Harvard will test its mettle on the road against Princeton and No. 5/9 Quinnipiac this weekend (Gil Talbot).
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After an extended break from conference play, the Harvard men's hockey team returns to ECAC action with road games against Princeton and No. 5/9 Quinnipiac. The Tigers represent Harvard's fourth Ivy League opponent of the season while the Bobcats will be the third ranked team the Crimson has faced this year.
Watch From Home
Harvard's game against Quinnipiac will be broadcast live on New England Sports Network (NESN). Princeton will provide video of Friday's matchup here.
Harvard vs. Princeton Series History
In Harvard's second-most contested series, the Crimson holds a commanding 147-56-11 edge in 214 career meetings. The first game of the series was played in 1902 in New York City, where Harvard skated to a 6-3 victory.
Recently, the matchups have been closely contested with seven of the past nine meetings being either one-goal games or ties. Harvard is 4-3-2 against the Tigers in that stretch.
Last Season Against The Tigers
Harvard and Princeton played to a pair of 4-3 decisions last season with each team taking a victory at the opposing team's rink.
In Harvard's second game of the 2011-12 season, Princeton posted three separate two-goal leads and held off a late Crimson onslaught to capture the 4-3 win at Bright Hockey Center. Eric Carlson and Michael Sdao struck on the power-play before Alex Killorn '12 cut the lead to 2-1 after two periods of play. Aaron Kesselman's goal and Carlson's second power-play strike proved to be enough for the Tigers, as another Killorn tally and a goal from Luke Greiner couldn't rally the Crimson.
The teams met again in 2011 at Baker Rink where Harvard returned the favor with a 4-3 win. Man-up scores from Patrick McNally and Marshall Everson put Harvard out in front, 2-0, but consecutive goals from Marc Hagel, spaced just 12 seconds apart, knotted the score at 2-2 after two periods. A power-play goal from Eric Kroshus '12 gave Harvard the lead early in the third and Danny Biega netted the game-winner with 13:01 remaining to seal the win.
Harvard vs. Quinnipiac Series History
Saturday's game will be just the 18th meeting between the two teams, with Harvard holding a slight 8-6-3 edge in the all-time series. The Bobcats kicked off the series with a 5-2 win at the Hartford Civic Center, Nov. 4, 2005, but Harvard was unbeaten in the next five matchups, posting a 3-0-2 mark. There has only been one shutout in the previous 17 meetings, an 11-0 pounding by Harvard in the first of a three-game ECAC Hockey Tournament series March 14, 2008.
Last Season Against The Bobcats
It was a front-loaded affair when the teams met for the first time during the 2011-12 season, as the scoring was completed just after the midway point of the game. Jeremy Langlois got things going with a first period goal for the Bobcats, but Conor Morrison answered with a power-play goal just 1:19 into the second frame. Cory Hibbeler put the guests back out front 6:09 later, but David Valek knotted the score at 2-2 heading into the third. Neither team was able to score the rest of the way and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Quinnipiac took a commanding 3-1 lead after the first period in the second meeting of the 2011-12 slate, but goals from Eric Kroshus and Danny Biega in the second squared the game at 3-3 heading into the final 20 minutes. It was all Crimson in the third as Luke Greiner and Alex Fallstrom picked up goals and Biega added an empty-net tally to complete the 6-3 win.
Scouting The Tigers
Princeton stumbled out of the gate in 2012-13, dropping a pair of one-goal games to Brown and Yale in the season-opening Ivy Shootout in Providence, R.I. The squad quickly rebounded with a signature win over then-No. 4 Cornell and a 4-0 shutout of Colgate. The Tigers tied ranked league foes St. Lawrence (3-3) and Union (4-4) on the road, but fell in a home-and-home against travel partner Quinnipiac Dec. 7-8. In the Catamount Cup Dec. 29-30, Princeton skated to a 2-2 tie with Merrimack and fell, 6-3, to host Vermont a day later.
Sophomore Tyler Maugeri (6-10-16) and junior Andrew Calof (5-11-16) share the team lead in points, while fellow forward Andrew Ammon also has double-digit points on the year with five goals and five assists. Senior defenseman Eric Meland leads all Tiger blueliners with nine points (0-9-9), while Michael Zajac is the top rookie scorer with 2-2-4 points this season.
Senior Mike Condon has been the choice in net for the Tigers this season, starting 11 of 14 games and yielding a 2.71 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Scouting the Bobcats
Quinnipiac enters the weekend as the hottest team in the country, riding the nation's longest unbeaten streak at 12 games (11-0-1). Picked to finish fourth in ECAC Hockey, the Bobcats have been perfect (8-0-0) in eight league games and are the only ECAC team with double-digit victories as of Jan. 3. Prior to its 12-game unbeaten streak, Quinnipiac was hovering at .500 with a 3-3-1 record.
Through 18 games, the Bobcats boast the second-best scoring defense in the country, allowing just 1.58 goals per contest. They are the only ECAC team holding opponents under two scores a game this season.
Senior leadership has been the name of the game for Quinnipiac this season, as a quartet of seniors sit atop the team scoring chart heading into the weekend. Jeremy Langlois leads the team in points (20) and goals (10) and ranks within the top 30 nationally in points and goals per game. Clay Harvey enters the weekend with 3-11-14 points, followed by Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5-5-10) and Russell Goodman (5-4-9). Senior defensemen Mike Dalhuisen and Loren Barron enter the weekend with the team lead in defenseman scoring with seven points apiece.
Senior goalie Eric Hartsell has been a big reason for the Bobcats' success this year, starting 18 of 19 games and boasting a .935 save percentage and 1.43 goals against average, the third best mark in the nation. He also has four shutouts through 18 games, tied for second most in the country this season.
Last Time Out
Harvard looked poised after the first period Dec. 29 against Northeastern, but a depleted lineup couldn't keep up with a stingy Husky offense in a 5-1 defeat at Bright Hockey Center. Rookie Brian Hart notched his second goal of the season to give Harvard a 1-0 lead after the opening stanza but three power-play goals by Cody Ferriero in the second period and two more Northeastern goals in the third served to sink the Crimson.
Princeton's sophomore defender Tom Kroshus is the younger brother of former Harvard forward Eric Kroshus. The two faced each other once last season, and Eric helped the Crimson to a 4-3 win with a goal and an assist.
Repping The Red, White and Blue
After a solid training camp this summer and a successful tryout, freshman forward Jimmy Vesey earned a spot on the United States roster for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Vesey was one of 27 players to be named to the preliminary roster Dec. 4, and was one of 13 forwards to make the team, which was announced Dec. 23. Vesey joined fellow ECAC Hockey players Shayne Gostisbehere (D, Union) and Cole Bardreau (F, Cornell) on the U.S. squad.
Vesey has skated in all five games for the U.S. , helping the squad advance out of pool play and breeze past the Czech Republic, 7-0, in the quarterfinals. He has three points on three assists and is +2 for the tournament.
The U.S is looking to earn its third medal in four years, after taking home the bronze in 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y., and capturing gold in 2010 in Saskatoon, Sask. All Team USA games will be broadcast on the NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.
Let's Get Busy
With only 10 games played this season, Harvard has played the fewest contests of any team in the nation. Harvard's record will be bolstered by a busy January, which features nine contests, including seven away games.
Four was the magic number for the Crimson last season, as Harvard was unbeaten (9-0-2) when scoring four or more goals in a game. Harvard is 3-0-0 in such contests this season and 4-0-0 in games where it scores at least three goals.
Good With A Lead
The Crimson is 4-1-1 this season when leading a game at any point and is undefeated (4-0-0) when holding a lead after two periods. Harvard is also 3-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
Harvard has committed the exact same number of penalties (57) as its opponents so far this season. It also has an equal number of penalty minutes (152), minors (51) and majors (2).
A Major Feat
Harvard has been booked for two major penalties so far this season, but has killed off both infractions. The first came at Colgate Nov. 17 and the Crimson killed of a major that spanned the entire overtime period in a 2-2 tie at Merrimack Dec. 7.
Sophomore forward Tommy O'Regan has logged an assist in six of his last nine games. He recorded the longest point streak of the 2012-13 season for the Crimson, notching an assist in five straight contests from Nov. 2 to Nov. 16. The five-game point streak also marks a career long for O'Regan.
Three of Harvard's four game-winning goals this season have been scored by seniors. Luke Greiner, Marshall Everson and Brendan Rempel all have game-winning tallies, while sophomore Mike Seward is the only non-senior with a game-winner this year.
Members of Harvard's senior class have had success against Princeton and Quinnipiac in their years with the team. Danny Biega has posted 3-4-7 points in eight career games against Princeton and has a pair of goals and assists in six matchups with the Bobcats. Alex Fallstrom has five career points on five helpers against the Tigers, and has 1-3-4 points in four matchups with Quinnipiac.