The Harvard men’s hockey team caps the holiday weekend with a non-league game against Dartmouth Sunday at 4 p.m. before hosting Brown Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the 154th installment of college hockey’s oldest rivalry.
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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 sixth season as The Robert D. Ziff ’88 Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey. He owns an 83-73-19 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
Last Time Out
Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) became the first Crimson player in more than a decade to tally four goals, but Boston University scored with 19.5 seconds remaining in regulation and again at 2:42 of overtime to defeat Harvard, 6-5, Tuesday night at sold-out Bright Hockey Center in the Crimson’s non-league opener.
Chris Connolly scored the overtime winner for the Terriers. Zach Cohen netted the tying goal less than a minute after Morrison’s fourth goal put Harvard on top. Cohen and Joe Pereira scored twice each for BU, which went 3 for 5 on the power play and held a 49-26 edge in shots. Kieran Millan had 21 saves for the Terriers.
Kyle Richter (Calgary, Alta.) made a career???high 43 saves for the Crimson, and Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) scored his fifth goal. Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) logged a pair of assists for Harvard.
With four goals Tuesday against BU, Conor Morrison became the first Harvard player since March 6, 1998 to score four goals in a game. The last was Chris Bala ’01 in a 7-6 win against Vermont. Morrison entered the game with one goal and left sharing the team lead with five.
The assist by Alex Biega (Montreal, Que.) on Conor Morrison’s third goal Tuesday was the 50th of Biega’s career. He is the first defenseman since All-American Noah Welch ’05 (53) to record 50.
Harvard’s last two games and three of its last four have gone to overtime. The Crimson is 0-1-2 in the extra session. Tuesday’s loss was Harvard’s first in overtime since falling, 6-5, to Boston College in the 2008 Beanpot championship game.
The Bright Stuff
The Crimson is 53-22-3 (.699) at home under Ted Donato and 275-115-28 (.691) all-time at Bright Hockey Center.
The Crimson ranks 16th nationally with a 20.6-percent efficiency on the power play (7 for 34). Harvard scored three power-play goals in its two games last weekend and has scored twice on the power play in three of its eight games.
Outside the Box
Harvard is the nation’s 14th-least-penalized team, averaging just 11.9 penalty minutes per game.
Pacing the Crimson
Linemates Alex Killorn and Louis Leblanc (Kirkland, Que.) share the team scoring lead with nine points each. Killorn and Conor Morrison share the Harvard lead with five goals, while Leblanc and Chris Huxley (Weymouth, Mass.) have a team-high six assists each. Leblanc leads the Crimson with a +6 rating. Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) has a team-high 36 shots and is tied with Doug Rogers (Watertown, Mass.) for second in plus/minus at +4. Rogers leads Crimson centers with a .541 faceoff percentage (92-78).
Louis Leblanc is tied for fourth among NCAA freshmen with 1.12 points per game. Chris Huxley ranks 14th in defenseman scoring with 0.88 points per game.
Louis Leblanc is ECAC Hockey’s top freshman scorer in league games and is tied with Alex Killorn and Michael Biega for sixth among all players. Killorn is tied for sixth in ECAC goals. Chris Huxley leads ECAC defensemen in league scoring. Marshall Everson is tied for second in ECAC power-play goals with three.
The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team, coached by former Harvard men’s player Ben Smith ’68, will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame at The Westin Boston Waterfront hotel Dec. 1. The ceremony will also honor the 50th anniversary of the gold-medal-winning 1960 U.S. men’s team, which included former Harvard hockey players Bill Cleary ’56, Bob Cleary ’58, Bob McVey ’58 and Bob Owen ’58.
Harvard vs. Dartmouth Series History
Harvard is unbeaten (5-0-1) in its last six games against Dartmouth, and the teams had split three straight regular-season series before the Crimson’s sweep in 2007-08. Harvard lost just once (7-0 in 2000-01) to the Big Green in a 20-game span from 1996 to 2004 and owns a 124-55-9 all-time series edge. The teams first met Feb. 7, 1907, a 12-3 Crimson win at Harvard Stadium.
Oct. 30 in Hanover, N.H.
Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Crimson to a 5-3 win against Dartmouth in both teams’ season opener at Thompson Arena. Kyle Richter made 41 saves to win in his return to the Crimson goal crease. Louis Leblanc, Marshall Everson and Daniel Moriarty each had a goal and an assist to help the Crimson improve to 80-27-3 all-time in season openers.Rob Smith’s goal gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead in the first period, and the Big Green got third-period goals from Adam Estoclet and Joe Gaudet.
Harvard vs. Dartmouth in 2008-09
The Crimson opened 2008-09 with a 4-1 Halloween-night home win against the Big Green, with Pier-Olivier Michaud notching a goal and two assists. Michael Biega had a goal and an assist, while Doug Rogers logged two helpers.
The rematch was a wild 5-5 tie. The Crimson trailed by two goals but rallied to take the lead twice in the third period, only to see the Big Green answer twice. Rogers registered a hat trick and an assist. Ryan Grimshaw (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the first goal of his career to give Harvard a lead with about five minutes left, but Evan Stephens scored the equalizer for Dartmouth. John Riley (Lake Forest, Ill.) made 37 saves for the Crimson, while the Big Green’s Jody O’Neill made 18 of his 32 stops after the second intermission.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth lost each of its first six games before getting on track with a 3-2 home win against St. Lawrence Nov. 21 and a 4-2 home victory Friday against Providence. The Big Green is seeking its first win in five road games this season. Dustin Walsh and Adam Estoclet lead the team with seven points each. Scott Fleming has scored five goals (including two Friday) to lead the squad, while Estoclet’s six assists are a team high. Jody O’Neill made 33 saves in the win against the Saints and 45 against the Friars. He has a 3.50 goals-against average and .905 save percentage on the season.
Harvard vs. Brown Series History
Harvard played its first hockey game Jan. 19, 1898 at Franklin Park in Boston. Brown won that contest, 6-0, but the Crimson holds a 102-40-12 all-time series lead. The teams have split the last seven meetings at Bright, despite Harvard allowing a total of seven goals in those games. Ted Donato is 4-4-4 overall against Brown.
Harvard vs. Brown in 2008-09
The Crimson and Bears tied both regular-season meetings last year, and Brown swept a first-round ECAC playoff series at Bright. The playoff wins came by 1-0 and 2-0 scores, the first consecutive shutout losses against American universities in Harvard’s 109 seasons of play and its first home playoff series loss since 1995. In Game 1, Mike Clemente made 39 saves and Harry Zolnierczyk scored the game’s only goal in the third period. Clemente made 47 saves in Game 2.
In the first meeting of the year, captains Jimmy Fraser ’09 and Brian McCafferty ’09 each notched a goal and an assist, but the Bears came back from a goal down in the third period to tie the Crimson, 3-3, in Providence, R.I. Colin Moore (Medfield, Mass.) scored his first career goal. Harvard outshot Brown, 38-23. Nothing was resolved as the squads tied, 1-1, in the rematch. Dan Rosen made 50 saves and the Bears rallied on Jeff Buvinow’s third-period goal. The Crimson had a 51-29 shots edge.
Scouting the Bears
Heading into Saturday’s matchup with Connecticut, Brown is seeking its first win under first-year head coach Brendan Whittet, a Brown alum and former Dartmouth assistant. The Bears have lost their last three games by a single goal each, including a 6-5 overtime decision against Yale Nov. 21.
Jordan Pietrus and Harry Zolnierczyk share the squad lead wtih six points each, and five of Pietrus’ points have come on goals. Mike Clemente has seen the bulk of action in the Brown goal and owns a 3.99 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.
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