Big Third Period Helps No. 17 Men's Ice Hockey Defeat Dartmouth, 6-2

Jack Drury scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season in Harvard's 6-2 win at Dartmouth.
Jack Drury scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season in Harvard's 6-2 win at Dartmouth.
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HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore forward Jack Drury and first-year forward Nick Abruzzese each had a goal and an assist to help No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey (11-7-4, 9-4-3 ECAC Hockey) earn a 6-2 win at Dartmouth (10-9-4, 7-7-2 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Feb. 7) at Thompson Arena.

Junior forward Jack Badini and first-year forward Austin Wong scored first-period goals to help Harvard build an early 2-1 lead. First-year forward John Farinacci and senior captain Nathan Krusko added third-period goals, and first-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson made 22 saves to help Harvard earn the win.

The Crimson scored three times in the third period to blow open what was a 3-2 hockey game late in the third period.

Harvard got off to a great start, as sophomore forward Jack Badini scored his fifth goal of the season on a breakaway, cutting to his backhand and scooping a shot past Dartmouth goaltender Adrian Clark at 3:16.

Dartmouth's Drew O'Connor evened the score on a put back in front at 7:11.

But Harvard capitalized on back-to-back penalties on the Big Green, including a 5-minute major on Brendan Demier at 10:49.

Wong scored his second of the season, as the initial shot by sophomore defenseman Rifai bounced off the cross bar and right to his stick in front for the rebound goal at 14:28.

Harvard's penalty kill came up with three big kills in the second period, and the Crimson tacked on to its lead to take a two-goal advantage heading into the third.

A beautiful sequence of passes, from junior defenseman Reilly Walsh to sophomore forward Jack Drury and finally to first-year forward Nick Abruzzese in front led to an open net chance. Abruzzese found the net at 4:57 to put Harvard up 3-1.

After Daniel Warpecha scored (5:53) to make it a one-goal game early in the third period, Gibson came up with several key stops to keep the Crimson in front. Then Abruzzese found Drury skating alone down the left wing for a breakaway, and the sophomore forward beat Clark high at 14:47.

With the Dartmouth net empty, Farinacci made a great defensive play to force a turnover, then found the empty net from just inside the blue line at 18:48 to seal the win. Krusko was set up in front by Kerfoot in the final minute for another score at 19:38. 

Game Notes
- Sophomore forward Jack Drury (goal, assist) has 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in his last 10 games with a 10-game point game streak.
- First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (goal, assist) now has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last nine games.
- Harvard's power play added another power play goal, and the Crimson has now scored at least one power play goal in 18 of 22 games this season. Harvard recorded its 10th perfect effort on the penalty kill (4-for-4).
- Harvard has won five games in a row in the series against Dartmouth.