First-year forward Nick Abruzzese contributed two goals on three occasions in his rookie campaign, including in a rivalry game against Yale on home ice.
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Harvard goalie Cameron Gornet made his first start in three weeks on Friday night against Yale. The Crimson tied the Bulldogs, 4-4.
A consistent strength for the Crimson has been its top line. Initially made up of its top three scorers, Dornbach, Drury, and Abruzzese, the coaching staff has taken to replacing Dornbach with rookie John Farinacci when making adjustments.
Gornet's .907 save percentage is a few points lower than his teammate Gibson's, but Harvard's two goalies both have the same winning percentage.
Despite the Crimson's poor start, a late surge allowed Harvard to tie the game.
Abruzzese's two goals and two assists mark the first four-point effort of the rookie's collegiate career.
The Crimson skated past the Big Green Friday night to earn its third and fourth points against the conference foe this season.
Harvard-Yale matchups promise to be hard-fought, physical, and fast-paced, irrespective of the teams' records entering a given contest.
In a mid-November clash, the Crimson handled the Elis to the tune of 6-1. The game, however, was closer than the score would indicate.
Meetings between the Crimson and the Bulldogs often possess a chippy element, adding to the entertainment factor that the Madison Square Garden audience eagerly anticipates.
Clashes between the Crimson and the Bulldogs tend to be fast-paced and close, but it took Harvard less than a minute to take the lead on Saturday.
After several high-scoring contests, the Crimson leads the country in goals per game played (5.40) this year.
Gornet's .976 save percentage came with another 40+ save performance. His number on the season (.955 SV%) is good for second in the country, behind only his teammate, rookie Mitchell Gibson.