TROY, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach notched his first career hat trick to lead No. 8/10 Harvard men's ice hockey (6-0-0, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey) to a 6-3 win at Rensselaer (4-6-1, 2-4-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Nov. 22) at Houston Field House.
Junior forward Henry Bowlby scored just :54 into the game, sophomore forward Baker Shore added a second period goal, and senior forward Frederic Gregoire scored in the third period to help Harvard seal the win.
Harvard got off to a flying start, with two goals in the opening two-plus minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Bowlby redirected a shot from first-year defenseman Henry Thrun past RPI goaltender Owen Savory (19 saves) at :54 to put the Crimson up early on.
Then just over a minute later, Dornbach was tripped up on a breakaway chance, setting up a penalty shot. Dornbach beat Savory low at the 2:26 mark, giving the Crimson its first penalty shot goal in 17 years and putting Harvard ahead 2-0.
The Engineers responded with goals from Cory Babichuk at 5:02 and Chase Zieky at 10:12 to tie the game. But Harvard added a late goal, as Shore's rebound chance off an initial shot by senior forward Colton Kerfoot put Harvard back ahead.
In a second period that saw the Engineers outshoot Harvard, 16-3, the Crimson maintained a one-goal lead thanks to timely saves from senior goaltender Cam Gornet, who replaced Gibson at the 1:50 mark of the frame.
RPI tied the game on a 3-on-2 down low finished off by Todd Burgess at 6:06 of the period.
But the Crimson regained the lead on a late power play chance, as a pass from sophomore forward Jack Drury found Dornbach in front alone, and the sophomore found the top corner to make it 4-3 at 16:03.
Dornbach completed the hat trick after Abruzzese found him all alone to the left of the net at 3:05 of the third period. The play started when Drury corralled a loose puck behind the net and found Abruzzese in front.
Gregoire forced another RPI turnover, intercepting a pass through the middle of the ice, cutting to the net alone and beating Savory with a backhander at 7:17 to make it 6-3.
- Casey Dornbach's penalty shot goal was Harvard's first since Dominic Moore '03 scored on a penalty shot on Jan. 12, 2002 in a 4-2 win against Yale.
- Dornbach recorded the first Harvard hat trick since Ryan Donato '19 notched a hat trick on March 11, 2018.
- With a goal in the first period, Henry Bowlby now has a team-high five game point streak.
- Harvard has scored first in all six games this season.
- Harvard has scored 33 goals in its first six games (5.5 goals per game).