Harvard has 10 Beanpot titles in program history (Gil Talbot).
No. 7/7 Harvard (12-4-3, 8-3-3 ECAC) vs. No. 5/5 Boston College (17-4-4, 10-1-4 HEA)
The Opening Faceoff
The 64th Annual Beanpot gets underway Monday, Feb. 1 at the TD Garden with the No. 7/7 Harvard men's hockey team taking on the No. 5/5 Boston College Eagles at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NESN and TSN1/3. The Crimson and Eagles are meeting for the first time since BC's 3-2 overtime victory in last year's consolation game.
The First Line
• Harvard has won its last three contests, and four of its last five heading into Monday's matchup with the Eagles. With its 4-1 win Friday evening at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Harvard improved to 12-4-3 overall and 8-3-3 in the ECAC to rank second in the conference standings with 19 points. With a 6-0-1 record and 13 points in the Ivy League, Harvard has a three-point lead in the Ancient Eight standings.
• Harvard is seeking its first Beanpot Championship berth since 2008 when it defeated Northeastern, 3-1, in the semifinals before falling to the Eagles in a 6-5 overtime battle.
• Harvard has 10 Beanpot titles in program history with its most recent championship coming in the 41st Beanpot in 1993. In that year, Harvard trumped Northeastern, 7-5, in the semifinals and then topped Boston University, 4-2, in the championship.
• The Crimson has only played one other Beanpot school this season, dropping a heartbreaker at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center Jan. 7 to Boston University, 6-5.
63rd Beanpot Recap
Harvard played in two overtime games in the Beanpot for just the third time in the history of the tournament last year (1987, 1998). Harvard and Boston University engaged in the longest game in Beanpot history in the semifinals with the Terriers capturing a 4-3 victory in the second overtime after 82:18 of action. In the game, senior netminder Steve Michalek made a Beanpot record 63 saves en route to becoming the third Harvard goalie to earn the Eberly Award.
In the consolation game, Boston College forced overtime with a third period goal by Matthew Gaudreau and Ryan Fitzgerald netted the winner 1:16 into the extra frame.
• Head coach Ted Donato '91 has a 6-16 record in Beanpot games. In non-Beanpot games against the other Boston schools, Donato has coached the Crimson to a 9-11-1 record.
• Senior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo has skated in all six Beanpot games during his career, the most of any player on the current roster.
• With a +4 rating, six assists and eight points, Criscuolo has also been the top offensive performer in the Beanpot.
• Steve Michalek '15 made a Beanpot and Harvard record 63 saves in last year's semifinal against Boston University. He added 24 saves in the consolation game to finish four shy of the Beanpot record for saves in the tournament, but was awarded the Eberly Award as the goaltender with the best save percentage over the two games.
• Since the first Beanpot in 1952, Boston schools have won 10 national championships. Each time, the title-winning team won the Beanpot earlier in the season.
• Harvard made its first appearance since 1998 in the Beanpot championship game in 2008, losing a thriller to BC, 6-5, in overtime. The Crimson trailed, 5-3, until Jon Pelle '08 and Mike Taylor '08 scored in the final nine minutes of the third period to send the game to an extra session. Taylor had two goals and an assist in the game. Doug Rogers '10 recorded a goal and two assists. Alex Biega '10 had two assists. Kyle Richter '10-11 made 27 saves. Nick Petrecki scored the winning goal for the Eagles at 7:07 of overtime. Petrecki had two goals, as did Brian Gibbons.
• The Crimson narrowly missed trips to the Beanpot championship game in each of Ted Donato's first three years behind the bench. Harvard suffered a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Northeastern in the 2005 semifinal. BU held off a late Crimson charge (Harvard scored twice and held a 25-6 advantage in shots in the final period.) and added an empty-net goal for a 5-3 win in the 2006 semifinals. BC scored twice to rally and added an empty-netter in a 3-1 win against the Crimson in the 2007 first round.
• The rivalries with BU, BC and Northeastern are Harvard's most-contested among non-conference opponents. Many of those games took place when all the schools were part of the 17-team ECAC. Harvard has met Boston University 152 times, Boston College 122 and Northeastern 100.
• The Crimson's nine-year championship appearance drought that ended in 2008 was the longest in school history. The current 22-year title drought is Harvard's longest.
• Ted Donato made his Beanpot debut behind the Harvard bench in 2005, giving that tournament three teams with prominent alumni of their programs at the helm. Donato was 3-5 in Beanpot games as an undergrad, helping the team to a Beanpot title in 1989. With Jim Madigan taking over head coaching duties at Northeastern and David Quinn replacing Jack Parker at BU, every Beanpot school has a former player as head coach for the 2016 tournament.
• There are six Massachusetts natives and nine total New England natives on the Crimson roster.
• 1955 Beanpot MVP Bill Cleary '56 was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1995. He holds Beanpot records for goals in a period (four), game (five[tie]) and tournament (seven); and points in a period (five), game (seven) and tournament (11). He went on to coach Harvard to four Beanpot titles.
• Joe Cavanagh '71 holds the record for career points in the Beanpot with 19 (7-12-19) and was a member of the inaugural induction class to the Beanpot Hall of Fame, alongside Bill Cleary, in 1995.
Beanpot Situational Records
Overall - 52-74
Semifinal - 25-38
Championship - 10-15
Consolation - 17-21
Overtime - 6-12 (0-2 2ot)
Overall vs. BC - 13-27
Semifinal vs. BC - 9-11
Last Time Out
Harvard pushed its win streak to three games Friday night with a 4-1 triumph over Ivy League foe Princeton. Sean Malone began the scoring with a power play tally 1:56 into the game. Tyler Moy notched the game-winner and Jimmy Vesey went on to add two insurance goals in the third period to give him a team-high 16 scores this year. Merrick Madsen improved to 11-1-2 in goal as his first season as the starter, making 33 saves against the Tigers.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles have yet to lose in 2016, posting a 4-0-3 mark during the month of January. Boston College capped its successful January with a 4-0 shutout at Notre Dame Friday, snapping the Fighting Irish's 12-game unbeaten streak. BC has just one Hockey East defeat this year, a 2-1 loss to Providence in Florida December 29 and is 10-1-4 in the conference.
Freshman Colin White leads the Eagles in scoring with 15 goals and 33 points. White and Miles each have 18 helpers, trailing only Zach Sanford's 19 for the team-lead in that category.
Junior Thatcher Demko has been exceptional in goal for BC, recording a nation-leading eight shutouts to support his 16-4-3 record. Demko enters Monday with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.
Series History vs. Boston College
The Eagles hold the advantage in the all-time series with a 72-45-5 record against the Crimson. Harvard won the first-ever meeting in the series on Jan. 19, 1919 by a score of 7-2. Boston College, though, has held the upper hand in recent memory, as Harvard has just one victory in the last 11 meeting. Last season Harvard defeated BC, 6-3, on Nov. 11 in Chestnut Hill in a game that saw junior Alexander Kerfoot break out with a five-point performance and a hat trick.
Harvard and BC met in last season's Beanpot consolation game that was moved to Feb. 23 due to the immense winter weather in the Boston region. Harvard held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period with second period goals by Alexander Kerfoot and Sean Malone, but the Eagles forced overtime with a Matthew Gaudreau third period goal and then won it in overtime when Ryan Fitzgerald scored at 1:16.
With No. 7/7 Harvard, No. 5/5 BC and No. 9/10 BU all ranked in the top 10 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, the 2016 semifinals will feature the first-ever Beanpot with three teams ranked among the nation's best 10 squads since those organizations began publishing rankings in the 1990's.
Over the last two seasons, senior forward Jimmy Vesey has led the nation in scoring.
Most Goals, Last Two Seasons
48 – Jimmy Vesey, Harvard (NSH)
40 – Sam Anas, Quinnipiac
39 – Ahti Oksanen, Boston University
38 – Austin Ortega, Omaha
38 – Ralph Cuddemi, Canisius
For the first time this season, Harvard student-athletes earned multiple weekly awards from the ECAC on Jan. 26. Senior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo, who scored the game-winners in the victories at Colgate and Cornell, was named the Player of the Week. Freshman forward Michael Floodstrand recorded a goal and assist for the first multi-point game of his career to earn Rookie of the Week honors. Both awards were the first for each player.
Special Teams Success
Harvard's power play has been lethal this season, scoring on 31.9 percent of its opportunities (22-of-69), including its 3-of-4 showing last Saturday at Cornell. That conversion percentage ranks second in the nation. The Crimson's penalty kill has also done well this season, killing off 85.5 percent of penalties, good for 10th nationally.
Games on Games
Friday's game at home against Princeton began a 10-day stretch in which the Crimson is scheduled to play five games. After the Princeton matchup, Harvard has the Beanpot each of the next two Mondays, with road games at Brown and Yale sandwiched in between.
70 is Elite
Senior forward Jimmy Vesey joined a list of the most prolific scorers to wear a Harvard jersey Friday, Jan. 22 when he netted the 70th goal of his career. He is just the seventh Harvard player to reach that plateau. He enters Monday with 72 career goals.
In addition to joining the top-10 ranks among Harvard's all-time goal scorers, Vesey also entered the top-20 of all-time point scorers this season. With 130 points he ranks 20th on Harvard's all-time list.