Harvard Men's Hockey Hosts UNH Tuesday at Bright

Another big crowd is expected at Bright, but tickets are still available (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).
Another big crowd is expected at Bright, but tickets are still available (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard  men's hockey team welcomes New Hampshire to Bright Hockey Center Tuesday night for the Crimson's first non-league game of the season and the teams' first meeting since 2005.

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Game On
• The Crimson is coming off a weekend split on its first road trip. Harvard defeated Clarkson, 3-2, and lost at St. Lawrence, 4-3. Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) led the Crimson with three points and two goals during the weekend.

• Harvard has won two of its last three games and has lost once in its last four (2-1-1).

• Harvard is 9 for 34 on power plays through six games, ranking fourth nationally in power-play efficiency at 26.5 percent. The Crimson has netted at least one power-play tally in each game this season and has scored two man-advantage goals in three of its six outings.

• Danny Biega and Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) share the Harvard scoring lead with six points each. Killorn has scored a team-high three goals, while Biega leads the squad with four assists. Both players are tied for fifth in ECAC Hockey scoring, while Killorn is tied for fifth goals and Biega for fifth in assists.

• Among Division I defensemen, Danny Biega is tied for fifth nationally in scoring at one point per game. With two goals and two assists for 0.67 points per game, Patrick McNally (Glen Head, N.Y.) ranks fourth in scoring among the nation's freshman defensemen.

• Thirteen different players have accounted for Harvard's last 15 goals, with defensemen Danny Biega and Patrick McNally scoring twice in that span.

• Harvard leads the all-time series against New Hampshire, 18-11.

Last Weekend
Harvard hit the road for the first time this season and split a pair of one‑goal games. Danny Biega scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period Friday night at Clarkson, as the Crimson killed a five‑minute penalty to close out a 3-2 win. Eric Kroshus (Calgary, Alta.) scored in the first period, and Tommy O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal in a second period that was delayed 15 minutes after Patrick McNally broke a pane of glass with a shot. Steve Michalek (Glastonbury, Conn.) made 30 saves.

It was St. Lawrence's Gunnar Hughes breaking a third-period tie with the game‑winning goal Saturday, lifting the Saints to a 4-3 win. That came after McNally and Biega logged power‑play goals and fellow defenseman Dan Ford (Skaneateles, N.Y.) tied the game earlier in the third. Michalek stopped 28 SLU shots, and Mike Seward (Winchester, Mass.) earned his first Harvard point, an assist on Ford's goal.

Power Surge
Operating at its 26.5-percent clip, the Crimson's power play ranks first in ECAC Hockey play. Dating back to last season, the Crimson has scored at least one power-play goal in 10 straight games and has netted 20 man‑advantage goals in its last 12 ECAC Hockey games.

Power Players
Danny Biega and Alex Killorn share the league lead with five power-play points each in ECAC games. Killorn and Patrick McNally are tied for second in the league with two power-play goals apiece.

Who's Hot?
Danny Biega is coming a three-point weekend (2-1-3). while Patrick McNally has recorded four points (2-2-4) in the last three games.

Defensemen have scored Harvard's last four goals and scored or assisted on 11 of the last 12.

Poll Position
Harvard has received votes in four of the eight weeks of the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.

Middle Men
Harvard has outscored its opponents, 10-4, in second periods this season.

Consistent Output
The Crimson has scored in each of its last eight periods. Harvard scored three times in the second period of its 4-2 win against No. 18 Colgate (Nov. 12) and has scored once in each of the seven periods since.

Road Warriors
The Crimson is playing its fifth home game in seven games this season and its last until Jan. 13. Harvard plays seven straight road games before returning home to face Union.

The Bright Stuff
Harvard is 62-37-5 (.620) at home under Ted Donato '91 and 284-130-30 (.673) all-time at Bright Hockey Center, which opened in 1979-80.

Series History
The Harvard-UNH series dates back to a 13-2 Crimson win in 1943. When the teams last faced off, Nov. 8, 2005, John Daigneau '06 made 31 saves to make a first-period goal by Brian McCafferty '09 hold up. The Crimson's 1-0 road win snapped a six-game series win streak for the Wildcats that included a 3-2 overtime decision in the 2005 NCAA tournament. The teams last met at Bright Hockey Center Jan. 28, 1997, a 7-5 UNH victory.

Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire lost each of its first four games but bounced back with a seven-game unbeaten streak. That run included Friday's 5-0 shutout of UMass Lowell but ended in a  4-1 loss Saturday at Boston University. The Wildcats have won five of their six home games but are seeking their first road victory.

Stevie Moses and Nick Sorkin have totals of five goals, seven assists and 12 points each to share the team lead in all three categories. Five players have tallied the Wildcats' five game‑winning goals, and Matt Di Girolamo has been in net for each win. He owns a 3.13 goals‑against average and .893 save percentage in 11 starts.

Block Party
Max Everson (Edina, Minn.) has blocked nine opponents' shots to lead the Crimson. Ryan Grimshaw (Rochester, N.Y.) and David Valek (Zagreb, Croatia) have blocked eight shots each.

On the Dot
Alex Killorn leads Harvard's centers in faceoff win percentage at .582 (46-33), while Colin Moore is 34-29 (.540). Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) (11-5, .688) and Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) (10‑5, .667), usually wings, have the team's highest percentages.

Staying Positive
Dan Ford leads Harvard in plus/minus at +2.