IRVINE, Calif. – First-year forward Austin Wong scored his first career goal to kick off a three-goal second period, and classmate Mitchell Gibson made a season-high 43 saves in net to help No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey (7-4-0) earn a 4-1 win over No. 14/16 Arizona State (10-7-2) at FivePoint Arena.
First-year forward Nick Abruzzese scored in the third period to round out the scoring for the Crimson.
The game was the first Division I college hockey contest in the state of California since the 1999 Frozen Four.
After an evenly played first period, Wong put the Crimson on the scoreboard at 9:54 of the middle frame. First-year defenseman Ryan Siedem made a cross ice pass to the slot to Wong, who fired a low shot past Arizona State goaltender Evan DeBrouwer (20 saves).
Then just 42 seconds later, Badini crashed the net for a rebound off a Henry Bowlby shot to make it 2-0 at 10:36.
Minutes later, Dornbach forced a turnover at the right wing, cut to the net alone, and beat DeBrouwer at 13:51 to give Harvard a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Sun Devils responded on a power play opportunity early in the third period, as Joshua Maniscalco's shot from the point beat Gibson at the :40 mark.
But another forced turnover for Harvard helped the Crimson regain the three-goal advantage. First-year John Farinacci got in front of an Arizona State breakout pass and quickly fed Abruzzese, who fired a shot that deflected off a defenseman and in at 6:08 of the third period.
- First-year forward Nick Abruzzese has a goal in three straight contests and points (3G, A) in four straight games.
- Anaheim Ducks prospects Jack Badini (goal, +2, 13-of-17 on draws), and Henry Thrun (+3) had excellent games for the Crimson.
- Harvard has scored first in 8 of 11 contests and is 7-1 in games where it scores the first goal.