#18 Harvard (8-5-2; 7-3 ECAC) took on Yale (6-9; 4-7 ECAC) in the third ever Rivalry on Ice at Madison Square Garden. The turnout for this game was impressive. Both teams had a considerable fan section, but the Bulldog fans roared like they were at The Whale, the nickname for rink Yale plays their games at. The last time this rivalry took place, the game ended in a 3-3 draw. However, the outcome of this game could not be farther from a similar result. The Crimson showed Yale why they are deserving of their #18 rank, by the USCHO, by decimating the Bulldogs 7-0.
Harvard was in control of this game from the start, after Jack Drury opened the game up with a goal 7 minutes into the contest. Although having more time of possession and more shots, Harvard only managed one goal in the first period.
During the first intermission, New York Rangers and Yale hockey legend Mike Richter participated in “The Last Game”, which was created by NJ Devils icon Slava Fetisov and climate activist Sergey Rybakov. This game was created to spread awareness to climate change and what we can do to help fix it. Other notable names that participated in “The Last Game” include former NHL players Stephane Matteau, Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro, along with a few UN officials, New York City first responders, and Harvard and Yale alumni.
In the second period, two more Crimson added to the box score when Nathan Krusko and Jack Donato dropped back-to-back unanswered goals. The third period was more of the same, as Casey Dornbach and RJ Murphy helped the cause by scoring goals of their own. The third period was not only special for Harvard as a team, but also for the Sophomore forward Jack Drury, who scored two more goals to complete the hat trick while simultaneously scoring his 7th goal of the season.
A total of five players from Harvard scored a goal, which shows that this offense is selfless and distributes the puck exceptionally. Goalie Mitchell Gibson also helped his team by not letting up one goal the whole game while his team went on a scoring frenzy. Harvard looks to mimic this performance next game, as they host St Lawrence on Friday, January 17. Yale hosts Union, whom they previously beat 2-0, on the same day.
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