CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Alexander Kerfoot dished out four assists, while sophomore Ryan Donato and freshman Adam Fox each had a goal and two helpers, leading the No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey team (6-2-1) to a 5-2 victory over Bentley (3-6-3) Saturday at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Kerfoot is the first Harvard player to have four assists in a game since Colin Blackwell '16 accomplished that feat March 16, 2012 against Cornell. Fox was one of two rookies to get their first collegiate goal Saturday, joining Nathan Krusko. Harvard's power play finished 2-for-5 in the game and goalie Merrick Madsen made 32 saves.
Fox was the first player in the scoresheet, finding the back of the mesh on the power play at 12:31. The Crimson headed into the offensive zone on the right side with Tyler Moy and Kerfoot, but the initial shot attempt careened off the goaltender's pads to the stick of Adam Fox who patiently held the puck until he found a clear lane for a glove-side wrister.
The Crimson doubled its lead to 2-0 when Kerfoot set Lewis Zerter-Gossage up for his sixth of the season. Kerfoot carried the puck behind the Bentley net and back again out the other side before feeding Zerter-Gossage in front for another wrister.
Donato made it a 3-0 lead at 5:59 of the second when he swiftly moved behind the net and used his backhand to pot the puck in the back of the cage before the Bentley netminder had time to get across the crease. Kerfoot and Clay Anderson picked up the assists on the play.
Bentley got on the board at 13:20 when Ryner Gorowsky cleaned up a rebound in front. Harvard got that goal back though, scoring with nine seconds remaining in the second on the power play. Anderson ripped a shot from the top of the left face-off circle that Krusko redirected by a reaching Bentley goaltender.
Bentley looked to swing the momentum in its favor late, as Kyle Schmidt scored on the power play at 17:26, but an empty-netter in the final minute by Sean Malone sealed the win for the Crimson.
Harvard returns to ECAC Hockey action next weekend, traveling to North Country to face St. Lawrence and Clarkson.