Fox's Hat Trick Lifts Men's Ice Hockey to 5-0 Win Over St. Lawrence

Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox notched his first career hat trick in Harvard's win over St. Lawrence. (Gil Talbot)

 Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox recorded his first career hat trick as part of a four point night, and junior goaltender Michael Lackey picked up his first career shutout (16 saves) to help Harvard men's ice hockey (12-10-4, 10-6-3 ECAC Hockey) to a 5-0 win over St. Lawrence (7-22-2, 3-15-1 ECAC Hockey).

Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh had a goal and an assist, and classmate Henry Bowlby added a goal for Harvard, which clinched home ice in its first ECAC Hockey playoff series.

Harvard finished the night 3-for-6 on the man advantage, while holding the Saints scoreless on four power play chances. 

In a scoreless opening period, Lackey was good when he was tested early, including a left pad stop on a shot from right outside the goal crease from Keenan Suthers with 4:15 to go in the period.

Harvard outshot St. Lawrence, 10-5, in the opening period, but really turned the tide in the second.

The Crimson finally broke through after freshman Henry Bowlby was buried into the boards by Alex Gilmour following a 2-on-1 chance for Harvard, giving the Crimson a 5:00 power play opportunity. 

Midway through the two-man advantage, St. Lawrence took another penalty, giving Harvard 2:00 of 5-on-3 time. Fox traded spots with Reilly Walsh on the point, walked into the high slot and scored his first of the season at 16:01 of the second period.

Then minutes later, Zerter-Gossage made a great play to force a turnover in the offensive zone, then Fox picked up the puck and beat Arthur Brey (30 saves) low for his second of the game.

Harvard scored its third power play goal of the night in the third period, as Walsh beat Brey from straightaway at 5:39 of the third period to make it 3-0.

Bowlby scored at 14:24 after sophomore forward Nathan Krusko forced a turnover and made a great pass to the slot to make it 4-0. Then Fox completed his hat trick, crashing the net for a tap-in goal off a great cross-ice feed from senior forward Seb Lloyd at 18:15. 

Harvard Highlights

• Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox recorded his first career hat trick and had a career best four-point night (3G, A). Fox's hat trick was the first by a Harvard defenseman since Danny Biega '13 scored three goals in a 6-2 win over Colgate on Jan. 28, 2011.
• Sophomore forward Ty Pelton-Byce (assist) has points in four straight games.
• Junior goaltender Michael Lackey (16 saves) picked up his first career shutout in net, Harvard's fourth shutout of the season. 

Game Notes

• Harvard won its seventh straight game in the series against St. Lawrence.
• Harvard has recorded 10 or more wins in ECAC Hockey play in eight of 14 seasons under head coach Ted Donato, including a current run of four straight years with 10 or more conference wins.
• Harvard needs three more league points to clinch a first round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

What's Next
Harvard hosts Clarkson tomorrow night and will honor it's seven seniors, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

Ted Donato Postgame Press Conference