Men's Ice Hockey Breaks Through in 4-1 Win at Dartmouth

Harvard earned a much-needed 4-1 win at Dartmouth on Friday night. (Tim O'Meara/The Crimson)

Sophomore forward Frédéric Grégoire scored the go-ahead goal at 16:32 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie, junior forward Ryan Donato scored his nation-leading 21st goal of the season, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 22 saves to help Harvard men's hockey (10-8-4, 9-5-3 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-1 win at Dartmouth (9-12-2, 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night.

Freshman forward Benjamin Solin and senior defenseman Wiley Sherman added goals for Harvard, which snapped a two-game goal-scoring drought, outshooting Dartmouth 40-23 on the night.

Harvard got off to a quick start, taking a 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. Solin redirected a shot from John Marino past Buffalo at 3:58 to give the Crimson the early lead 

Harvard controlled for much of the opening 20 minutes, outshooting Dartmouth 19-6, and killing off a late period penalty without allowing a Big Green shot on net.

With Harvard still carrying the play throughout the second period, Dartmouth tied the game on an odd-man rush, with Shane Sellar cleaning up a rebound on a 2-on-1 chance at 13:02.

But the Crimson responded minutes later with its own odd-man rush, as a quick-up from sophomore forward Nathan Krusko to Grégoire led to a 2-on-1 chance. Grégoire kept the puck at the left circle and fired a shot over the right shoulder of Buffalo at 16:32 to give Harvard the lead again. 

Madsen was at his best in the third period, stopping all 10 shots from the Big Green. Donato scored on a breakaway with a nifty backhander under the cross-bar at 17:41. Then Sherman added an empty net goal at 19:15.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato matched his single season high for goals in a year with his nation-leading 21st goal of the year, taking just 22 games to reach the mark. No player has averaged a goal per game in DI college hockey since Ryan Carter (Iona) in 1998-99.
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen allowed two goals or less for the fourth time in the last five starts.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings against Dartmouth.
  • Harvard continues to play solid hockey in its own end in league play, as the Crimson allowed two goals or less for the 11th time in 17 ECAC Hockey contests.
  • Harvard finished the night 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and is now 83.5% (67-for-80) on the kill, including 13 games this season where the Crimson has not allowed a power play goal.

What's Next:
Harvard will defend its Beanpot title on Monday when the Crimson heads to TD Garden to take on Boston University at 8 p.m.. The game will air on NESN.

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