Harvard Men's Hockey Opens 60th Beanpot Against No. 3 Boston U.
BOSTON—The Harvard men's takes on No. 3 Boston University in the semifinals of the 60th Beanpot tournament, looking to take the first step toward its 11th title in Boston's annual tournament. The Crimson and Terriers meet Monday at 5 p.m. at TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins.
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• The Crimson (7-6-9) is seeking its 11th Beanpot championship and first since 1993. Harvard looks to advance to the tournament final for the first time since 2008.
• Harvard scored five unanswered goals to win, 6-3, at Quinnipiac Friday for its fifth come-from-behind victory this season. The Crimson has trailed during play in 19 games, but has rallied to win or tie 14 of those games (5-5-9).
• With three weekends remaining, Harvard is tied for third place in ECAC Hockey, alongside Colgate. The Raiders have a game in hand on the Crimson, but Harvard owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.
• The Crimson leads the NCAA in power-play efficiency at 30.8 percent (28 for 91). Harvard has scored at least one power-play goal in 19 of its 22 games and netted multiple power-play goals in eight games.
• Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) leads Harvard with 29 points and 14 goals. He ranks 13th nationally with 1.32 points per game and 10th with 0.64 goals per game. Linemate Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.) has 22 points (9-13-22), after notching four goals and eight assists in the last seven games.
• Harvard boasts two of the nation's highest-scoring defensemen. Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) ranks second nationally among defensemen, tied for 22nd overall, at 1.18 points per game (7-19-26). Patrick McNally (Glen Head, N.Y.) ranks eighth among defensemen and ranks seventh among freshmen at any position with 0.86 points per game (4‑15‑19).
Last Time Out
The Crimson rallied from deficits of 2-0 in the first four minutes and 3-1 after a period to defeat Quinnipiac, 6-3, Friday. Raphael Girard (Saint‑Hyacinthe, Que.) stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first collegiate win as Harvard won a road game against the Bobcats for the first time.
Marshall Everson led the comeback with a goal and two assists, while Danny Biega scored twice and Alex Killorn had three assists. Eric Kroshus (Calgary, Alta.), Luke Greiner (Faribault, Minn.) and Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) also scored. Fallstrom added an assist, while Patrick McNally and Colin Blackwell (North Andover, Mass.) logged two helpers each.
On a Roll
Harvard's six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) is its longest of the season and its longest in the regular season since heading into the 2007-08 playoffs on a 5-0‑1 run. The last time the Crimson took an unbeaten streak of this length into the Beanpot was when it entered the 1994 tournament on a 6-0-1 spurt. That run reached 9-0-1 before being snapped by a 2-1 overtime loss to Boston College in the Beanpot final.
Harvard has entered the final period trailing in 14 games but has rallied to win or tie in nine of those, including two of its last three games.
Harvard has trailed 29 times during play this season and has come back to tie 24 times. The Crimson trailed twice each in its win against No. 18 Colgate (Nov. 12) and its ties against No. 19 Quinnipiac (Nov. 5), Dartmouth (Nov. 25), No. 18 North Dakota (Dec. 30), No. 14 Union (Jan. 6) and No. 9 Cornell (Jan. 21). Harvard scored seven goals over the final two periods to rally from a four‑goal deficit and defeat New Hampshire, 7-6 (Nov. 22), and erased four separate one‑goal deficits in a 4-4 tie at Massachusetts (Dec. 2). Harvard is 2-5-7 when trailing after two.
The Crimson holds a 28-14 advantage against its opponents in third-period goals, including a 10-1 edge over the last five games. Harvard is 5-1-2 when entering the third period leading or tied.
The Crimson has taken at least one point from 13 of its 17 ECAC Hockey games. With a 3-1-5 record in league road games, Harvard has taken points from eight of nine away contests.
The Beanpot games will not be Harvard's first in front of large crowds. The Crimson skated before five-digit crowds in both of its games at North Dakota (11,500 Dec. 30 and 10,980 Dec. 31) and an ECAC regular-season-record 8,891 fans in its Frozen Fenway game against Union (Jan. 13). Three Harvard home games and two road games have been sold out.
Third-place Harvard has climbed five places in the ECAC standings in the last six games.
Harvard has won its season series against Colgate and Quinnipiac, tied its series against Dartmouth and Princeton and lost its series against Cornell and Union. The Crimson leads its series against Brown, Clarkson and Yale; is tied with Rensselaer and trails St. Lawrence.
The Drawing Board
Tuesday's tie against Dartmouth was Harvard's seventh in ECAC play, matching the league record held by the 1991-92 Yale (11‑4‑7), 2003‑04 Dartmouth (10‑5-7) and 2010-11 Quinnipiac (6‑9-7) squads. Harvard has tied nine games overall, breaking the previous program record of six set in 1991-92 and matched in 2008‑09. Minnesota State set an NCAA record with 10 ties in 2002‑03. Colorado College matched that mark in 2008‑09, as did Western Michigan last season.
The Crimson is unbeaten when scoring four goals or more (5-0-2) and has lost just once when allowing three goals or fewer (6-1-7).
Time and a Half?
Ten of Harvard's 22 games have gone to overtime, including nine of the last 15. The Crimson has played 45 minutes, eight seconds of overtime.
Harvard has held six of its last nine opponents to two goals or fewer and limited each of its last 10 to three goals or fewer in regulation.
Dating back to 2010-11, Harvard has netted 32 power-play goals in its last 23 ECAC games. The Crimson has had three man-advantage goals in three of those games and two in nine others. The Jan. 13 shutout loss to Union ended a Harvard streak of 18 games with a power-play goal.
The Crimson is the nation's only team converting 30 percent of its power plays. The last team to convert at least 30 percent of its power plays in a full season was Colorado College in 2002‑03 at 30.8. The last team to break 35 percent was the 1986-87 Harvard squad at 35.9. The NCAA record for power-play efficiency is 40.2 percent, recorded by Boston University in 1970-71.
Danny Biega has a league-high 12 ECAC power‑play points (1‑11‑12), leading four Harvard players ranked tied for fifth or better.
Outside the Box
Harvard averages the seventh-fewest penalty minutes per game in the nation at11.0.
The Crimson has allowed its opponents only 79 power plays this season, the nation's lowest total and an average of just 3.59 per game. That is eight fewer than Hampshire, which has surrendered the nation's second‑fewest power plays against. Only seven teams besides Harvard have allowed their foes fewer than 100 power plays.
Only two of Harvard's games have been decided by more than two goals. Seventeen of the 22 games, including 16 of the last 18, have been tied in the third period. At a point in every third period but one, the score has been tied or the teams have been separated by one goal.
Survey Says ...
Harvard has received votes in 12 of the 16 weeks of the USCHO.com national poll, including four points last week. The Crimson is a team under consideration for the NCAA tournament and is ranked 23rd in the PairWise Ranking.
Harvard had played seven ranked opponents in games in December and January. The Crimson was 0-3‑4 against those seven ranked opponents and is 1-3-5 against ranked foes this season. Dating back to last season, Harvard is 3-5‑6 against its last 14 ranked opponents.
In ECAC Hockey play, Danny Biega leads league defensemen in points (7-12-19), while Patrick McNally (3-9-12) is tied for second among freshmen, first among rookie defensemen, in scoring. Harvard's power play is operating at a league-high 30 percent (21 for 70) in ECAC play.
Marshall Everson registered two points each in four straight games in January and has four points (1-3-4) in the last two games. He has scored or assisted on 13 of Harvard's last 22 goals.
Danny Biega had registered seven points (3-4-7) during his current five-game point streak, while Eric Kroshus has five (2-3-5) during a four-game run. Luke Greiner has scored goals in each of the last two games. Colin Blackwell has a goal and five assists in the last five contests.
A New Streak?
Alex Killorn was held off the scoresheet for just the fifth time this season Tuesday against Dartmouth. He rebounded with three assists Friday. He has five goals and six assists in the last seven games. The senior had an eight‑game point streak earlier this season and a 10-game run in 2010-11.
Brendan Rempel (Willington, Conn.), who missed the first 18 games with an injury, has two assists in his four games.
The Hot Hand
Steve Michalek owns a 2.33 goals‑against average and .924 save percentage during Harvard's five‑game unbeaten streak, improving his league numbers to 2.53 and .914 for the season. Overall, the freshman sports a 3.02 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
The Century Mark
Alex Killorn has 92 points on 44 goals and 48 assists in 118 career games for the highest point total by a Crimson player since Jon Pelle graduated in 2008 with 97 points (39-58-97). Harvard, which plays only 29 games per regular season, has not had a 100-point scorer since Tom Cavanagh '05 registered 117 (48-69-117). Harvard's last 50‑goal scorer was Tim Pettit '04.
The Other Century Mark
Colin Moore played in his 100th game Friday. Alex Killorn and Ryan Grimshaw had already eclipsed that mark this season. Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) is two games shy of the 100 mark. With 88 games played so far, junior Danny Biega could reach 100 in the ECAC tournament.
Through 22 of its 29 regular-season games, Harvard has nine players with double-digit scoring totals. The Crimson had seven such players all of last season. Twenty‑two players have recorded points for Harvard, and 15 have scored goals.
Jan. 14 at Bright Hockey Center
No. 6 Boston University rallied from a two‑goal third-period deficit and topped Harvard in overtime, 4-3. Alex Fallstrom scored Harvard's first two goals, while Alex Killorn added a goal and an assist. Their linemate, Marshall Everson, notched two helpers, as did Danny Biega. Steve Michalek stopped 30 shots. Garrett Noonan scored the game-winning goal for BU at 2:08 of overtime. Chris Connelly (2-1-3) and Alex Chiasson (0-3-3) had three points apiece for the Terriers.
Series History: Harvard vs. Boston University
BU leads the all-time series against Harvard, 75‑63-6 overall and 26-14 in Beanpot matchups, but the Crimson holds a 49-47‑6 edge in non‑Beanpot games. The teams first met Dec. 13, 1922, a 2-0 Crimson win at the Boston Arena. Harvard won 15 of the first 16 meetings and in 1952 claimed a 7-4 victory in the inaugural Beanpot championship. The Terriers have won 16 of the 20 Beanpot semifinal matchups. Eight of the Crimson's 10 championship-game wins have come against the Terriers, and Harvard is 8-9 against BU in Beanpot finals.
Scouting the Terriers
Boston University (16-8-1) had a six-game unbeaten streak snapped with consecutive losses to Maine Jan. 27-28 but bounced back by winning at No. 4 Merrimack, 4-1, Friday. The Terriers are led by senior goaltender Kieran Millan (2.50 goals‑against average, .923 save percentage) and a trio of 26-point scorers: Matt Nieto (10-16-26), Alex Chiasson (10-16-26) and Chris Connolly (4‑22‑26). Wade Megan paces the balanced offense with 12 goals. The Terriers lead the nation in combined special teams at 56.9 percent, thanks to a power play ranked fifth nationally (24.6 percent) and a penalty kill tied for 14th (84.5 percent).