PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior defenseman Reilly Walsh scored a go-ahead power play goal in the second period, and first-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson stopped 28 shots to lead No. 12/13 Harvard men's ice hockey (4-0-0, 4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) to a 4-1 road win over Brown (2-3-0, 2-3-0 ECAC Hockey) at Meehan Auditorium.
Harvard has won four straight games to start the season for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Junior forward Henry Bowlby scored for the third consecutive game, and third period goals form R.J. Murphy and Casey Dornbach helped the Crimson pull away late. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese had two assists on the night.
For the fourth straight game to start the season, the Crimson scored first. A beautiful stretch pass from defenseman Ryan Siedem found the tape of Bowlby, who found the top corner with a backhand at 13:34 to make it 1-0 Harvard.
In a second period full of penalties, each team tallied a power play goal, with Harvard scoring on its fourth power play chance of the frame to retake the lead. Brown's Chase Berger tied the game at 15:03 on a shot that deflected off a skate in front of the net.
But Walsh answered for the Crimson, as his one-timer off a feed from Abruzzese helped Harvard pull back ahead 2-1 with 1:02 remaining in the period.
Two quick goals from R.J. Murphy and Casey Dornbach in first five minutes of the third period gave Harvard a comfortable lead. Murphy forced a neutral zone turnover to set up a 3-on-1. His shot from the right circle beat Brown goaltender Luke Kania on the short side at 1:25.
Harvard made it 4-1 on Dornbach's wrist shot from the left circle at 4:41, and the Crimson held off Brown the rest of the way to earn the road win.
- Harvard has scored first in each of its first four games this season.
- Harvard has won 10 of its last 11 games against Brown, including the last three meetings.
- Harvard has scored 21 goals in its first four games (5.25 goals per game).
- First-year Nick Abruzzese (two assists) and sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone (assist) have points in each of Harvard's first four games. Abruzzese leads the team with eight points (two goals, six assists) on the season.