Dornbach's Big Night Helps No. 17 Men's Ice Hockey to 5-4 Win Over Arizona State in 3-on-3 OT

Harvard defeated Arizona State, 5-4, in 3-on-3 overtime on Sunday afternoon in the SoCal Clash.
Harvard defeated Arizona State, 5-4, in 3-on-3 overtime on Sunday afternoon in the SoCal Clash.
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IRVINE, Calif. – Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach had a goal and two assists, adding the game-winner in a 3-on-3 exhibition overtime to help lead No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey (7-4-1) to a 5-4 win over No. 14/16 Arizona State (10-7-3) on Sunday afternoon in the SoCal Clash at FivePoint Arena. The game will count as a tie in the NCAA record books.

First-year defenseman Ryan Siedem, sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone, and first-year forward Nick Abruzzese added goals for the Crimson, and goaltender Mitchell Gibson made 29 saves in net.

Harvard held a 3-0 lead early in the second period, but the Sun Devils stormed back to tie the game midway through the third period to set up the exciting finish.

Siedem got the scoring started for Harvard, crashing the net for a rebound at 6:57 of the first period to make it 1-0. A beautiful pass by Abruzzese to Dornbach in the slot set up Harvard's second goal of the night, as Dornbach found the top corner at 15:04 to make it 2-0, which was the score after 20 minutes of play.

Harvard scored quickly on its first power play chance of the night early in the second period, as Rathbone's shot through traffic eluded Arizona State goaltender Max Prawdzik at 2:48. Prawdzik (12 saves) was then pulled in favor of Evan Debrouwer (16 saves). But the Sun Devils responded just 12 seconds later on Joshua Maniscaclo's shot from the point. It was a one-goal game after Austin Lemieux scored at 4:04.

Abruzzese helped Harvard regain some momentum, taking a flip pass from Dornbach and beating DeBrouwer low at 11:34 of the second period.

The Sun Devils scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the third period, with Willie Knierim (5:37) and PJ Marrocco (7:14) potting goals to make it 4-4.

Harvard had its chances to score the game-winning goal in overtime, as Rathbone had two scoring opportunities alone in front that did not find the back of the net.

But in the extra 3-on-3 session, with Harvard on the power play, junior defenseman Reilly Walsh found Dornbach with a high-low pass that was redirected into the top corner at the 3:08 mark.

Game Notes
- First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (goal, assist) has a goal in four straight contests and points (4-2-6) in five straight games. 
- Sophomore Casey Dornbach (goal, two assists) recorded his fifth multi-point game of the season and fourth three-point effort of the year. He leads the team with 17 points (7-10-17) on the year.
- Harvard finished the night 1-for-2 on the man advantage, and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The Crimson is now 23.8% (10-for-42) on the man advantage and 87.2% (34-for-39) on the penalty kill.
- Harvard has scored first in 9 of 12 contests and is 7-1-1 in games where it scores the first goal.