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Donato's Hat Trick Propels Harvard to ECAC Semis

Crimson junior's ridiculous end-to-end rush finished it off

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Ryan Donato's stellar season continued over the weekend as the Harvard junior notched his fifth career hat trick on Sunday afternoon to propel the Crimson to the ECAC semifinals.

The 21-year-old finished off the hatty with a ridiculous end-to-end rush, which included flipping the puck above two Dartmouth defenders, losing a glove, and corralling the bouncing rubber, before finally jamming it home at the net front.

Harvard's 4-2 victory over the Big Green secured a 2-1 series win and clinched a date with Clarkson in Lake Placid, N.Y., next weekend.

Donato's second goal of the night came at 8:03 of the second period and broke a 1-1 tie to put the Crimson up for good.

The 2014 second-round pick got Harvard on the board with a one-timer from the right circle midway through the first period. The first-period tally was the 100th point of Donato's career, making him the 32nd 100-point scorer in Harvard history. His 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) this season are career single-season highs. Donato's 26 goals rank fourth in the nation.

The Scituate, Mass., native returned to the Crimson for the final few games of the regular season after leading Team USA with five goals in five games during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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  • Providence split its two games over the weekend. Ryan Fitzgerald, the Bruins' 2013 fourth-round pick, potted both goals - including the overtime winner - in a 2-1 victory over Rochester on Friday. Defenseman Paul Postma assisted on both tallies. In a 4-3 loss to Toronto on Saturday, Colby Cave (two goals) and Kenny Agostino scored, while Anton Blidh added two assists. Zane McIntyre made 34 saves on 38 shots.
  • Jack Studnicka, Boston's second-round pick last season, had a hat trick in Oshawa's 6-2 win over Mississauga on Friday, before adding another goal in the Generals' 6-4 loss to Hamilton on Sunday. Bruins goalie prospect Kyle Keyser made 40 saves for Oshawa in the Friday night victory. Studnicka has 21 goals and 47 assists for 68 points in 64 games this season.
  • Bruins forward prospect Cedric Pare had a goal and two assists in the Saint John Sea Dogs' 6-4 loss to Moncton on Saturday night. The 2017 sixth-round pick has 12 goals and 23 assists for 35 points in 57 games this season.
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