Bowlby's Late OT Goal Lifts Men's Ice Hockey to 4-3 Win Over Union

Freshman forward Henry Bowlby scored twice for Harvard, including the game-winner in a 4-3 OT win against Union. (Gil Talbot)

  Freshman forward Henry Bowlby had two goals, including the game-winner with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Harvard men's ice hockey to a 4-3 win over Union at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Off a faceoff win for Harvard, Bowlby took a stretch pass from Wiley Sherman, skated down the left wing and beat Union goaltender Jake Kupsky (24 saves) low to give the Crimson a dramatic win.

In a closely played contest tied at 1-1 entering the third period, both teams combined for four goals in a span of 2:32 seconds as momentum shifted back and forth between sides.

Union took a 2-1 lead on Ryan Scarfo's power play goal at 6:24, but Bowlby answered just over a minute later, scoring on a net-front scramble at 8:01.

The Dutchmen regained the lead on Anthony Rinaldi's long shot through traffic at 8:32, but on the next shift, Harvard once again tied the game at 8:56, as Michael Floodstrand was there in front to put in a loose puck after Jake Horton forced a neutral zone turnover to tie the game at 3-3.

That goal set up a frantic finish, with Harvard earning the late win, its third in a row.

Union took the lead late in the first period, as Ryan Walker redirected a shot from the point past Madsen at 16:58 to put the Dutchmen up 1-0.

Donato continued his torrid run to start the year, skating in from the circle with Harvard on a second period power play and beating Kupsky high for his 14th of the season.

Donato nearly had his second of the game on a play that was reviewed late in the second period, but his redirection was kicked away by Kupsky just above the goal line. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal) has points in 14 straight games to start the season. He leads the team with 22 points (14 goals, eight assists).
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 36 saves in net to earn 51st career win at Harvard, third on the all-time list.
  • Freshman Henry Bowlby recorded his first two-goal game for Harvard.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard improved to 18-1-3 in its last 22 ECAC Hockey contests at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
  • Harvard won its third straight contest and is now 5-1-1 in its last seven games.
  • The Crimson won for the first time this season when allowing three goals or more. 

What's Next:
Harvard heads to RPI on Tuesday to play a midweek contest, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m..  

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