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Special Teams Success Drives No. 13/13 Men’s Hockey Past Arizona State, 7-0

Ryan Donato scored twice in Friday's victory (Eric Classen).

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The No. 13/13 Harvard men's hockey team (1-0-0, 0-0-0 ECAC) was 2-for-4 on the power play and also scored two shorthanded goals as it routed Arizona State (1-6-0), 7-0, in its season opener Friday night at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Tyler Moy (2G, 1A) and Luke Esposito (1G, 2A) led the Crimson offense with three points apiece, while Ryan Donato chipped in two goals.

The win improves Harvard to 4-0-1 in its last five season openers, with all four victories coming via the shutout. The 7-0 final score also matches the Crimson's winning tally at Dartmouth in last year's opening contest. Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 23 stops Friday night to earn his fifth career shutout.

Tyler Moy scored the Crimson's first goal of the 2016-17season, beating the Sun Devils netminder with a quick deke and a backhanded flick of the puck at 16:58 of the first. Linemates Luke Esposito and Sean Malone collected assists on the play.

Harvard's momentum continued to garner steam towards the end of the period, as ASU's Robbie Bailargeon was whistled for hooking at 17:44, giving the Crimson its second power play of the game. Lewis Zerter-Gossage quickly made ASU pay for the miscue, finding the back of the net 45 seconds into the man advantage. Moy was in on the action again, setting Zerter-Gossage up for the strike, while freshman Adam Fox earned the second assist, the first of his collegiate career. Harvard finished the period 1-for-2 on the power play, while the penalty kill unit cleared both of ASU's man-up opportunities.

Harvard continued to attack the Sun Devils' net throughout the first half of the second frame, potting two more goals. Esposito notched his first goal of the year when he was able to jam home a free puck on a rush right in front of Joey Daccord, the ASU goaltender. The play started with Clay Anderson leading a pass to Esposito in the neutral zone. Esposito played a quick give-and-go with Malone to his left and finished on the doorstep.

The Crimson's next goal came in the form of a shorthanded tally from the stick of Ryan Donato. Alexander Kerfoot led a charge into the ASU zone before dropping a pass to Donato who buried a wrister inside the right post. Harvard's defense kept the momentum tilted in its favor, shutting down a Sun Devils 5-on-3 opportunity midway through the period.

With less than five minutes remaining in the second period, Moy one-timed home his second goal of the game, easily finding mesh off a stick-to-stick pass from Esposito. Wiley Sherman earned the second assist, keeping the puck in zone and slipping it to Esposito along the right wall.

Harvard tacked on two more goals in the final period, its second power play and shorthanded scores of the night to bring the final count to 7-0. Donato scored the power play strike at 3:49 off a feed from Zerter-Gossage. John Marino earned his first collegiate goal at 17:31 when he stole the puck in the neutral zone and then finished off a terrific piece of passing in the ASU zone with fellow rookie Nathan Krusko, who earned his first point in a Harvard uniform on the play.

The Crimson and ASU are back at it Saturday night at Oceanside Ice Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Face-off is set for 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).

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