Late Goal Helps Men's Ice Hockey Earn 6-6 Tie at No. 2/2 Clarkson

Harvard battled late to earn a 6-6 tie at No. 2/2 Clarkson.

 Junior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage scored twice, including a game-tying goal with 59 seconds to play to help Harvard men's ice hockey (8-6-4, 7-3-3 ECAC Hockey) earn a 6-6 tie at No. 2/2 Clarkson (18-3-2, 10-0-1 ECAC Hockey) at Cheel Arena.

A wild third period started with sophomore Frederic Gregoire giving Harvard a 4-3 lead after sophomore Nathan Krusko forced a turnover at the blueline, setting up a Gregoire shot from the circle that beat Clarkson goaltender Jake Kielly (31 saves) at 1:39 to put Harvard up 4-3. Just over four minutes later, senior captain Jake Horton took a cross-ice pass from freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh and scored on a one-timer from the high slot at 6:15 to make it 5-3.

Clarkson responded with two goals in a 42 second span at 8:21 and 9:03 to tie the game. Then, with junior goaltender Michael Lackey (four saves) in net, Marly Quince gave Clarkson a 6-5 lead at 14:29.

But Zerter-Gossage found a loose puck in a net front scramble with under a minute to play, and beat Kielly to tie the game at 6-6.

Clarkson took an early lead just :59 into the game, as Jack Jacome converted a 2-on-1 chance to give the host Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

Harvard responded with a great series of shifts, culminating in a goal by junior forward Michael Floodstrand, who took a great pass from freshman forward Benjamin Solin, skated into the slot and beat Kielly at 4:28 to tie the game at 1-1.

Early in the second period, Harvard took its first lead of the game, converting just 23 seconds into its first power play of the night. Donato took a great entry pass from sophomore defenseman Adam Fox, skated in alone on Kielly and found the top corner with a backhander for his 18th goal of the season.

Clarkson tied it midway through the period on Haralds Egle's shot from in close at 12:13.

An end-to-end sequence resulted in Harvard's third goal of the night, as Madsen slid from post-to-post to make a right pad stop that resulted in a 2-on-1 going the other way. Zerter-Gossage beat Kielly with a low shot to make it 3-2 Harvard.

The Golden Knights tied it on the next shift, as Josh Dickinson crashed the net for a rebound at 14:53. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Michael Floodstrand scored his fourth goal of the season, a new single season high, and has points in four of the last five games (three goals, assist).
  • Junior forward Ryan Donato notched his 18th goal in 18 games, and leads the nation averaging a goal per game.
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (20 saves) recorded an assist, his first point of the season and third career assist. Madsen's last assist came on Feb. 24, 2017 in a 4-1 win against Clarkson, the last time the two teams met. 

 Game Notes:

  • Harvard is 4-0-3 in its last seven games overall and 5-0-3 in its last eight games against ECAC Hockey competition
  • Harvard is unbeaten in its last three games (2-0-1) against Clarkson.

What's Next:
Harvard will take on St. Lawrence tomorrow night with puck drop at 7 p.m..

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