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. 

 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.