Crimson Back on the Ice to Face No. 8 Bobcats
Ryan Carroll stopped all 17 shots to come his way against No. 10 Boston College.
Harvard returns from a layoff of nearly three weeks and takes on its second straight top-10 opponent, No. 8 Quinnipiac, in the finale of a seven-game homestand.
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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 83-76-19 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
Last Time Out
Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) scored in the third period to cut a Boston College lead to one goal, but the No. 10 Eagles held on for a 3-2 win against Harvard Dec. 9 at Bright. Biega also assisted on a power-play tally by Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.), while Ryan Carroll (Hackensack, N.J.) made 17 saves without allowing a goal in 36 minutes of relief goaltending. Harvard held a 27-26 edge in shots and was 1 for 3 with the man advantage. BC was scoreless in three power plays.
Nov. 13 at TD Bank Sports Center
Eric Lampe recorded a hat trick and Quinnipiac defeated the Crimson, 5-1. Michael Biega scored the lone goal for the Crimson, tying the game early in the second period. The Bobcats scored four unanswered goals over the final two periods and went 2 for 8 on the power play. Harvard was 0 for 4.
Daniel Moriarty enters the game on a four-game point streak and has six points on three goals and three assists in that span. Michael Biega has four points (1-3-4) in the last three contests.
The Bright Stuff
The Crimson is 53-25-3 (.673) at home under Ted Donato and 275-118-28 (.686) all-time at Bright Hockey Center.
The Crimson ranks 14th nationally with a 21.7-percent efficiency on the power play (10 for 46). Harvard has scored twice on the power play in four of its 11 games.
Pacing the Crimson
Michael Biega is Harvard’s top scorer with 12 points and its top set-up man with eight assists, one more helper than Chris Huxley (Weymouth, Mass.). Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) (5-4-9) and Louis Leblanc (Kirkland, Que.) (3-6-9), Biega’s linemates and fellow Montreal-area natives, are tied for second in scoring, while Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) leads Harvard with six goals. Leblanc owns a team-high +6 plus/minus rating. Doug Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) has won 55.9 percent of his faceoffs (124-98), while Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) has won 57.1 percent (32-24).
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).
Louis Leblanc ranks fifth nationally among freshmen with 1.00 points per game, while Conor Morrison is the nation’s second-leading freshman goal-scorer with 0.55 per contest. Morrison is tied for 30th overall in goals per game. Chris Huxley (1-7-8) ranks 26th in Division I in defenseman scoring with 0.73 points per game.
Outside the Box
Harvard is the nation’s 17th-least-penalized team, averaging just 12.9 penalty minutes per game.
The Century Mark
Chad Morin (Auburn, N.Y.) will play his 100th game for Harvard in his next game. Classmates Alex Biega and Doug Rogers played in their 100th game Nov. 6 at Colgate.
Harvard vs. Ranked Opponents
The Crimson is 0-3-1 against ranked teams. Harvard lost to No. 5 Cornell, No. 20 Quinnipiac and No. 10 Boston College and tied No. 19 Princeton. Its last win against a ranked foe was Feb. 28, 2009 against No. 6 Princeton, 3-2.
The Crimson is 6-4-2 against Quinnipiac in a series that dates back to the Bobcats’ first ECAC game in 2005. Harvard won a home ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series between the teams in 2008 and is 6-1 at home against the Bobcats.
Harvard vs. Quinnipiac in 2008-09
The Crimson and Bobcats’ first meeting in 2008-09 was tied at 2-2 before Quinnipiac scored three times in the final four minutes to win, 5-2, in Hamden, Conn. Alex Biega (Montreal, Que.) assisted on Harvard’s first goal and scored its second to tie the game early in the third period. Bryan Leitch scored twice for Quinnipiac.
On the final weekend of the regular season at Bright, Alex Biega and brother Michael scored in the second period to rally Harvard to a 2-1 win. Ryan Carroll made 27 saves.
Scouting the Bobcats
Quinnipiac opened the season with a road sweep of Ohio State, won 12 of its first 13 games and climbed to No. 4 in the national rankings. A three-game winless streak followed, but the Bobcats bounced back in their last game, a 5-2 win against American International Dec. 12. Brandon Wong paces Quinnipiac with 24 points and 12 goals, while fellow senior Eric Lampe has a team-high 13 assists. Goaltender Dan Clarke is 8-2-1 with a .923 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average in 12 starts.
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