Men's Hockey Enters Stretch Run With Road Contests at St. Lawrence, Clarkson

Men's Hockey Enters Stretch Run With Road Contests at St. Lawrence, Clarkson

Harvard will play its final regular season weekend series against St. Lawrence and Clarkson (Gil Talbot).

Complete Game Notes

Highlights: Harvard vs. Colgate

Highlights: Harvard vs. Cornell

Vote For Danny Biega for Senior CLASS Award

This Weekend
In its final road trip of the 2012-13 regular season, the Harvard men's hockey team looks to climb the ECAC standings with games against North Country foes St. Lawrence and Clarkson.    

Harvard vs. St. Lawrence Series History

The Crimson and Saints have met 99 times with Harvard holding a 53-40-6 lead in the all-time series. 1954 was the inaugural year of the Harvard-St. Lawrence series and the Crimson won the initial two matchups, the first being a 3-2 overtime victory at Boston Arena. Harvard has claimed wins in three of the last five meetings, scoring four goals in each of the victories. The Saints won their first game at Bright Hockey Center since 2009 earlier this season.

Jan. 26, 2013 at Bright Hockey Center
In just its second home game of the 2013 portion of the schedule, the Saints took a 2-0 lead with a pair of markers before the halfway point of the opening stanza. Jimmy Vesey was at it again, logging a power-play tally at 14:42 of the period to cut the Harvard deficit to one after the first frame. 11 seconds into the second, Vesey struck again, tying the game at 2-2. A Saints power-play strike gave them the lead once again, but Alex Fallstrom's marker at 13:29 of the second leveled the score at 3-3 after two full periods. A scoreless third forced Harvard's fourth overtime game of the season and George Hughes fired true with 1:23 showing on the clock to give the Saints a 4-3 win.  

Scouting The Saints
St. Lawrence started the year on fire, rattling off five wins in its first six games to climb into the national rankings. However, from the middle of November to the start of the New Year, the Saints endured a trying stretch where they earned just two wins in 12 games. After splitting a two-game series with RIT, the Saints got back to ECAC play with renewed vigor, and enter the Harvard matchup as one of the hottest teams in the conference. Winners of six of their last eight contests, the Saints have vaulted themselves into a tie for third in the ECAC standings.

Junior forward Greg Carey continues to be the story of the year for the Saints, emerging as a legitimate Hobey Baker contender with a 1.50 points-per-game average that ranks No. 1 in the nation. He also leads the country in total points (23-22-45) and is the only player in the country with more than 20 goals on the season. Senior Kyle Flanagan is close behind with 40 total points on the year, and his 27 assists is the highest total on the team. George Hughes, a senior defenseman, leads all blueliners with 4-24-28 points.

Almost 98% of the playing time in goal has gone to junior Matt Weninger, as he has started all 30 games for the Saints this season. He holds a .916 save percentage and 2.69 goals-against average on the year.    

Harvard vs. Clarkson Series History
After 112 meetings between Harvard and Clarkson, the teams have nearly identical records in the all-time series, with the Knights holding a slim 51-50-11 edge. The teams first played in 1935; a three-game series leading up to the New Year that resulted in the teams splitting the first two and tying the rubber match. Recent history has favored the Crimson, with Harvard collecting five victories in the last six meetings. The Crimson has won its last three games played at Cheel Arena.  

Jan. 25, 2013 at Bright Hockey Center
After a seven-game road swing, the Crimson returned home for its first ECAC home weekend of 2013. Jimmy Vesey got things off on the right foot against Clarkson, scoring a goal just 2:34 into the game and giving Harvard a 1-0 lead at the first break. The lead held until late in the second when Clarkson netted a pair of scores just nine seconds apart to swing the lead to the Golden Knights after two periods. Clarkson's Joe Zarbo completed his hat trick in the third as the guests poured in three more in a 5-1 final.       

Scouting The Golden Knights
Clarkson finds itself right in the thick of a hotly contest race for home ice in the first round of the ECAC Tournament and still has a chance to clinch a first round bye with four league games to go. Clarkson has had a tough go of it in non-conference action with just one win in 12 contests, but a 7-8-3 ECAC record has kept the Golden Knights in contention. Clarkson topped Princeton, 3-2, and fell to No. 1 Quinnipiac, 2-1, last weekend, and will host Harvard travel partner Dartmouth Friday before facing the Crimson Saturday.

Two junior forwards, Allan McPherson and Jarrett Burton, sit atop the team points chart, with McPherson holding the team lead with 9-14-23 on the season. Burton is next with 8-9-17 points, and sophomore Joe Zarbo has a team-high 12 goals this year. Freshman Paul Geiger is the top-scoring defenseman on the squad with 2-9-11 points in his rookie campaign.

Freshman Greg Lewis has earned the bulk of the playing time in goal for Clarkson, starting 27 of 30 games this season. He holds a .903 save percentage and 2.85 goals-against average heading into the weekend.     

Last Time Out
Riding the momentum from a 7-4 upset of No. 11/13 Boston University in the Beanpot consolation game, Harvard earned three league points last weekend with a 4-1 win over Colgate and a 2-2 tie against Cornell.

After neither team scored in the first, Alex Fallstrom needed just 43 seconds to get the Crimson on the board in the second. A power-play goal from Mike Borkowski at 5:40 leveled the score at one, but Marshall Everson struck twice in the final nine minutes of the frame to give the hosts a 3-1 edge. Kyle Criscuolo earned primary assists on both of Everson's scores, while Brian Hart had secondary assists on both goals. Dan Ford banked home an empty-net tally with 30 seconds to play to cap the 4-1 final.

A night later, Cornell jumped out to a 1-0 lead but Fallstrom's power-play marker with 26 seconds to play in the first evened the score at 1-1 after one. Everson struck for the sixth time in four games to give Harvard a 2-1 lead, but Nick D'Agostino tied the score at 2-2 just over eight minutes later, and the score stayed tied through the overtime period.

Marshall Everson became the first Harvard player to earn ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors for the 2012-13 season. The week of Feb. 10-16 saw the senior tally six goals in four games, including back-to-back two-goal games against Boston University and Colgate. His four-game goals streak is the longest on the team this season, and his four-game point streak is one short of his career high.
"C"LASSy Finalist
Senior Danny Biega, the 120th captain of the Harvard men's hockey team, was named a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. He is Harvard hockey's second-ever candidate for the award, and first since Brian McCafferty '09 was a candidate in 2009. Biega is one of 10 finalists and the award winner will be selected during the NCAA Frozen Four April 11-13 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is the only Senior CLASS Award finalist from ECAC Hockey.  

Biega is coming off his most prolific year in Cambridge. In 2011-12, Biega received CCM Hockey first team All-America honors, was a runner-up for ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and was the named the league's Best Defensive Defenseman. He was named to the ECAC Hockey Championship All-Tournament team and All-Ivy League first team  and ranked second in the nation in points per game among defensemen (1.03).

Kyle Style
Freshman Kyle Criscuolo missed 10 games due to an injury, but has logged five assists in six games since his return. Four of those five assists have been primary helpers on goals scored by Marshall Everson. Criscuolo enters the St. Lawrence/Clarkson weekend riding a three-game point streak.

Fallstrom File
Alex Fallstrom brings a four-game point streak into the Clarkson/St. Lawrence weekend. He has four points (2-2-4) in that span and is one game short of tying his career-high point streak.

Assist Men
Brian Hart and Colin Blackwell have been busy handing out helpers recently. Hart has four assists in the last three games, and Blackwell has three in the last four contests. Hart has logged a point in seven of his last 13 games, and has 11 total points (2 goals, 9 assists) over that span.

Killer Start
Former Harvard great Alex Killorn '12 was recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Syracuse Crunch last Sunday and registered his first NHL point on an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Three games later, Killorn logged his first NHL goal, putting the Lightning up, 2-1, in the first period of an eventual 6-5 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Killorn skated in 44 games with the Crunch this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranked tied for second on the Crunch in assists with 22 and was tied for the team lead with seven power play goals. He ranked first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.

Valid Points
With a win over Colgate and a tie against Cornell last weekend, the Crimson recorded its first three-point ECAC weekend of the season.  

Cool Hand Luke
In his 114th game in a Harvard uniform, senior Luke Greiner (Faribault, Minn.) netted his first collegiate hat trick against BU in the Beanpot consolation game. Greiner's previous career high for goals in a game was one, accomplished 16 times in his tenure with the Crimson.

Prior to Greiner's showing, Harvard's most recent hat trick came courtesy of David Valek, who collected three goals in an 8-2 win over Yale March 11, 2012 in the ECAC quarterfinals.

Multiple For Marshall
Marshall Everson teamed with Luke Greiner against BU to give Harvard two, two-goal scorers in a single game for the first time this season. The last time Harvard accomplished the feat was in the 6-1 win over Cornell in the 2012 ECAC tournament semifinal. In that game, Everson and Alex Killorn had two goals each.