Badini's Late Game-Winner Lifts No. 15/18 Men's Ice Hockey Past SLU, 3-2

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Jack Badini's goal at 18:38 of the third period helped Harvard beat St. Lawrence, 3-2.

CANTON, N.Y. –
Sophomore forward Jack Badini's redirection at 18:38 of the third period helped No. 15/18 Harvard men's ice hockey (14-7-3, 10-5-2 ECAC Hockey) earn a 3-2 win at St. Lawrence (4-24-1, 2-14-1 ECAC Hockey).

First-year forward Casey Dornbach and senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage each scored, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey had 18 saves to earn the win in net.

Harvard owned a 40-20 edge in shots on net, but trailed 2-1 heading into the third period before a gritty effort in the third period helped the Crimson pull off the comeback. 

Zerter-Gossage scored at 7:08, putting in his own rebound to tie the game after a wild scramble in front of the net.

Then with just over a minute to play, junior defenseman Adam Fox fired a wrist shot into traffic, with the shot deflecting off the leg of Badini into the net for the game-winner.   

Harvard found itself in an early two-goal hole after the Saints scored twice from just outside the crease in the opening 10 minutes of play, with David Jankowski (6:18) and Ryan Garvey (9:56) giving St. Lawrence a 2-0 lead.

But Dornbach answered on a play set up by sophomore forward Henry Bowlby. Bowlby skated behind the St. Lawrence net with speed, and found Dornbach on the backdoor for an easy finish at 13:01.

Harvard owned an 18-4 advantage in shots on net in the second period, and had several quality scoring chances, but remained down a goal heading into the final period of play. Zerter-Gossage had two good chances in the final 10 minutes of the frame, driving the net from the left wing for a jam attempt, and then later firing a shot off the shoulder of SLU goaltender Emil Zetterquist on a partial breakaway.

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh (assist) extended his point streak to four games.
  • Sophomore forward Jack Badini (goal) has scored in three straight games.
  • Senior goaltender Michael Lackey has allowed two goals or less in 15 of 23 starts this season.

Game Notes

  • Harvard has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0) overall and six straight in ECAC Hockey play
  • Harvard has won nine straight in the series against St. Lawrence.
  • Harvard finished 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, and has been a perfect 13-for-13 on the PK in its last five games.