Harvard Hits the Road to Face Colgate, No. 5 Cornell
Daniel Moriarty was among six Crimson players with multiple points at Dartmouth (photo courtesy DSPics.com).
The Harvard men's hockey team takes its first full weekend road trip of the season, visiting Colgate Friday and No. 5 Cornell Saturday. The Crimson and Raiders have tied their last two games in Hamilton, N.Y., while Harvard has won five of its last six games with the rival Big Red.
Follow From Home
Tom Brennan and Brendan Roche will have the call of the games on WHRB-FM 95.3 and WHRB.org. Links to pay-per-day video broadcasts and free live stats are available on GoCrimson.com.
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 8368-17 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
Last Time Out
Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) logged two goals and an assist to help Harvard score five straight goals on the way to a 5-3 win at Dartmouth in Friday's season opener. Kyle Richter (Calgary, Alta.) made 41 saves to win in his first game since 2007-08. Five others had multiple points: Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.), Louis Leblanc (Kirkland, Que.) and Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) with a goal and an assist each and Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) and Chris Huxley (Weymouth, Mass.) with two helpers apiece.
The first five games of Harvard's season will be played on the road. It is the team's longest season-opening road stretch since beginning 1958-59 with six straight on the road. The following six games will then be at home, beginning with the Nov. 20 home opener against St. Lawrence.
The Crimson's win against Dartmouth was its first away from Bright Hockey Center since defeating Cornell, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the 2008 Bank of America ECAC Hockey Championship. Harvard's last road win came by the same score in the 2008 regular-season finale at Lynah Rink.
Harvard, which had ECAC Hockey's top power play in league games last season started 2009-10 in similar fashion, scoring twice in three man-advantage chances.
With Friday's win, Harvard improved to 80-27-3 all-time in official season openers. It is the second straight season that the Crimson has opened with a win against the Big Green.
After defeating Dartmouth in the season opener, the Crimson received votes in this week's USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Poll and has done so in each of the five polls this season.
Scouting the Raiders
Colgate, already with seven games under its belt, has continued its 2008-09 trend of overtime games with three ties thus far. One of those draws came against No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha. The Raiders ended a three-game winless skid with a 4-2 win Saturday against Niagara behind two goals and an assist from Austin Smith.
Brian Day and Smith share the team lead with four goals, while Smith has added three assists for a team-high seven points. David McIntyre, ECAC Hockey's top league goal-scorer last season, has six points, all assists. Charles Long (.882 save percentage, 3.25 goals-against average) and Alex Evin (.896, 2.92) have split time in net.
Harvard vs. Colgate in 2008-09
The Crimson and Raiders played to a 2-2 draw last November at Starr Rink. Harvard rallied from a two-goal deficit on goals by Daniel Moriarty in the second period and Alex Killorn in the third.
Michael Biega scored just 90 seconds into the game, and Chris Huxley netted the third-period game-winner as Harvard prevailed, 3-2, when the teams got together again in February.
Harvard vs. Colgate Series History
The Crimson owns a 44-18-6 series lead against the Raiders since the first meeting Jan. 7, 1961, a 4-1 Harvard win. The Crimson has gone 5-4-2 against Colgate under Ted Donato, with the most memorable victory coming on a Kevin Du '07 double-overtime goal in the 2005 ECAC semifinals.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell, like Harvard, has played just one game, a 3-2 overtime victory Friday against Niagara. Joe Devin tallied the winning goal in that game, while Colin Greening registered a goal and an assist. Ben Scrivens made 28 saves in the Big Red's season-opening win.
Harvard vs. Cornell in 2008-09
Michael Biega scored first, but the Big Red rallied on two goals by Riley Nash to win last season's matchup in Ithaca, N.Y. At Bright Hockey Center, a Valentine's Day crowd and national-television audience on CBS College Sports saw the Crimson beat the Big Red, 4-2, behind 42 saves by Ryan Carroll (Hackensack, N.J.). Alex Killorn, Matt McCollem (Westford, Mass.) and Daniel Moriarty were among Harvard's scorers, while Colin Greening accounted for both Cornell goals.
Harvard vs. Cornell Series History
Cornell holds a 65-58-7 series lead in one of college hockey's top rivalries. 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 the last 12 regular-season contests (and 15 of the last 16 overall games) being decided by two goals or fewer. Harvard has won five of its last six games against Cornell, limiting the Big Red to eight total goals in that span. The Crimson has won seven of the teams' last nine matchups. Harvard's 3-1 win in the 2008 ECAC Hockey semifinals was the teams' sixth meeting in the eight years in the league semifinals or final.
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