Dornbach's OT Game-Winner Helps Men's Ice Hockey Beat RPI, 3-2

Harvard celebrates after first-year forward Casey Dornbach scored the game-winner in overtime to lift Harvard past RPI. (Zachary Webster)

 First-year forward Casey Dornbach scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Harvard men's ice hockey (6-4-2, 3-3-2 ECAC Hockey) to a 3-2 (OT) win over Rensselaer (4-14-0, 3-6-0 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Dornbach had a goal and an assist to lead the Crimson, while senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage (goal, assist) and first-year forward Baker Shore (goal) added goals in the first period.

Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 24 saves to improve to 6-3-1 on the season.

On the game-winner, Zerter-Gossage's initial shot on net was stopped by RPI goaltender Owen Savory (40 saves), but the rebound deflected off the leg of Dornbach and into the net at 2:58 of the extra frame.

It was Zerter-Gossage that got things going for Harvard in the opening period, as he scored off an odd-man rush, finishing off a great two-on-one pass from Dornbach at 10:03 to put the Crimson ahead 1-0.

Later on in the opening frame at 16:46, after several shifts in the RPI defensive zone, Harvard went ahead 2-0. First-year Baker Shore redirected a shot from Reilly Walsh into the net for his second goal of the season.

The Engineers answered just over a minute later on a shot through traffic from the point at 18:09.

Each team traded power plays in a scoreless second period, with the Crimson dominating possession on its man advantage. But neither team could get one across the goal line.

The Engineers quickly tied the game in the opening minute of the third period, scoring on a 2-on-1 at :46. That set up the frantic finish, with the Crimson picking up a much needed two points in league play.

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year forward Casey Dornbach (goal, assist) has points in three straight games (goal, four assists) and leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.50 points per game (3-15-18). It was his seventh multiple-point effort of the season.
  • Senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage (goal, assist), is tied for third in the nation with an average of .75 goals per game. He leads the team with nine goals on the year.
  • Senior goaltender Michael Lackey (24 saves) has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last eight starts, and just one goal in four of those starts.

Game Notes

  • Harvard finished the night 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, the team's fourth perfect night on the penalty kill this season.
  • Harvard has held opponents to two goals or less in seven of its last eight games.
  • Harvard has won four of its last five games and is 5-0-0 in its last five games against RPI at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.