Clay Anderson and his defensive teammates held Dartmouth to just two goals in last weekend's series (Gil Talbot).
Harvard (2-0-0, 2-0-0) vs. Yale (2-0-0, 0-0-0)
Harvard vs. Brown (0-1-0, 0-0-0)
The Opening Faceoff
The second weekend of the No. 7/6 Harvard men's hockey season sees two ECAC and Ivy League opponents visit the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in No. 12/9 Yale and Brown. The Crimson and its archrival Yale will go head-to-head Friday evening in a game broadcast on NESNplus, while Brown comes to town Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts.
The First Line
• Harvard last played Brown and Yale in last season's ECAC playoffs. The Crimson swept Brown in the opening round, 6-2, 4-3, before going three games in the quarterfinals at Yale. The decisive game three in New Haven went into double-overtime before Jimmy Vesey scored the game-winner to send Harvard to Lake Placid.
• Jimmy Vesey was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Nov. 3 after posting five points (2G, 3A) in Harvard's opening-weekend sweep of Dartmouth. Vesey won the award twice last season (Feb. 17, March 10).
• Harvard's sweep of Dartmouth marked just the third time under Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey, that Harvard began a season 2-0-0 (2008-09, 2012-13). Harvard last started 3-0-0 in the 1999-00 season.
Tim Taylor Cup
In just its second season of existence, the Tim Taylor Cup will once again be awarded to the Most Valuable Player of the Harvard-Yale men's hockey game played in Cambridge.
The Cup was created prior to last season as a way of honoring the late Tim Taylor. The captain of the 1962-63 ECAC Championship team for the Crimson, Taylor returned to his alma mater as the freshmen coach and an assistant coach before taking the head coaching job at Yale in 1978. He led the Bulldogs for 28 seasons, winning 337 games.
William "Bill" J. Cleary '56 Harvard Ice Hockey Endowment
Saturday, in recognition of his six-decade association with Harvard Athletics as a student-athlete, coach, and former Athletic Director, we thank and celebrate Bill "Coach" Cleary '56 and all he has meant to the Harvard Hockey program. His friends, family, and numerous former players have established the William J. Cleary, Jr. '56 Harvard Ice Hockey Endowment which will be formally announced at tonight's game. This new fund will support the Friends of Harvard Hockey and provide staffing, recruitment, out-of-region-travel, equipment, and hockey-specific facility enhancements for both the men's and women's programs. It is with profound gratitude and appreciation that we thank these donors for creating such a fitting tribute to Coach Cleary. We are proud of the history and legacy of Harvard Hockey and look forward to celebrating both teams' continued success.
Last Time Out
Harvard started the 2015-16 season off with a two-game sweep of conference foe Dartmouth last weekend. In the opener in Hanover, the Crimson raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period and never looked back en route to a 7-0 triumph. Jimmy Vesey led the way with four points (1G, 3A). Joining Vesey with multiple points in the game were Alexander Kerfoot (1G, 2A), and Victor Newell, Sean Malone and Ryan Donato all with two helpers. Seven separate skaters scored goals for Harvard.
The next night out at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Dartmouth got on the board first, but Harvard outscored the Big Green, 5-1, the rest of the way to take a 5-2 decision. Malone had three assists in the game and five separate scorers tallied goals for Harvard.
The Bulldogs enter Friday's matchup with an identical 2-0-0 record to the Crimson, albeit, each of their wins came in out-of-conference action at the Capital City Classic in Trenton, New Jersey. Yale took its first game of the tournament in a non-league contest against Princeton before skating past UMass in the championship contest, 6-1.
Scoring in Trenton was spread out among six skaters for Yale. Joe Snively, Mike Doherty and John Hayden each managed two tallies, with freshman Snively holding the early team lead in points with three. For his efforts, Snively was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week.
Yale's junior netminder, Alex Lyon, was also recognized by the Ivy League with Goalie of the Week honors after he stopped 53 of 55 shots in the two wins over the weekend. Lyon was an All-American in 2014-15.
Series History vs. Yale
From the end of the 2012 season through the end of the regular season last year, Yale held a 9-0-1 mark over the Crimson. That record was erased in the quarterfinals of the ECAC playoffs, when Harvard won the best-of-three series in New Haven to advance to the semifinals in Lake Placid. Harvard won games one and three by scores of 3-2, including the double-overtime thriller in game three that ended when Jimmy Vesey beat Alex Lyon at 16:46 of the second extra frame. Officially lasting 96:46, the game was the longest in Harvard history.
Historically, the Crimson and Bulldogs have been facing off against each other since Feb. 26, 1900. In 115 years, Harvard boasts a 142-88-19 mark all-time against its rivals from Connecticut.
The Bears opened its season on Halloween with a matchup at home against Holy Cross. In a high-scoring affair, the Crusaders came away with a 7-5 victory in Providence.
Nick Lappin and Tommy Marchin each had a goal and assist in the opener, while Max Gottlieb dished two assists as the multi-point scorers for the Bears. Junior Tim Ernst made the start in net, stopping 28 pucks sent his way.
Brown is coming off a season in which it finished 11th in the ECAC with a 5-14-3 record. Its season came to a close last March when it was swept by Harvard in the first round of the conference playoffs.
Series History vs. Brown
Brown is the oldest series opponent in which the Crimson play. Harvard began playing college hockey on January 19, 1898, falling to the Bears at Franklin Field, 6-0.
Since that loss though, the series has favored the Crimson with Harvard leading overall, 109-46-13. Last season, Harvard took three of four meetings from the Bears (11/14, 3/6 and 3/7) and outscored Brown over the four meetings, 17-9.
Goals For Everyone
Harvard had seven different goal scorers in its 7-0 win over Dartmouth to begin the season. The last time the Crimson had at least seven goals scorers in one contest was March 14, 2008, when eight players scored in an 11-0 win vs. Quinnipiac in the ECAC playoffs.
Add Another to the Board
In Harvard's opening weekend sweep of Dartmouth, Harvard scored a combined 12 goals, its most in the first two games of the year since 1990-91. That season, Harvard beat Brown, 11-2, and Yale, 7-1, for 18 goals through its first two games.
Harvard improved to 83-29-4 all-time in official season-opening games with its 7-0 trouncing of Dartmouth Oct. 31. In sweeping the Big Green in the home-and-home series to begin the season, the Crimson also improved to 23-12-2 in home openers since it began playing games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 1979.
Harvard's seven goals in the season-opener was also the first time since Nov. 4, 1995 vs. Brown that Harvard had scored at least seven goals in the first game of the season. In three of the last four years, the Crimson have shut out opponents in season-openers:
2012-13 - Bentley, 5-0
2013-14 - Bentley, 3-0
2015-16 - Dartmouth, 7-0
Prior to the 2012 blank sheet, Harvard had not recorded a season-opening shut out since Nov. 3, 2000, a 3-0 win at Brown.
Sharing the Wealth
In Harvard's season-opening win at Dartmouth, five players, Jimmy Vesey, Alexander Kerfoot, Victor Newell, Sean Malone and Ryan Donato, recorded at least two points. Harvard accomplished that feat just once last year on March 6, 2015, in the first game of the Crimson's playoff series against Brown. Harvard won the game 6-2 and Luke Esposito, Kyle Criscuolo, Sean Malone, Vesey and Colin Blackwell each had multi-point games. Harvard also had five multi-point scores on Jan. 4, 2014 when it beat BU, 7-4, the most recent game Harvard scored seven times before the Oct. 31 game.
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Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Harvard is proud to announce the addition of closed captioning for men's and women's hockey to make its Ivy League Digital Network broadcasts of those two teams accessible to all.
Closed captioning for the Crimson's hockey programs will be available on desktop and mobile devices. The service is provided by Vitac (vitac.com).