Men's Ice Hockey Routs Dartmouth, 7-1; Forces Game 3 in ECAC Quarterfinal Series

Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox had two goals and two assists in Harvard's 7-1 win over Dartmouth. (Gil Talbot)

Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox (two goals, two assists) and junior forward Ryan Donato (goal, three assists) each had four-point nights to lead Harvard men's ice hockey (14-13-4) to a 7-1 rout of Dartmouth (16-16-2) in Game 2 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Sophomore forwards Ty Pelton-Byce and Nathan Krusko added a goal and an assist each, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 21 saves to earn the win in net.

The Crimson finished the night 2-for-5 on the man advantage, while holding Dartmouth scoreless in five power play chances.

Harvard scored twice in a span of 24 seconds in the first period to take a 2-0 lead on a power play goal from Lewis Zerter-Gossage (9:29), followed by another tally from Benjamin Solin on a jam play in front of the net at 9:53.

A wild second period saw Harvard pot four goals, including the next two in the game midway through the frame. Krusko flipped a backhander by Dartmouth goaltender Devin Buffalo (23 saves) at 8:18. Then just over a minute later, Fox scored his first of the night on a turnaround shot in the slot at 9:23 to make it 4-0.

Dartmouth answered seconds later to momentarily cut the lead to 4-1 on Corey Kalk's goal. But Fox scored his second of the night at 15:42, then Donato fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Buffalo for his 23rd goal of the season, a power play goal at 19:56, to make it 6-1.

Pelton-Byce scored on a breakaway at 13:08 to round out the scoring for the Crimson.

Harvard Highlights

• Twelve different players for Harvard registered a point, with five players recorded multiple-point nights – Ryan Donato (goal, three assists), Adam Fox (two goals, two assists), Ty Pelton-Byce (goal, assist), Nathan Krusko (goal, assist) and John Marino (two goals).

• Harvard finished the night a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, the 17th time this season Harvard has been perfect on the PK and the third straight game it has not allowed a power play goal.

• Harvard has outshot its opponent in 25 of 31 games this season.

Game Notes

• The winner of the Harvard-Dartmouth series will advance to play the winner of the Clarkson-Colgate series in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals in Lake Placid, N.Y next weekend. Clarkson and Colgate will play a Game 3 tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

• Harvard is in search of its first best-of-three series win against Dartmouth in program history, and will play its third Game 3 against the Big Green all-time (2011, 2013).

• The last time Harvard was the No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, the Crimson lost in Game 1 of the quarterfinals, then went on to win the Whitelaw Cup in 2006, defeating St. Lawrence in three games, Dartmouth in the semifinal, and Cornell in the championship game for head coach Ted Donato's first conference tournament title. In fact, two of Harvard's 10 ECAC Hockey Tournament titles (1971, 2006) have come as the No. 4 seed.