Badini's OT Goal Lifts Men's Ice Hockey Past St. Lawrence, 4-3

Junior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage had a goal and two assists to help Harvard earn a 4-3 (OT) win at St. Lawrence 

 Freshman forward Jack Badini scored the game-winning goal at 1:16 of overtime to help lift Harvard men's ice hockey (9-6-4, 8-3-3 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-3 win at St. Lawrence (4-18-2, 0-11-1 ECAC Hockey) on Saturday night at Appleton Arena.

Badini's game winner came after junior goaltender Michael Lackey (20 saves) made a sprawling glove save on Mike Marnell. Then sophomore forward Nathan Krusko skated into the slot for a wrist shot that sailed just wide of the net. Badini skated behind the net, and fired a quick rebound off the pad of St. Lawrence goaltender Arthur Brey and into the net to win it for Harvard, which is undefeated in its last eight games (5-0-3).

The Crimson fell behind early, as Ryan Lough pounced on a rebound in front and gave St. Lawrence a 1-0 lead at 5:54 of the opening period.

Then Donato went to work, on two nearly identical goals just under 3:00 apart. Donato took a zone-entry pass from Zerter-Gossage on the right wing, carried the puck to right circle with speed and beat St. Lawrence goaltender Arthur Brey over the shoulder on the near side at 7:28.

Minutes later, Donato took a similar pass from Zerter-Gossage, this time firing a puck through traffic and hitting the same top corner at 10:27.

The Crimson killed off two penalties at the start and the end of the second period, with Lackey making several key stops to help Harvard maintain a one-goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

Harvard took a 3-1 lead on a 5-on-3 power play, as Zerter-Gossage shoveled a rebound past Brey at 4:39 after an initial shot by Ty Pelton-Byce.

Just over a minute later, St Lawrence made it a one goal game as Mike Marnell scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 5:57.

Harvard appeared well on its way to salting the win away, but with an extra attacker on the ice, St. Lawrence's Carson Gicewicz scored from just outside the crease with under 38 seconds to tie the game at 3-3.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Freshman forward Jack Badini scored the game-winner and now has points in four straight games (3G, A)
  • Junior forward Ryan Donato notched his fifth multi-goal game of the season, becoming the first player in Division I college hockey to reach 20 goals on the season with two first period goals.
  • Freshman defenseman Benjamin Foley recorded his first career point, notching an assist on Donato's second goal of the opening period.
  • Junior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage recorded his second consecutive multi-point effort, with two assists. He now leads the team with 12 assists on the season.

 Game Notes:

  • Harvard is 5-0-3 in its last eight games overall and 6-0-3 in its last nine games against ECAC Hockey competition.
  • Harvard finished the weekend a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
  • Harvard has won six straight games in the series against St. Lawrence.

What's Next:
Harvard returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center next weekend to host No. 4 Cornell and No. 19 Colgate. The Crimson will take on the Big Red on Friday night with puck drop at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

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