Senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot leads Harvard into its matchup with top-five Boston College (Gil Talbot)
No. 11/10 Harvard (4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 11/10 Harvard men's hockey team (4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) rounds out the first month of the season with three out-of-conference games, beginning this Friday with a visit from No. 3/3 Boston College (10-2-1, 5-0-1 HEA). Friday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, as well as the Ivy League Digital Network with puck drop slated for 7 p.m.
The First Line
• The Crimson and Eagles are meeting for the 125th time in the all-time series that dates back to a 7-2 Harvard win on Jan. 19, 1919. Boston College has the edge in the series, 74-45-5, and has won the last three meetings, including the first-ever matchup between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament last spring. Boston College won that matchup, 4-1.
• Friday's game pits two of the top-scoring squads in the country against one another. Harvard is averaging 4.17 goals per game, good for third nationally, while Boston College is tied for sixth with a 4.00 goals per game mark. Both teams are also in the top-10 nationally in scoring defense. The Crimson is limiting opponents to 2.00 goals (tied-4th) and the Eagles are giving up an average of 2.08.
• Boston College represents the second-straight top-10 opponent the Crimson will face and is the second in a stretch of three games against some of the nation's top teams. Harvard, ranked No. 11/10 in its own regard, fell to No. 7/8 Quinnipiac, 4-2 last Friday, hosts No. 3/3 Boston College Friday and then visits Agganis Arena and No. 4/4 Boston University Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Last Time Out
Harvard split its second weekend of ECAC action, downing Princeton, 5-2, on Friday, before dropping its first game of the season, at then-No. 7/8 Quinnipiac, 4-2. Despite the loss, Harvard proved a formidable foe to the Bobcats, posting a 32-21 shots on goal advantage and controlling most of the game play through the first two periods. Sophomore Viktor Dombrovskiy scored goals in both games and senior Tyler Moy has kept his point streak intact all season with a goal against Princeton and two assists versus Quinnipiac.
Scouting Boston College
Since an Oct. 14 loss at Wisconsin, the Eagles have posted a 9-0-1 record and have risen to No. 3/3 in the national polls, receiving first-place ballots in both. It's current 10-game unbeaten streak is the longest in the nation. In its last game, Colin White and David Cotton scored power play goals to lead Boston College to a 3-1 win over Arizona State at Conte Forum.
Six skaters have 10 or more points this season, including White's 10 (7G, 3A). The trio of Austin Cangelosi, Ryan Fitzgerald and Matthew Gaudreau lead the way with 13 points apiece. Cangelosi has lit the lamp eight times. Freshman Joe Woll has made 10 starts in goal, earning a 7-2-1 record that is supported by a .930 save percentage and a 2.09 GAA.
Series Record vs. BC: 45-74-5
Last Five Meetings: 1-4-0
March 25, 2016 - L, 1-4
Feb. 1, 2016 - L, 2-3
Feb. 23, 2015 - L, 2-3 (ot)
Nov. 11, 2014 - W, 6-3
Nov. 20, 2013 - L, 1-5
The freshman duo of Adam Fox and John Marino are making an immediate impact on the blue line for the Crimson. Fox, a Calgary Flames prospect, and Marino, an Edmonton Oilers draftee, are leading the team with a +7 rating. Fox has a team-best six assists, good for a 1.00 point per game mark, tied for seventh-best in the nation among defensemen. Marino has a goal and an assist this season.
Harvard is 4-0-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the game. It boasts the same record when leading after the first period.
Jimmy Vesey '16, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner, was recognized Monday, Nov. 14 at The Globies award dinner as Boston's top collegiate athlete from the 2015-16 academic year. The Globies is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Boston Globe that honors the top athletes from the greater-Boston region.
The Crimson's offense has continued to fire on all cylinders in 2016-17 after finishing ninth in the country with a 3.41 goals per game average in 2015-16, Harvard is third the nation with a 4.17. The 3.41 average from a season ago was the highest for Harvard since 2002-03 when it put up 3.91 per contest.
Harvard boasts eight players on its 2016-17 roster that were selected in the NHL Entry Draft:
• Ryan Donato (2014, Boston, 2nd rd.)
• Adam Fox (2016, Calgary, 3rd rd.)
• Alexander Kerfoot (2012, New Jersey, 5th rd.)
• Merrick Madsen (2013, Philadelphia, 6th rd.)
• Sean Malone (2013, Buffalo, 6th rd.)
• John Marino (2015, Edmonton, 6th rd.)
• Tyler Moy (2015, Nashville, 6th rd.)
• Wiley Sherman (2013, Boston, 5th rd.)
Ivy League Digital Network
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