No. 6/6 Harvard (11-4-1, 7-3-1 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
Looking to bounce from a pair of conference defeats over the weekend, the No. 6/6 Harvard men's hockey team faces off against Dartmouth Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Puck drop at Thompson Arena is set for 7 p.m. with all the action available live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The First Line
• Harvard's power play unit has operated at a high level all season. Converting at a 29.3 percent rate, the Crimson's man-up crew ranks as the top power play unit in the nation. Nebraska Omaha is second, converting at a 26.2 clip.
• Harvard is one of just three teams in the nation averaging over four goals per game. At 4.06 GPG, the Crimson rank behind the Big Ten's Penn State (4.58) and Ohio State (4.20). Three of the Crimson's top-four goal scorers are seniors. Sean Malone leads the team with 10, while Alexander Kerfoot and Tyler Moy each has eight.
• Tuesday marks the 209th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth. The all-time series heavily favors the Crimson, as it holds a 131-64-13 advantage. The large lead in the series is supported by Harvard's 24-game win streak against Dartmouth from 1981-1992. Harvard is unbeaten against its Ivy brethren in the last five meetings, posting a 4-0-1 record. The Crimson won both meetings last year to open the season.
Last Time Out
The Crimson suffered a pair of setbacks on the road over the weekend, falling at Rensselaer and Union. The Engineers posted a 4-0 victory, marking the first time this season Harvard had been shutout. The Dutchmen held off a late surge from the Crimson to register a 2-1 victory. Alexander Kerfoot scored Harvard's goal on the power play with 10.6 left to play.
The Big Green was also in action in the capital region over the weekend, falling 4-1 at Union before bouncing back for the 4-2 win over Rensselaer Saturday. The split brought Dartmouth's overall record to 6-8-3 and 3-5-2 in the ECAC, good for a tie for seventh in the conference standings with eight points.
Dartmouth has just two skaters with double-digit points this season in Troy Crema and Corey Kalk. Crema leads the way with 14 points and eight goals, while Kalk has 11 points and five goals. Junior Devin Buffalo has started between the pipes 16 times this season, recording a .913 save percentage and 2.63 goals-against average.
Series Record vs. Dartmouth: 131-64-13
Last Five Meetings: 4-0-1
Nov. 1, 2015 - W, 5-2
Oct. 31, 2015 - W, 7-0
Nov. 18, 2014 - W, 2-0
Nov. 1, 2014 - T, 3-3 (ot)
Feb. 7, 2014 - W, 3-0
Senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot has been selected as one of the 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for men's collegiate hockey. The announcement was made by the organization Jan. 13. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Harvard's seniors have combined for the most points of any senior class in the nation.
Harvard - 92
Sacred Heart - 87
Boston College - 82
On Jan. 6 against Quinnipiac, senior forward Tyler Moy served up three assists, a new career-high. It marked the fourth time this year that a Crimson player had at least three assists in a game. On Nov. 26 against Bentley, Alexander Kerfoot dished out four assists, while Ryan Donato (Nov. 5-Cornell) and Adam Fox (Dec. 2- St. Lawrence) each had three earlier this season.
Harvard ranks third in the nation in scoring. The Crimson is one of just three teams averaging over four goals per game at 4.06. Harvard has scored at least five goals in nine games this season. Last season, Harvard averaged 3.41 goals per game which was its best mark since posting 3.91 in 2002-03.
In back-to-back games this season against Bentley (Nov. 26) and at St. Lawrence (Dec. 2), senior forward Alexander Kerfoot had four points. It marked the first time since the 1990-91 season that a Crimson skater had four points in consecutive games. Current head coach Ted Donato '91 was the last to accomplish that feat early in his senior season when he went four-straight games with at least four points.
Two for Two
Twice this season, senior Tyler Moy and sophomore Ryan Donato have scored twice in the same game. The first instance came in the season-opener Oct. 28 at Arizona State, while the pair did it again Dec. 3 at Clarkson. In both games, the Crimson scored seven total goals.
Freshman Adam Fox was one of 23 selected to represent the U.S. at the IIHF World Junior Championships. Fox and the Americans went 7-0 and captured gold with a shootout victory over host Canada. Fox was tremendous in the final game, dishing out three assists, including one on the game-tying goal.
Leading the Way
Senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot is setting the tone for the Harvard offense this season. His 25 points lead the Crimson and he has recorded a point in 14 of Harvard's 16 games. He put together a 12-game point streak from November 4 - January 7.
Scoring Four or More
Four goals has been the magic number for the Crimson this season, as all 11 of its wins has come when it has scored four or more times. Harvard is also 9-1-1 when allowing two goals or less.
Power Play Power
The Crimson has converted on 29.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season. It's 22-for-75 success rate is tops in the country.
Harvard ranks No. 6 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 6 in the USA Today poll this week. It rose as high as No. 2 in the USCHO poll on Jan. 9. Harvard has been ranked in the USCHO.com poll for 61 weeks, while it has spent the last 43 weeks ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.