man rush early in the second period to give the River Hawks their first lead of the night at 3:23.

Harvard continued to carry the play in the second period, only to see UMass-Lowell goaltender Christoffer Hernberg make several spectacular stops. His best of the frame came on a chance for Benjamin Solin in front, set up by some great playmaking from Reilly Walsh. Walsh weaved through two UMass-Lowell defenders and found Solin alone in front, then Hernberg made a sprawling glove save at the 6:00 mark on the one-timer.

The Crimson broke through to tie the game at 2-2, as sophomore forward Colton Kerfoot made a nice centering feed from behind the net to Ellis, who put the puck in with a UMass-Lowell defender on his back at 17:35.

UMass-Lowell regained the lead just 50 seconds later, as Ryan Dmowski scored on a shot from the right circle at 18:25.

The River Hawks outshot Harvard 14-2 in the final period of play, taking a two goal lead at 8:11 of the frame, before sealing the win with an empty-net goal at 18:52.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal) has points in 11 straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 16 points (nine goals, seven assists).
  • Senior captain Eddie Ellis scored his fourth career goal and his first since Dec. 30, 2016 (W, 5-1 vs. RPI).

Game Notes:

  • The Crimson finished 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, the seventh time this season Harvard has held an opponent scoreless on the power play.
  • Harvard held a 24-17 shot advantage through two periods of play, but was outshot for just the third time this season.

What's Next:
Harvard will play host Vermont tomorrow night in its second game of the Catamount Cup with puck drop at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3 and CatamounTV.