CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Harvard men's hockey team (11-5-1, 7-4-1 ECAC) led twice, but Dartmouth (7-8-3, 4-5-2 ECAC) battled back both times and knocked off the Crimson, 8-4, at Thompson Arena Tuesday night.
Ryan Donato recorded his seventh multi-point game of the season, scoring once and dishing out two assists. Devin Tringale, Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Tyler Moy also scored for the Crimson. Both teams finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play.
The Crimson were in control early, jumping out a 2-0 lead on its fellow Ancient Eight member. Donato recorded the game's first goal at 13:54 when he stole the puck in the neutral zone and then finished the solo rush with a rising wrister to the goaltender's glove side. Just over two minutes later, Tringale made it a 2-0 Harvard lead when he sent the puck towards the center of the net from behind the end line and it deflected off a Dartmouth skate and past an unprepared Devin Buffalo in goal for the Big Green.
Dartmouth tallied the next three goals to take the lead at 3-2 just 3:24 into the second period. Prior to the end of the first Troy Crema scored to make it a 2-1 contest at the intermission. The Big Green struck on the power play 2:24 into the second frame, as Kevan Kilistoff knocked in a rebound after Wiley Sherman made a block on the initial shot attempt from the point. Exactly one minute later, Shane Sellar scored to put Dartmouth ahead.
Harvard responded with a pair of goals itself separated by 1:21. The first came at 5:23 when Zerter-Gossage, working from the end boards, carried the puck toward the front of the net and then lifted a backhanded shot from the doorstep over Buffalo. The Crimson then took the lead back on the man advantage, as Tyler Moy blasted a shot from the left face-off circle past Buffalo off a setup pass from Adam Fox at the point.
Harvard's lead held until just under five minutes left in the period when Ryan Blankemeier scored to knot the game at 4-4. Grant Opperman gave the Big Green the lead for good with 52 seconds left in the period. Connor Yau scored at 3:08 of the third to give Dartmouth a two-goal edge and then the Big Green tacked on empty netters from Crema and Charley Michalowski at the end to round out the scoring.
Harvard will look to bounce back Friday evening, hosting Brown at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 7 p.m.