Men's Ice Hockey Relies on Penalty Kill, Timely Goals in 2-1 Win at Bentley

Sophomore forward Jack Donato scored the deciding goal early in the third period in Harvard's 2-1 win at Bentley. (Conner Grant)

WALTHAM, Mass. –
First-year forward Jack Drury and sophomore forward Jack Donato scored, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 24 saves to help Harvard men's ice hockey (5-4-2) earn a 2-1 win at Bentley (5-10-1).

Harvard held Bentley scoreless on four power play opportunities.

The Crimson held a 1-0 lead in the third period thanks to Drury's second period goal, then extended the lead to two goals on a great shot by Donato.

A quick transition and a great pass from junior Nathan Krusko led to a 2-on-1 chance for Harvard. Donato skated down the right wing and hit the top corner to give the Crimson a two-goal cushion.

Bentley scored at 13:06 to make it a one-goal game again, but the Crimson held off Bentley in the final minutes to seal the victory.

The two teams played a spirited first period, with Harvard holding a 9-8 edge on shots in the opening frame.

Lackey came up with perhaps his best save of the night, kicking out his left pad to stop a chance from right in front at 15:00 mark.

Harvard had its best chance of the frame on a late power play, as some great passing led to a chance for Lewis Zerter-Gossage in front, but Bentley's Aiden Pelino made the glove save at 16:06.

Early in the second period, Drury broke the scoreless tie, taking a pass from first-year Casey Dornbach at the right circle and firing a quick wrist shot past Pelino at 1:18 of the period to put Harvard up 1-0.

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year forward Jack Drury (goal) has points in three of his last four games (2-2-4).
  • First-year forward Casey Dornbach (assist) now has seven assists in his last four games and leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.45 points per game (2-14-16).
  • Senior goaltender Michael Lackey (24 saves) has allowed two goals or less in six of his last seven starts, and just one goal in four of those starts.

Game Notes

  • Harvard finished the night 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, the team's third perfect night on the penalty kill this season.
  • Harvard has held opponents to two goals or less in six of its last seven games.
  • The Crimson improved to 5-0-0 in the all-time series against Bentley. Tonight was Harvard's first game at the Bentley Arena.