Men's Ice Hockey Battles But Falls, 5-3, in Home Opener vs. No. 12/15 Quinnipiac

Senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage scored in Harvard's home opener against Quinnipiac. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- 
Senior captains Michael Floodstrand and Lewis Zerter-Gossage each scored, and defenseman Jack Rathbone (goal, assist) and Adam Fox (two assists) each had two points, but Harvard men's hockey (0-2-0, 0-2-0 ECAC Hockey) dropped its home opener to No. 12/15 Quinnipiac (6-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey), 5-3, on Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. 

Junior goaltender Cameron Gornet made 25 saves in his first start of the season.

Quinnipiac opened the scoring just 2:10 into the game when Chase Priskie scored off of a scramble in front. Then, with 25 seconds remaining in the first period Odeen Tufto took a backhand pass from Alex Whalen and put it past Gornet to make it 2-0.

The Bobcats then kept their momentum going just 55 seconds into the second period when Brandon Fortunato scored on a one time pass from Priskie on the power play. The Bobcats added another goal just over a minute later to make the score 4-0.

Harvard did its best to get back into the game later on in the second period when Rathbone scored from the left side of the circle, off of a pass from Nathan Krusko to make the score 4-1. Forty-three seconds later, Zerter-Gossage then scored on the backhand after a cross-ice pass from Adam Fox to get the Crimson within two.

Ethan de Jong then put Quinnipiac back up three with just over three minutes left in the second.

Floodstrand got the Crimson back within two (5-3) just over five minutes into the third period on a tip-in in front of the net, but the Crimson wouldn't get any closer. 

The Crimson outshot the Bobcats, 37-30, for the game. 

 Harvard Highlights
- Junior defenseman Adam Fox added two assists and has multiple points in his first two games to start the year. He leads the team with seven points (goal, six assists).
- Junior forward Colton Kerfoot added an assist. He has three points (goal, two assists) in two games after entering the year with two career points (two assists) in 18 games.
- Junior goaltender Cameron Gornet made his first career start at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, making 25 saves.

Game Notes
- Harvard finished the night 0-for-3 on the man advantage, while finishing 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
- Harvard's loss snapped a 3-0-1 run against Quinnipiac.
- Harvard has outshot its first two opponents of the season.

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