Danny Fick made his Beanpot debut Monday. He and the Crimson return ot league play against the Tigers (photo courtesy Steve Babineau).
The Harvard men's hockey team plays its final Ivy League home game of 2010-11, looking to even the season series against No. 20 Princeton, Friday at 7 p.m.
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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 seventh season as The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. He owns a 95-107-20 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
The 59th Annual Beanpot
Behind three second-period goals and 41 saves from Chris Rawlings, Northeastern skated to a 4-0 victory against Harvard (4-18-0, 3-13-0 ECAC Hockey, 0-7-0 Ivy League) in the semifinals of the 59th Beanpot Monday evening at TD Garden. The Huskies advanced to play No. 1 Boston College in the Feb. 14 championship, while Harvard will face No. 14 Boston University in the consolation game.
The Crimson registered a season high in shots, including 17 in the first period. Pier‑Olivier Michaud (Mont-Joli, Que.) led Harvard with seven shots on goal, while Rence Coassin (Hamden, Conn.) logged six.
Leading the Crimson
Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) paces Harvard with seven goals. With 16 points, he shares the team lead with linemate Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.), Harvard's assists leader with 10.
Harvard is 20-3-0 in February home games under Ted Donato and 38-21-8 in all post-exam league games in Donato's six-plus seasons.
The Bright Stuff
The Crimson is 59-35-3 (.624) at home under Ted Donato and 281-128-28 (.675) all-time at Bright Hockey Center, which opened in 1979-80.
Top of the [Blue] Line
Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) has 15 points (6‑9‑15) to lead Harvard defensemen. He is tied for the league lead among defensemen and tied for 13th among all skaters with six goals in ECAC Hockey play. He has totaled 14 points (6-8-14) in league games to tie Princeton's Taylor Fedun for second in ECAC defenseman scoring, a point behind Rensselaer's Nick Bailen (5‑10-15). Biega is tied for 13th in league scoring among all players.
With six goals and nine assists overall, Biega averages 0.68 points per game, ranking him 20th nationally among defensemen.
Harvard has held four of its last five opponents to two goals or fewer. The Crimson limited No. 3 Yale to its lowest scoring output of the season Feb. 4 and held No. 12 Union, which ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense, without a goal for more than 46 minutes Jan. 22.
The Crimson has fended off 27 of the last 29 power plays it has faced. The only power-play tallies Harvard has allowed in the last seven games were Locke Jillson's second-period game-winner for Cornell (Jan. 29) and Brodie Reid's second-period goal for Northeastern (Jan. 7). The Crimson was a season-best 6 for 6 on the penalty kill at Northeastern (Jan. 19) and 5 for 5 at Union. The Dutchmen own the nation's top power play.
Friday's game against Princeton begins a run of five games in 12 days. That comes after Monday's Beanpot opener capped stretches of four games in 11 days and seven games in 20 days for Harvard. Only two of those seven games were at home.
Harvard has lost eight games by a single goal and another game by two goals with one coming on an empty net. In 2011, five of the Crimson's seven league games have been one-goal losses.
Hall of Famer
Bob McManama '73 became Harvard's 10th inductee to the Beanpot Hall of Fame when he was honored between semifinal games Monday. McManama totaled eight points on three goals and five assists in six Beanpot games, including two final appearances. McManama was a 1973 All-America selection and a two-time All-ECAC and All-Ivy honoree.
Vote for Alex
Alex Killorn is one of 68 nominees in the preliminary fan-voting phase of the Hobey Baker Award selection at www.hobeybakeraward.com, running through March 6. The fans' vote accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase.
All in the Family
Michael Biega has notched five goals and six assists in the last 12 games, and brother Danny has five goals and five assists in the last 11 games. A Biega brother has scored or assisted on 14 of the last 18 Harvard goals.
Help from the Blue Line
Defensemen have assisted on or scored 20 of Harvard's last 25 goals, totaling six goals and 18 assists in the last nine games.
Outside the Box
Harvard averages 12.2 penalty minutes per game, Division I's 12th-lowest mark. Harvard has allowed four power plays or fewer in four straight games.
Harvard's Beanpot games are the last non-league games of the regular season for any ECAC team. The conference has posted a combined 22–28–10 record against WCHA (8-8-4), CCHA (6-10-2) and Hockey East (8-10-4) teams. ECAC squads were 27–6–5 against teams from Atlantic Hockey for an overall record of 49-33-15 from outside the conference (records courtesy USCHO.com).
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton (14-8-1, 9-6-1, 3-3-0) was 9-1-1 in its previous 11 games before falling to No. 11 Union, 7-4, and No. 9 Rensselaer, 5-2, last weekend at home. The Tigers held a 4-1 lead Friday before the Dutchmen rallied with six straight goals. Princeton swept St. Lawrence and Clarkson a week earlier, extending its road win streak to seven games.
Rookie Andrew Calof leads Princeton with 24 points and 19 assists, while Mike Kramer and Kevin Lohry share the team lead with nine goals each. Mike Condon has started the last two Fridays in the Tigers' goalie rotation. He owns a .907 save percentage and 2.70 goals-against average.
Nov. 19 at Baker Rink
The Tigers' Mike Condon made 36 saves to hand the Crimson a 1-0 loss in its Ivy League opener. Mike Kramer's first-period goal held up as the game-winner. Kyle Richter (Calgary, Alta.) made 34 saves for Harvard.
Only Yale has faced off against Harvard more than Princeton. Starting with a 6-3 win March 1, 1902 in New York City, Harvard holds a 146-55‑10 series edge. The Crimson is 9-6-1 against Princeton under Ted Donato. Harvard has swept two league playoff series from the Tigers—including last season at Baker Rink—but Princeton scored a 4-1 win against Harvard in the 2008 ECAC final.
The 109-year-old Harvard-Princeton rivalry is one of college hockey's oldest and is tied as its 18th‑most‑contested. Only five pairs of Eastern rivals have faced off more often. Here are the top 25 rivalries in terms of games played:
284 Michigan-Michigan State
282 Minnesota-North Dakota
279 Colorado College-Denver
261 Michigan Tech-Minnesota
254 Denver-North Dakota
254 Boston College-Boston University
249 Colorado College-Minnesota
237 Michigan Tech-North Dakota
221 Colorado College-North Dakota
218 Michigan-Michigan Tech
216 Boston College-Northeastern
Michigan Tech-Minnesota Duluth
211 Denver-Michigan Tech
209 Minnesota Duluth-North Dakota
207 Boston University-Northeastern
186 Clarkson-St. Lawrence