Harvard Welcomes No. 10 BC to Bright Wednesday
Chad Morin helped the Crimson shut out BC during his freshman year (photo from 2009 Beanpot courtesy Steve Babineau).
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The Harvard men’s hockey team meets crosstown rival No. 10 Boston College Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Bright Hockey Center in a preview of a Beanpot semifinal matchup. The Crimson is playing its final game before a layoff of nearly three weeks.
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Live video of the game will be available with a Crimson Video subscription on GoCrimson.com, which also provides free live statistics. WHRB-FM 95.3 and WHRB.org offer live audio.
Behind the Bench
Former Crimson captain, NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player and 13-year National Hockey League veteran Ted Donato ’91 is in his sixth season as The Robert D. Ziff ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey. He owns an 83-75-19 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
Last Time Out
Michael Clemente made 18 of his 42 saves in the first period and Brown added a pair of empty-net goals in the final minute of the third period to pull away to a 4-1 win against the Crimson Dec. 1 at Bright Hockey Center in the 155th playing of college hockey’s oldest rivalry. Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) for the Crimson, which held a 43-33 advantage in shots. Kyle Richter (Calgary, Alta.) allowed two goals on 31 shots.
Conor Morrison has five goals in the last three games, including four Nov. 24 against Boston University. Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) also has five points in the three games and has either scored or assisted on each of the Crimson’s last four goals. He had two assists against BU, netted two goals against Dartmouth and added another helper against Brown.
Louis Leblanc (Kirkland, Que.) has been invited to skate in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-16 in Regina, Sask. Leblanc will be one of 36 players at the camp, competing for a spot on Team Canada at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Twenty Harvard players have been selected to compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in previous years. Nineteen of those players skated for the United States, and current freshman Conor Morrison competed for Germany in 2009.
The Bright Stuff
The Crimson is 53-24-3 (.681) at home under Ted Donato and 275-117-28 (.688) all-time at Bright Hockey Center.
The Crimson ranks 19th nationally with a 20.7-percent efficiency on the power play (9 for 43). Harvard has scored twice on the power play in four of its 10 games.
Outside the Box
Harvard is the nation’s 17th-least-penalized team, averaging just 12.4 penalty minutes per game.
Pacing the Crimson
Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) is Harvard’s top scorer with 10 points and shares the team assists lead at seven with Chris Huxley (Weymouth, Mass.). Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) (5-4-9) and Louis Leblanc (3-6-9) are tied for second, while Conor Morrison leads Harvard with six goals. Leblanc owns a team-high +6 plus/minus ratin, and Doug Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) has won 55.9 percent of his faceoffs (124-98) to lead Harvard’s centers.
Louis Leblanc ranks fourth nationally among freshmen with 1.12 points per game, while Conor Morrison is the nation’s second-leading freshman goal-scorer with 0.60 per contest. Morrison is tied for 36th overall in goals per game. Chris Huxley is tied for 17th in Division I in defenseman scoring with eight points in 10 games (0.80 per game).
With three goals and five assists in league games, Louis Leblanc is tied for the ECAC Hockey freshman scoring lead. Chris Huxley is tied for third in defenseman scoring (1-6-7), and Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.) is tied for fourth in power-play goals (three).
The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, coached by former Harvard men’s player Ben Smith ’68, was enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame at The Westin Boston Waterfront Tuesday. The ceremony honored the 50th anniversary of the gold-medal-winning 1960 U.S. men’s team, which included former Harvard hockey players Bill Cleary ’56, Bob Cleary ’58, Bob McVey ’58 and Bob Owen ’58.
Harvard has won three of the last five early-season meetings with BC, while the Eagles have prevailed in the last seven Beanpot matchups and hold a
67-44-5 lead in the all-time series. The teams first met Jan. 19, 1919, a 7-2 Harvard win at the Boston Skating Club.
The Crimson and Eagles met in three of the first four Beanpot title games, with Harvard taking the 1955 crown on an overtime goal by Bill Cleary. The teams also clashed in the 2008 title game, a thrilling 6-5 BC overtime win. Mike Taylor ’08 had two goals and an assist, but BC’s Nick Petrecki scored the overtime winner. The Crimson is seeking its first win against the Eagles since Nov. 7, 2006, when Kyle Richter made 36 saves to shut out BC, 4-0, for his first career win.
Harvard vs. Boston College in 2008-09
The Eagles swept the two series meetings in 2008-09. They scored four unanswered goals after second-period tying tally by Matt McCollem (Westford, Mass.) in a 5-1 win at Conte Forum. When the teams met again in the Beanpot consolation game, Pier-Olivier Michaud (Mont-Joli, Que.) scored twice for Harvard and McCollem had two assists, but Benn Ferriero scored in the final minute to give BC a 4-3 win. Ryan Carroll (Hackensack, N.J.) made 42 saves in his first career start for the Crimson.
Scouting the Eagles
Boston College is on a five-game unbeaten streak, including a road sweep of Massachusetts, 3-1, and rival Boston University, 4-1, over the weekend. Brian Gibbons scored in both weekend wins and paces the Eagles with 15 points on five goals and a team-high 10 assists. Ben Smith leads the team with nine goals. Parker Milner backstopped the win at UMass, and John Muse was in net at BU. Muse has started 10 of the Eagles’ 13 games, while Milner owns a 3-0-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.
To be the Best …
The Crimson hosts each of the last two NCAA champions this season. The Eagles won the 2008 title, and Harvard lost to defending champion BU, 6-5 in overtime, Nov. 24. Harvard has played the eventual champion in each of the last three years and has played a team from the preceding Frozen Four each season since 1993-94.
Harvard’s opponents have won a combined 17 national titles, including four of the last eight. Minnesota, the 2002 and ’03 NCAA champion, plays host to the Crimson Jan. 8-9 in a matchup of the two teams that took part in the 1989 NCAA title game. The games will be Ted Donato’s first against Minnesota since scoring twice in the championship-game win against the Gophers to earn selection as Most Outstanding Player of the 1989 NCAA Championship.
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