CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Seeking its fourth win in five games, the Harvard men's hockey team visits Dartmouth Friday night in a rematch of a 2011 ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Thompson Arena.
Looking Back to Tuesday
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• The Crimson came back from four goals down to defeat New Hampshire, 7-6, Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center. Colin Blackwell (North Andover, Mass.) scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the third period, after Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) notched two goals and an assist in the second period. It was Harvard's greatest scoring output since the 2008 ECAC Hockey playoffs.
• Harvard has won three of its last four games and has lost once in its last five (3-1-1).
• This is the 196th meeting between the Crimson and Big Green. Harvard leads the series, 126-60-9, but Dartmouth took two out of three in last season's playoffs, with each game decided by one goal.
• Harvard is 10 for 38 on power plays through seven games, ranking fourth nationally in power-play efficiency at 26.3 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 seven outings.
• The Crimson ranks 12th nationally in scoring at 3.43 goals per game.
• Alex Killorn leads Harvard with five goals and nine points. He ranks 13th nationally in goals per game (0.71) and is tied for 19th in points per game (1.29).
• Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) leads the Crimson with six assists and ranks second on the team with eight points. He is tied for fifth nationally among defensemen in scoring at 1.15 points per game. Patrick McNally (Glen Head, N.Y.) has six points on two goals and four assists. He ranks 14th in scoring among the nation's defenseman, third among freshman defensemen.
Last Time Out
The Crimson scored seven goals over the final two periods to storm back from a four‑goal, first‑intermission deficit and defeat New Hampshire, 7-6, Tuesday night at Bright Hockey Center. Colin Blackwell netted the tying and go‑ahead goals in the third period, while Alex Killorn notched two goals and an assist to lead the Crimson to a dramatic win in its first non-league game of the season.
Eric Kroshus (Calgary, Alta.), Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) and David Valek (Zagreb, Croatia) also scored as Harvard trimmed a 4-0 UNH lead after one period to 5-4 through two and went ahead in the third. Fallstrom and Valek also recorded assists, while Danny Biega and Patrick McNally logged two helpers apiece. Steve Michalek (Glastonbury, Conn.) stopped 24 of the 28 UNH shots he faced in a relief win.
Goals, Goals, Goals
Harvard's seven goals Tuesday marked its greatest output since defeating Quinnipiac, 11-0, to open the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals March 14, 2008. The Crimson last scored seven or more goals in a regular‑season game in an 8-1 win at Union Feb. 1, 2005. Tuesday's game featured the most combined goals in a Harvard game since an 8-6 home win against Princeton Nov. 13, 2004.
Harvard last rallied from a four-goal deficit to win Feb. 6, 2004, when the Crimson trailed 4-0 after one period and 5-1 in the second before coming back to win, 7-5, in New Haven, Conn.
So You're Telling Me There's a Chance
This season, Harvard trailed in two of its three wins so far and its tie against No. 19 Quinnipiac.
Patrick McNally is riding a team-high four-game point-streak and has six points on two goals and four assists in that span. Danny Biega has logged two straight multi-point games and has two goals and three assists in the last three contests. Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.) has registered an assist in each of the last three games. Alex Killorn has totaled two goals and two assists in the last two.
Harvard has received votes in four of the eight weeks of the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.
Defensemen assisted on six of Harvard's goals Tuesday and have scored or assisted on 17 of the Crimson's last 19 tallies.
Harvard has outscored its opponents, 14-5, in second periods this season. The Crimson outscored UNH, 4-1, in Tuesday's second period.
The Crimson has scored in 10 of its last 11 periods and has netted at least three goals in three of those frames.
Harvard is playing the first of seven straight road games. The Crimson returns home to face Union Jan. 13.
Dartmouth swept a home-and-home series from the Crimson on Thanksgiving weekend last year, but Harvard had turned around its season by the time the teams met with a berth in the ECAC semifinals in Atlantic City, N.J., on the line.
Visiting Harvard won the first game, as Alex Killorn, Alex Fallstrom and Michael Del Mauro '11 scored and the Crimson hung on, 3-2. In Game 2, Michael Biega '11 scored in the third period to tie the game, but Andrew Owsiak bounced a puck off a defender 97 seconds into overtime for a 2-1 win. Fallstrom scored twice in the third game, but James Mello's 35 saves keyed a 4-3 Big Green win to advance.
Harvard owned a 6-1-1 record in the previous eight meetings with Dartmouth before the Big Green swept the 2010-11 regular season series. The Crimson previously lost just once (7-0 in 2000-01) to the Big Green in a 20-game span from 1996 to 2004 and owns a 126-60-9 all-time series edge. The teams first met Feb. 7, 1907, a 12-3 Crimson win at Harvard Stadium.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth won three of its first four games and climbed to No. 17 in the USCHO.com national poll but has lost three of its last four. The Big Green is coming off a North Country split that ended with a 4-0 loss at Clarkson.
Rookie Tyler Sikura leads Dartmouth with four goals, while Dustin Walsh has logged a team‑high seven points (2-5-7). The Big Green boasts a pair of senior goaltenders. Second-team all-league pick James Mello started the team's first six games, but former ECAC Rookie of the Year Jody O'Neill has started the last two. O'Neill leads the team with a .922 save percentatge and 2.02 goals-against average.
Operating at a 26.5-percent clip in ECAC Hockey play, the Crimson's power play ranks first in the league. Dating back to last season, Harvard has scored at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games and has netted 20 man‑advantage goals in its last 12 ECAC Hockey games.
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. Killorn leads Harvard with three total power-play goals, including one Tuesday.
Max Everson (Edina, Minn.) blocked three UNH shots Tuesday, giving him a team-high 12 blocked shots on the season. Ryan Grimshaw (Rochester, N.Y.) has blocked 10 shots, while David Valek has blocked nine.
On the Dot
Alex Killorn leads Harvard's centers in faceoff win percentage at .571 (56-42), while Colin Moore is 35-32 (.522). Alex Fallstrom (15-6, .714) and Daniel Moriarty (Bienfait, Sask.) (11-5, .688), usually wings, have the team's highest percentages.
Dan Ford leads Harvard in plus/minus at +3. David Valek is +2.
The six healthy freshman skaters in Harvard's highly ranked rookie class have combined for six goals and seven assists in the last four games.