No. 3 Harvard Beats Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 3/3 Harvard men's hockey extended its unbeaten streak to 10 with a 6-0 thrashing of Brown at the Meehan Auditorium Saturday night. Goaltenders Merrick Madsen and Cameron Gornetcombined for 23 saves in the shutout win, and sophomore Ryan Donato dished out a career-high four assists to pace the Crimson attack.

Harvard (20-5-2, 14-4-2 ECAC) continued its unbeaten streak against Brown (4-21-2, 3-16-1 ECAC), marking its eighth-straight victory and 10th consecutive game without a loss. The Crimson scored three goals in the opening period and never looked back, cruising for the decisive win.

The Crimson erupted out of the gate with a goal just 28 seconds into the game, as sophomore Lewis Zerter-Gossage blocked a shot on the defensive end, leading to Donato finding a trailing Jacob Olson for the goal. Freshman Adam Fox gave the Crimson its second goal of the game a few minutes later, cleaning up in front of the net for score.

Senior Alexander Kerfoot rounded out the scoring for Harvard late in the opening period. Kerfoot made it 3-0 with just 28 seconds left on the clock, finishing off a pass from Donato from the high slot. Junior Wiley Sherman was credited with an assist on the play as well.

Harvard kept its foot on the pedal in the second period, scoring two more goals to take a 5-0 lead at the end of the frame. Senior Tyler Moy recorded both scores, giving him four goals over the two-game stretch this weekend. Moy's first goal came on a 2-on-1 situation on a nice setup from senior Luke Esposito, and his second was a one-timer on the feed from Fox on a 5-on-3 power play. 

The Crimson added another tally in the third period, as senior Phil Zielonka ripped one past the Brown keeper right out of the faceoff for the goal. Junior Jake Horton won the faceoff and freshman Nathan Krusko quickly tipped it to Zielonka who took care of the rest.

Along with Donato's four helpers, eight different Crimson skaters recorded an assist. Harvard outshot the Bears 34-23, including 23-11 through two frames.

Madsen stopped all 11 shots that he faced in two periods of action, and Gornet preserved the shutout with 12 stops in the third period.

Harvard returns to action for the final weekend of the regular season when it hosts Clarkson and St. Lawrence next weekend, Feb. 24-25.