No. 18 Men's Ice Hockey Rolls Yale, 7-0, In Rivalry on Ice at MSG

Harvard defeated Yale, 7-0, in the Rivalry on Ice game at Madison Square Garden. (Matt Dewkett)
Harvard defeated Yale, 7-0, in the Rivalry on Ice game at Madison Square Garden. (Matt Dewkett)
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Jack Drury recorded four points (3-1-4), including his first career hat trick, classmates Casey Dornbach and R.J. Murphy added a goal and an assist each, and first-year Nick Abruzzese had two assists to lead No. 18 Harvard men's ice hockey (8-5-2) to a 7-0 win over Yale (6-9-0) in the Rivalry on Ice game at Madison Square Garden.

First-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson (27 saves) and senior goaltender Cameron Gornet (four saves) combined to earn the team shutout in net.

The Crimson got off to a fast start, outshooting Yale, 18-9, in the opening period of play and taking a 1-0 lead on their first power play opportunity of the night.

With Yale's Jack St. Ivany in the penalty box for contact to the head on Colton Kerfoot, first-year forward Nick Abruzzese's pass to the slot found the stick of Drury, who quickly redirected the puck into the net at 12:54 to give Harvard the lead.

Gibson was up to the task on several Yale chances in the opening 20 minutes, turning away a Chandler Lindstrand drive from the left circle at the 15:00 mark on one of the Bulldogs' best chances of the frame.

Harvard responded to Yale's pushback in the second period, scoring early in the frame on a great play by Krusko. The senior captain made a quick stop behind the Yale net, cut to the front and beat Kaczperski low to make it 2-0 at 1:33.

Then midway through the period, Donato's one-timer off a feed from Baker Shore at 10:25 gave Harvard a 3-0 lead.

The Crimson pulled away in the third period, potting four goals, as Drury notched his second of the night at 4:11 on a beautiful wrist shot off a feed from R.J. Murphy.

A Yale defensive zone turnover led to a 3-on-1, with Dornbach completing a series of passes with his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 6:27 off a pass from Abruzzese.

Drury completed his first collegiate hat trick, jamming in a centering feed from Dornbach at 12:14.

Just eight seconds later, Murphy completed the scoring for Harvard, benefitting from a carom off the Zamboni door into the slot that put the Yale goaltender out of position. 

Game Notes
- Harvard won it's second straight game at Madison Square Garden and won the Rivalry on Ice contest against Yale for the first time in program history.
- Harvard recorded its most lopsided win against Yale since a 12-1 road win against the Bulldogs on Dec. 11, 1993.
- Sophomore forward Jack Drury (3-1-4) recorded his first career hat trick and the first four-point night by a Crimson player this season
- Sophomore Casey Dornbach (goal, assist) has nine points (4-5-9) in his last six games, with a six game point scoring streak. He leads the team with 21 points (9-12-21) on the year.
- Harvard finished the night 1-for-1 on the man advantage, and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, and has a power play goal in 12 of its last 13 games. Harvard is 14-for-51 (27.5%) on the season on the power play.