Freshman forward Henry Bowlby scored twice for Harvard, including the game-winner in a 4-3 OT win against Union. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Harvard heads to RPI on Tuesday to play a midweek contest, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m..