Men's Ice Hockey Battles BU to 2-2 Tie at Bright-Landry

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Harvard earned a 2-2 tie against Boston University on Tuesday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. (Conner Grant)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
 Senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage and junior defenseman Adam Fox scored, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 29 saves to help Harvard men's ice hockey (6-4-3) earn a 2-2 tie against Boston University (6-8-3) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Harvard moved to 4-1-1 in its last six games, and 6-2-3 in its last 11 contests.

The Crimson, which trailed 1-0 late in the second period, added two quick goals, the first from Fox at 16:57 to tie the game.

A great play by sophomore forward Jack Badini set up the score. Badini eluded a BU defender and fed cross ice to Fox, who beat BU goaltender Jake Oettinger over the shoulder to even the game at 1-1.

Then early on in the third period, Harvard took its first lead of the night on a power play goal from Zerter-Gossage. Some great puck movement by the Crimson led to a shot from the right circle by first-year forward Casey Dornbach. The puck deflected off the stick of first-year Jack Drury and right to Zerter-Gossage in the slot, who scored his team leading 10th goal of the year at 1:36.

The Terriers tied the game with a power play goal of their own at 5:54 of the third period from Joel Farabee, setting up an exciting finish.

Both Lackey and Oettinger made several excellent stops at the end of regulation and in overtime to help both teams earn the tie.

BU struck first early on in the first period on a 2-on-1, with Matthew Quercia scoring for the Terriers to help the visitors take a 1-0 lead in a period otherwise controlled by the Crimson. Harvard went scoreless on two power play opportunities in the opening frame.

In the second period, the Terriers outshot the Crimson, 13-8, but it was Harvard that turned the momentum of the game late in the period.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage (goal), is second in the nation with an average of .77 goals per game. He leads the team with 10 goals on the year.
  • Senior goaltender Michael Lackey (29 saves) has allowed two goals or less in eight of his last nine starts, and just one goal in four of those starts.
  • Sophomore defenseman Adam Fox (goal) matched his career high for goals in a season (6) and is second in the nation with 1.62 points per game.

Game Notes

  • Harvard finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play, and leads the nation in power play percentage (18-for-50, 36.0%).
  • Harvard has held opponents to two goals or less in eight of its last nine games. It is now in the top half of teams in the nation (24th) in scoring defense (2.62 goals allowed/game)