RPI falls to No. 15/16 Harvard

RPI falls to No. 15/16 Harvard

TROY, N.Y. – The 16th-ranked Harvard University men's hockey team scored four unanswered goals to top Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 4-1, on Friday night at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Crimson improve to 17-8-3 overall (13-6-2 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 10-20-3 (7-12-2 ECAC Hockey).

A power play goal by RPI junior Chase Zieky (Avon, CT/Salmon Arm Silverbacks) opened the scoring at 3:25 of the first period. Classmate Will Reilly (Toronto, ON/Nanaimo Clippers) started the play with a shot from the left point that was stopped by Harvard junior goaltender Cameron Gornet (St. Louis, MO/Sioux City Musketeers). Gornet then got in front of a follow up effort by RPI freshman Jakub Lacka (Bratislava, Slovakia/Central Illinois Flying Aces), before Zieky was able to finish off his eighth goal of the season on the doorstep.

Midway through the second, the Crimson struck for two quick goals to during a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Freshman Casey Dornbach (Edina, MN/Lincoln Stars) buried a rebound of his own at 11:26 of the frame, before classmate Jack Rathbone (West Roxbury, MA/Dexter School) fired a shot over the right shoulder of RPI goaltender Owen Savory (Cambridge, ON/St. Catharines Falcons) for his sixth goal of the season a minute and a half later.

RPI had a number of opportunities to draw even, including a shot by senior Brady Wiffen (St. Mary's, ON/Trenton Golden Hawks) that glanced off the left post, after receiving a centering pass from junior Jacob Hayhurst (Mississauga, ON/Cedar Rapids Roughriders).

The visitors added to their lead late in the third, as freshman Jack Drury (Winnerka, IL/Waterloo Blackhawks) capitalized on a give-and-go with sophomore Henry Bowlby (Edina, MN/Lincoln Stars) to make it 3-1 at 14:23. Freshman RJ Murphy (Needham, MA/West Kelowna Warriors) capped the scoring with his second goal of the campaign at 16:29.

Gornet (3-2-0) had 19 saves, including 11 in the first period, while Savory (5-12-3) had 29 stops at the other end of the ice. RPI finished 1 for 2 on the man advantage and Harvard was 0 for 3.

The Engineers, who will be on the road for the opening round the ECAC Hockey Playoffs next weekend, are back in action tomorrow, when they host Dartmouth College for Senior Night (7pm). Harvard travels to Schenectady to take on Union College tomorrow (7pm).