Alexander Kerfoot and the No. 7/6 Crimson ready for a top-10 battle at No. 4/3 Quinnipiac Friday (Gil Talbot).
No. 7/6 Harvard (3-0-1, 3-0-1) at No. 4/3 Quinnipiac (8-0-0, 2-0-0)
Harvard at Princeton (1-3-0, 0-2-0)
The Opening Faceoff
No. 7/6 Harvard men's hockey heads into the third weekend of the season with two more ECAC Hockey opponents on the docket. The Crimson takes its 3-0-1 record on the road to face No. 4/3 Quinnipiac Friday and Princeton Saturday. Both games are set to begin at 7 p.m.
The First Line
• Senior co-captain Jimmy Vesey will play the 100th game of his career Friday at Quinnipiac. With two goals in Harvard's 5-2 win over Brown last weekend, Vesey tallied his 59th and 60th scores and has 106 points in his career. Fellow co-captain Kyle Criscuolo is slated to reach 100 games played Dec. 5 at Rensselaer.
• Harvard is unbeaten in its first four games for the second-straight season. The last time Harvard started consecutive seasons without a loss in its first four games was the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons.
• Freshman goaltender Michael Lackey made his first two career starts last weekend against Yale and Brown, playing well enough to earn the ECAC Rookie of the Week award on Nov. 10. Lackey made a combined 54 saves and went 1-0-1, notching his first collegiate victory vs. Brown Nov. 7.
Last Time Out
Harvard continued its streak of playing Ivy League opponents during the second weekend of the season, hosting then No. 12/9 Yale and Brown at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. A sold out crowd at the Crimson's home rink saw the archrivals skate to a 2-2 crowd. Harvard held a 2-1 lead with under one minute to play thanks to goals from Luke Esposito and Tyler Moy, but with an extra skater Yale's Joe Snively scored his second of the game for the equalizer.
The next night out, freshman netminder Michael Lackey made 21 saves in earning his first career win in a 5-2 triumph over Brown. Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Donato both scored twice, the 11th two-goal game of Vesey's career and the first of the rookie Donato's.
The Bobcats rose to No. 4/3 in the latest national polls after knocking off Colgate and Cornell on the road last weekend. The victories moved Quinnipiac to 8-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC and helped it remain the only undefeated team in the nation. The early season schedule has heavily favored Quinnipiac as the home team, with this weekend's games against Harvard and Dartmouth at High Point Solutions Arena marking seven of the first 10 games played on its home ice.
Forwards Travis St. Denis and Sam Anas are tied with Colgate's Tyson Spink for the ECAC lead in points with 10. St. Denis leads the conference in goals with seven, while freshman defenseman Chase Priskie paces the conference with eight assists.
In net, senior Michael Garteig has earned all eight wins for the Bobcats. His 1.75 GAA is third in the ECAC, while his .928 save percentage stands fifth.
Series History vs. Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac is in its 10th season as a member of the ECAC. Since joining the conference in 2005-06, Harvard has had a slight edge on the Bobcats at 11-9-4. The series remains particularly even in recent years, with Harvard holding a slight 4-3-2 edge since the 2011-12 season. Harvard and Quinnipiac split last season's regular season series with each winning on the opponents' ice, but Harvard notched the most important win of the series in the semifinals of the ECAC playoffs in Lake Placid.
The Tigers enter the third weekend of the season with a 1-3-0, 0-2-0 ECAC record after falling on the road to Cornel and Colgate in a pair of one-goal games last weekend. Princeton opened the year hosting the Capital City Classic in Trenton, New Jersey, falling to Yale in a non-conference game before beating Maine, 3-1.
Through four games of the season, five Princeton skaters are tied for a team-lead with two points. Ben Foster, Eric Robinson and Max Veronneau each had two goals, while David Hallisey and Alex Richie have two helpers. Princeton only has one power play goal in 15 opportunities coming from the stick of Joe Grabowski.
Junior Colton Phinney has played well in net despite only having one win. He holds a .943 save mark and a 2.28 GAA.
Series History vs. Princeton
Harvard and Princeton have been meeting on the ice since March 1, 1902 when the Crimson topped the Tigers, 6-3. Harvard won eight of the first 10 meetings in the series and holds a 151-58-11 advantage in the all-time series. Harvard has won each of the last four meetings, including last year's 5-0 shutout in the regular season finale.
Five or More
Harvard has scored five or more goals in three of its first four games for the first time since 1993-94. Harvard has scored seven and five goals against Dartmouth and five vs. Brown this year. In November 1993, Harvard scored five at Brown, seven vs. Princeton and five at Cornell.
60 is Elite
With his second goal against Brown Nov. 7, Jimmy Vesey joined the upper echelon of Harvard scorers. The goal gave him 60 for his career, becoming just the 15th player in program history to reach that plateau, tying Joe Cavanagh '71.
Harvard Top 5 Plays
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 shutout since Nov. 3, 2000, a 3-0 win at Brown.
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).