Men's Ice Hockey Continues Road Swing at No. 8 Boston College Tuesday

Desmond Bergin and the Crimson take on Boston College at Kelley Rink Tuesday (Gil Talbot).


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Date
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Stats
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Harvard at Boston College
Tuesday, Nov. 11
7 p.m.
Kelley Rink
Eagle Vision
Live Stats
WHRB 95.3 FM
Harvard | Boston College


The Storyline
The Harvard men's hockey team (1-0-2) will face-off against No. 8 Boston College (4-4-0) for the 121st time in history Tuesday night at Kelley Rink. The third straight road game for the Crimson is set for puck drop at 7 p.m.

Inside the Glass
• With a win at Rensselaer Friday and a tie the following night at No. 8/8 Union, the Crimson stand at 1-0-2 through the first three games of the season.  The Crimson join Robert Morris and No. 5 Michigan Tech as the only three unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I hockey this season. 

• Tuesday's matchup against the Eagles is the first out-of-conference game of the season for Harvard. The Crimson will also face Bentley, No. 3 Boston University and No. 4 UMass Lowell in non-league games this month.

• Boston College will be the second ranked opponent the Crimson will face. The Eagles dropped to No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll that was released Monday, Nov. 10. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll will be released Tuesday.

• Boston College opened the year winning four of its first five contests, but has since dropped three straigt and enters Tuesday's game 4-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in Hockey East. Last week the Eagles were shutout by UConn on the road Wednesday night and No. 5/5 Boston University at home on Friday.

• Harvard has four student-athletes riding three-game point streaks. Co-captain Kyle Criscuolo has an assist in each of the first three games, Alexander Kerfoot and Luke Espositio each have a goal and two assists, while Jimmy Vesey has three goals and a helper.

• Boston College won last season's meeting at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, 5-1. The Eagles have been in control in the series of late, winning the last nine head-to-head meetings with the Crimson. 

• In the ECAC standings, the Crimson are in fourth with four points. Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence also have four points, but earned them via two wins, to stand tied for second, while Rensselaer is in first with six points.

Filling the Box Score
The Crimson had three players record at least two points in a single game for the the first time this season at Rensselaer on Nov. 7, 2014. Patrick McNally, Jimmy Vesey and Brian Hart all had two points against the Engineers. 

Last season the Crimson accomplished that feat four times. It's highest number of multi-point scorers came in a 7-4 win over Boston University on Jan. 4, 2014 when five players recorded at least two points.

Stonewalling
On Nov. 8, 2014 at Union, goaltender Steve Michalek eclipsed the 40-save plateau, making 42 stops against the Dutchmen. That mark was just one shy of his career-best 43 he set on Nov. 2, 2013 at home against Union. 

Starting Strong
For the second straight season, forward Kyle Criscuolo has recorded a point in each of the first three games. He has an assist in each of the Crimson's games this year, while last season he scored twice in the season-opener versus Bentley, assisted in a road game at RPI and scored and provided a helper in the return trip from the Engineers.

Scouting the Eagles
Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald has accounted for 29 percent of the Eagles goals this season, scoring a team-best seven times. He has one assist on the year for a team-high eight points. The trio of Adam Gilmour, Alex Tuch and Teddy Doherty are tied for second with six points, with Doherty leading in the assists department with five.

Sophomore Thatcher Demko has started all eight games in goal for the Eagles. The San Diego, California, native has a .921 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA, earning a 4-4-0 record.

About Boston College
After a hot start to the season that saw Boston College go 4-1, the Eagles have cooled off, dropping its last three games. The recent losing skid commenced with a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 10/12 Denver, and continued last week with shutouts losses to UConn (1-0) and then No. 5/5 Boston University (3-0). 

The Eagles first five games played out in a more favorable fashion, outscoring its opponents 24-14. Boston College put up six goals during that span in games against New Brunswick and R.I.T.

Following Tuesday's game, the Eagles will play teh next two Saturday's on the road at Michigan State (Nov. 14) and at UMass (Nov. 21). Harvard and Boston College could meet one more time this season in the second round of the 63rd Annual Beanpot Championship at TD Garden on February 9.

Last Year vs. Boston College
The Eagles came away with a 5-1 victory last November at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Johnny Gaudreau scored twice for Boston College, while Luke Esposito recorded Harvard's only tally on a power play effort in the third period. Clay Anderson and Dan Ford provided the assists on Esposito's goal.

Series History: Boston College
Harvard trails in the all-time series against Boston College, 44-71-5. The series dates back to Jan. 19, 1919 with the Crimson posting a 7-2 victory in the first ever meeting. The Eagles have held the edge in recent years, winning the last nine meetings. Harvard last downed Boston College on Nov. 7, 2006 by a 4-0 score at home.