Rival Cornell, No. 18 Colgate Come to Bright to Face Harvard Men's Hockey
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men's hockey team takes on Cornell in the 137th installment of one of college hockey's top rivalries Friday and meets No. 18 Colgate Saturday at Bright Hockey Center.
• Harvard opened its season last weekend with two close games, a 4-3 loss to Princeton and a 2-2 tie against No. 19 Quinnipiac.
• Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) and Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) share the Harvard scoring lead with three points each. Fallstrom leads the nation with 1.5 assists per game, while Killorn is one of five players in the nation averaging a goal per game. Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) logged a goal and an assist on the Crimson's opening weekend.
• Different goaltenders started Harvard's first two games. Steve Michalek (Glastonbury, Conn.) made 34 saves in his Harvard debut against the Tigers, while Raphael Girard (Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.) stopped 24 shots against the Bobcats. Girard leads the Crimson with a 1.85 goals‑against average, ranking him 11th nationally, and .923 save percentage, tied for 19th in Division I.
• Harvard scored a power-play goal in each game last weekend, finishing 2 for 8 with the man advantage, and is tied for ninth nationally in power-play efficiency at 25 percent.
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In Friday's opener against a Princeton squad playing its fourth game, Harvard fell behind by two goals. Two scores by Alex Killorn and one by Luke Greiner (Faribault, Minn.) cut the Tigers' advantage to one goal on three occasions, but the Crimson could never catch up in a 4-3 loss. Harvard was undone by the Tigers' three power‑play tallies.
The Crimson found itself in a hole again Saturday against No. 19 Quinnipiac, a team playing its 11th game. This time, Harvard twice rallied to tie, on goals by Conor Morrison and David Valek (Zagreb, Croatia), and the teams finished the game knotted at 2-2.
The Crimson fell to 80-29-3 all-time in official season openers with the loss to the Tigers.
Harvard is taking on an Ivy League opponent for the second straight Friday night. Cornell is playing its third Ivy game in its third ECAC Hockey contest, having defeated Yale and lost at Brown last weekend.
The Crimson and Big Red have combined for three NCAA titles, with Cornell capturing two and Harvard one. They rank first and third in ECAC regular-season championships (Harvard 13, Cornell 9) and first and second in league tournament crowns (Cornell 12, Harvard 8). The rivals have accounted for nine of the 20 ECAC regular-season and tournament titles awarded over the last nine seasons. For six of those nine championships, the other rival was the runner-up.
Either Harvard or Cornell has won or shared the Ivy League crown in 37 of the league's 54 seasons, with Harvard totaling 21 titles and Cornell 18. The teams shared the honor in 1983‑84 and 1984-85.
Last Season: Harvard vs. Cornell
Harvard and Cornell won one-goal games on each other's home ice in 2010-11. Andy Iles made 33 saves to allow the Big Red to survive with a 2-1 win at Bright despite being outshot by a 34-20 margin. Alex Fallstrom scored for the Crimson, but Locke Jillson later netted the game-winning goal. In Harvard's 4-3 win in Ithaca, N.Y., Alex Killorn scored twice and Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) netted the tie‑breaking goal with 7:21 left.
Series History: Harvard vs. Cornell
Cornell holds a 70-59-7 all-time lead in a series noted for the quality of the teams, intensity of the games and passion of the fans. The teams first met Jan. 8, 1910, a 5-0 Harvard win in New York City. The games have been closer in recent years, with 17 of the last 22 being decided by two goals or fewer. The Crimson and Big Red have faced off in eight of the last 12 ECAC tournaments.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell has averaged 4.67 goals per game but has surrendered five goals in each of its losses, to Mercyhurst and Brown. The Big Red's lone win came at No. 9 Yale, 6-2. Joel Lowry scored twice in that win, while Andy Iles made 29 saves, including 13 in the first period.
Greg Miller and rookie Brian Ferlin lead the Big Red with five points on two goals and three assists each, while freshman defenseman Joakim Ryan has scored a team‑high three goals. Iles owns a 4.05 goals‑against average and .846 save percentage so far.
Rank and File
In No. 18 Colgate, Harvard is hosting a nationally ranked opponent for the second straight Saturday.
Last Season: Harvard vs. Colgate
The teams split their 2011-12 series. Backed by a Danny Biega hat trick, the first by a Crimson defenseman in nearly four years, Harvard posted a 6-2 home win. The Crimson scored twice in each period and once in the final minute of each frame. Biega scored again to give Harvard a first-period lead at Colgate, but Chris Wagner and Robbie Bourdon each later found the net to give the Raiders a 2-1 victory.
Series History: Harvard vs. Colgate
The Crimson owns a 45-21-6 series lead against the Raiders since the teams' first meeting Jan. 7, 1961, a 4-1 Harvard win. Harvard is 8-0 in playoff meetings against Colgate, including a win in double overtime in the 2005 ECAC semifinals.
Scouting the Raiders
Colgate's season followed a similar script to Harvard's in 2010-11. The Raiders battled through early struggles to win road playoff series before falling to Yale in the ECAC semifinals. Colgate continued that strong play to start this season, starting out with wins against Robert Morris, 3-1, and host Nebraska‑Omaha, 4-3, at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede and split with Miami a week later. Colgate has since lost two of its last three games, falling to Niagara and Yale and defeating Brown.
With nine goals and 13 points, Austin Smith has fueled the Raiders' offense. Chris Wagner led the team with six assists. Eric Mihalik has seen the most action in goal, going 4-2-0, while Alex Evin is 1-1-1 with a team-best .936 save percentage and 1.63 goals-against average.
The Crimson has scored at least one power-play goal in six straight games, dating back to last season. Harvard has 13 man-advantage tallies in its last eight ECAC Hockey games.
Outside the Box
The Crimson committed just four minor penalties in each game last weekend and is tied as the fourth-least-penalized team in the nation at eight minutes per game. Harvard has killed its opponents' last four power-play opportunities, including all three for Quinnipiac on Saturday.