Junior defenseman Adam Fox had a goal and two assists to lead Harvard past Dartmouth.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior defenseman Adam Fox had a goal and two assists to lead No. 14/14 Harvard men's ice hockey (18-9-3) to a 3-1 win over Dartmouth (13-16-4) in Game 1 of their ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
In his fifth straight start, junior goaltender Cameron Gornet stopped 19 of 20 shots to earn the win in net, as Harvard rallied with two goals in the third period to finally pull away from the Big Green.
Not surprisingly it was Fox who made the key play midway through the final period of play, intercepting a pass in the neutral zone and finishing off a give-and-go with junior Colton Kerfoot (goal, assist) to put the Crimson in front 2-1 at 11:51.
In the final minutes of the third period, senior captain Michael Floodstrand made a diving play to get his stick on a puck, breaking up a would-be scoring chance on a rebound for Dartmouth. Then Kerfoot sealed the win with his empty-net goal at 18:46.
In a scoreless first period, Gornet made 10 saves, with several good stops in the opening minutes to keep Dartmouth off the board. His best stop came on a 2-on-0 down low for Dartmouth, as the goaltender slid to his left to make a pad stop on Quin Foreman at the 9:00 mark of the opening frame.
Dartmouth broke the scoreless deadlock at 7:50 of the second period, as Ryan Blankemeier put in a rebound chance to put the Big Green up 1-0. But just over a minute later, senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage evened the score, as his shot from the wing deflected off a Dartmouth skate in front of the net and past Adrian Clark (27 saves) at 9:08.
That set up a tense final period of play, with Fox providing the lift that Harvard needed to take Game 1.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (goal, two assists), recorded his team leading 12th multi-point game of the season. He now has a career best 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) on the season, three points shy of the school record for points by a Harvard defenseman in one season, set by Mark Fusco '83, who had 46 points (13-33-46) in 1982-83.
• Senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage leads the Crimson with 18 goals and now has eight goals in his last 11 games.
• First-year defenseman Jack Rathbone (assist) has points in his last five games and has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last nine games.
• Harvard will seek its fifth consecutive trip to Lake Placid and the ECAC semifinals tomorrow night. Harvard is seeking to become the third team in recent history to make five straight appearances at the league's championship weekend, joining Quinnipiac (2013-17) and Cornell (2008-12).
• Harvard moved to 9-5 all-time against Dartmouth in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.
• Harvard is unbeaten in its last nine games (8-0-1) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.