Donato's 17th Goal a Timely One as Harvard Skates To Tie Against Quinnipiac

Junior forward Ryan Donato helped Harvard earn a 2-2 tie against Quinnipiac on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
Junior forward Ryan Donato helped Harvard earn a 2-2 tie against Quinnipiac on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Trailing late in the third period junior forward Ryan Donato notched his 17th goal of the season with 3:27 to play to help Harvard men's ice hockey (8-6-3, 7-3-2 ECAC Hockey) earn a 2-2 tie against Quinnipiac (8-12-3, 4-7-2 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

Freshman forward Jack Badini scored for the second consecutive night, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 28 saves for Harvard which is unbeaten in its last six games (4-0-2).

Donato's goal came after a nice effort by junior forward Michael Floodstrand, who beat two Quinnipiac defenders down low and shoveled a backhand pass across the slot to Donato, who buried the scoring chance from in close.

In overtime, Donato nearly won it in the final seconds, but his wraparound attempt was denied by Quinnipiac goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (31 saves).

Quinnipiac struck first early on, scoring a power play goal at 12:29 of the opening period of play, as Bo Pieper crashed the net for a rebound to help the Bobcats take the early lead.

Harvard answered early on in the second period, as Badini got the puck after his linemates forced a neutral zone turnover, and the freshman forward beat Petruzzelli with a wrist shot from the left circle to tie the game at 6:43.

The Bobcats took the momentum into the final 20 minutes on a late power play goal in the second period, as Chase Priskie's one-timer into the top-corner gave Quinnipiac the lead at 18:28, setting up the frantic finish.

Harvard had several quality scoring chances in the overtime frame, including a hit post on a shot from sophomore Ty Pelton-Byce.

Harvard Highlights:

  • Junior forward Ryan Donato (goal) has points in 16 of 17 games this season. Donato leads the team with 25 points (17 goals, eight assists) and leads the nation with an average of 1.00 goals per game.
  • Freshman forward Jack Badini scored for the second consecutive game and now leads all Harvard freshmen with 11 points (six goals, five assists) on the year.
  • Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen (28 saves) has allowed just four even strength goals in the last six games – coinciding with Harvard's 4-0-2 streak. 

 Game Notes:

  • Harvard is unbeaten in its last four games against Quinnipiac (3-0-1).
  • Harvard is now 6-1-3 in its last 10 games, and is 5-1-1 in seven home games this season.
  • The Crimson improved to 19-1-4 in its last 24 games against ECAC Hockey opponents at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

What's Next:
Harvard hits the road for its annual North Country trip in ECAC Hockey play, beginning with a Friday night contest at Clarkson, with puck drop at 7 p.m..