Desmond Bergin and the Crimson face Northeastern Monday at TD Garden (Gil Talbot).
No. 7/7 Harvard (13-6-3, 9-4-3 ECAC) vs. Northeastern (9-13-5, 4-8-4 HEA)
The Opening Faceoff
Harvard and Northeastern will face off in the consolation game of the 64th Annual Beanpot Monday afternoon at TD Garden. Puck drop for the 101st meeting between the Crimson and Huskies is slated for 4:30 p.m.
The First Line
• Of the 100 prior meetings between Harvard and Northeastern, 43 of those have come at the Beanpot and 21 have occurred in the Beanpot consolation matchup. Harvard holds the edge in Beanpot meetings, 23-19, and a slight 11-10 advantage in consolation contests. Overall, the Crimson boasts a 65-35-0 edge over the Huskies.
• Harvard and Northeastern last met in the Beanpot consolation game in 2012 with Harvard coming away with a 3-2 victory on Luke Greiner's shorthanded game-winner in the third period. Alex Killorn and Alex Fallstrom scored earlier in that game for the Crimson.
• Harvard enters Monday's contest with the nation's leading power play unit. Converting 23 of its 75 man-up opportunities, the Crimson is converting at a 30.7 clip. Harvard and St. Cloud State are the only two Division I teams with conversion percentages above 30, with Huskies coming in at 30.3.
• Of the 13 current Crimson that have played versus Northeastern, only Desmond Bergin has a point. The senior defensemen has two assists against the Huskies in three games.
Goals from Ryan Donato and Kyle Criscuolo gave the Crimson a 2-1 lead over No. 4/4 Boston College after the first 20 minutes, but the Eagles netted two power play tallies in the second frame and held off Harvard's late surge to earn a 3-2 victory Monday, Feb. 1 at TD Garden. Merrick Madsen stopped 30 shots in net for Harvard.
In the nightcap semifinal game, No. 9/9 Boston University posted a 3-1 victory over Northeastern to set the stage for tonight's consolation match between the Crimson and Huskies and the finals between the Eagles and Terriers.
• Head coach Ted Donato '91 has a 6-17 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 seven Beanpot games during his career, the most of any player on the current roster.
• With a +5 rating, six assists and nine 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 123 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 - 52-75
Semifinal - 25-39
Championship - 10-15
Consolation - 17-21
Overtime - 6-12 (0-2 2ot)
Vs. Northeastern - 23-19
Consolation vs. Northeastern - 11-10
Last Time Out
Harvard participated in a pair of one goal games over the weekend, edging Brown, 3-2, but falling to No. 11/11 Yale, 2-1. Against the Bears Friday, Kyle Criscuolo scored the game-winner, his sixth of the season, with his seventh power play tally with 3:15 left to play. The next night out, Jimmy Vesey scored the game's first goal against Yale, but the Bulldogs scored the next two and held off Harvard flurry of third period attempts for the victory.
It has been the ultimate tale of two seasons for the Huskies. After starting the season 2-12-2, with both wins coming over Colgate (8-18-2), Northeastern has reeled off a 7-1-2 record, including its 2-2 draw Friday evening at No. 8/8 UMass Lowell.
Junior Zach Aston-Reese and senior Mike McMurty pace the Northeastern offense with 23 and 20 points, respectively. The duo has done it with assists with Aston-Reese dishing out 16 helpers and McMurty 15. Sophomore Nolan Stevens has a team-best 10 goals. Freshman Ryan Ruck has been in net for 23 games this season, posting a 7-10-4 record, .909 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA.
Series History vs. Northeastern
Monday's matchup will mark the 101st meeting in the all-time series between the Crimson and Huskies. Northeastern won the first meeting on Dec. 4, 1940, 7-4, but Harvard took the next four games, scoring at least 10 goals in three of the contests. From 1967-1978, the Crimson topped the Huskies 16-straight times as it built its current 65-35-0 advantage in the series. The most recent duels have favored Northeastern, as they have won five of the last six, including the most recent in the Beanpot semifinals in 2014.
Meeting at TD Garden for the semifinals of the 62nd Annual Beanpot, Northeastern scored two goals in all three periods, highlighted by three power play strikes, to skate off with a 6-0 victory Feb. 3, 2014.
Harvard and Michigan are the only two teams in the country with two skaters among the top-5 in goals per game this season. Jimmy Vesey ranks second at 0.82, while Kyle Criscuolo comes in fifth at 0.75.
Dishing it Out
Junior Alexander Kerfoot is one of just four players in the nation averaging more than one assist per contest. At 1.14 assists per game, Kerfoot ranks second nationally, trailing only New Hampshire's Tyler Kelleher's 1.18. Michigan's JT Compher (1.12) and North Dakota's Nick Schmaltz (1.09) round out the foursome.
On Jan. 29, senior Kyle Criscuolo and Jimmy Vesey were recognized as two of the 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The honor highlights student-athletes that remained in school for four years, while showing excellence in the community, the classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced during the NCAA Men's Frozen Four in April.
Senior Kyle Criscuolo was named one of five student-athletes in college hockey named a finalist for the 2016 Hockey Humanitarian Award. The HHA is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen – a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.
Trio for Walter Brown
The Crimson trio of Kyle Criscuolo, Jimmy Vesey and Merrick Madsen were named semifinalists for the 2016 Walter Brown Award. The oldest nationally-recognized hockey honor, the Walter Brown Award honors the top American-born college hockey player in New England. Vesey is the reigning award winner and a four-time semifinalist. Criscuolo is a semifinalist for the second-straight season, while Madsen earned his first semifinalist honor.
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 74 career goals tying him with Mike Vukonich for sixth all-time in the Crimson record books.
Best of the Month
On Feb. 3, Jimmy Vesey was honored as the January Player of the Month in the ECAC. He also earned the award for the month of November. He is the only skater to earn two Player of the Month honors this season. In January, Vesey scored eight goals and had eight assists in nine games leading Harvard to a 6-3 record.
Over the last two seasons, senior forward Jimmy Vesey has led the nation in scoring.
Most Goals, Last Two Seasons
50 – Jimmy Vesey, Harvard (NSH)
43 – Sam Anas, Quinnipiac
39 – Ahti Oksanen, Boston University
39 – Ralph Cuddemi, Canisius
38 – Austin Ortega, Omaha
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 30.7 percent of its opportunities (23-of-75), including its 3-of-4 showing Jan. 23 at Cornell. That conversion percentage leads the nation.
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).