Madsen's Shutout Keys Men's Ice Hockey's 3-0 Win Over RPI

Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 32 saves to earn his 10th career shutout. (Ben Vreeland)

  Freshman forward Jack Badini had a goal and an assist, junior forward Ryan Donato extended his point streak to 13 games with a goal, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 32 saves in net to earn his third shutout of the year, helping men's ice hockey to a 3-0 win over RPI at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Sophomore Ty Pelton-Byce scored for the second time in as many games for the Crimson, which returned to home ice for the first time in two months.

Donato helped Harvard get off to a quick start, taking a great cross-ice pass from Lewis Zerter-Gossage, skating into the slot and firing a shot over the shoulder of RPI goaltender Linden Marshall (39 saves).

The Crimson added another goal quickly, again on a good play at the net front. Badini curled around the net and fired hard pass in front of the net, which Pelton-Byce jammed into the goal at 16:28 to make it 2-0.

Badini would score a goal of his own early in the second period, stealing the puck from an RPI defenseman, skating in alone and beating Marshall at 1:58 of the middle period.

Madsen did most of the work the rest of the way, making 14 saves in the second period to help Harvard maintain its lead.

The Crimson limited RPI's chances in the third, outshooting the Engineers 14-7 in the final frame to help Madsen earn his 10th career shutout.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal) has points in 13 straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 21 points (13 goals, eight assists).
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made all 32 saves in net to earn his third shutout of the season and 10th career shutout. Madsen now has 50 career wins at Harvard, third on the all-time list, and moved into second on the all-time shutout list at Harvard.
  • With an assist tonight, Lewis Zerter-Gossage now has points in five straight games, with eight points (two goals, six assists) in that span

Game Notes:

  • Harvard's penalty kill finished the night 2-for-2, marking the ninth time that the Crimson has been perfect on the penalty kill in a game this season.
  • Harvard held a 42-32 shot advantage for the game with Donato registering a game-high seven shots on net.
  • Harvard is 17-1-3 in its last 21 games against ECAC Hockey opponents at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

What's Next:
Harvard hosts Union tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m., with the game airing on NESNplus. 

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