No. 9/9 Men's Hockey Visits No. 7/7 Boston University in Battle of Top-10 Teams

Adam Fox is averaging 1.14 points per game, the second-most among defensemen nationally (Gil Talbot).


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No. 9/9 Harvard (5-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC) 
at No. 7/7 Boston University (6-4-1)
Nov. 22, 2016
7 p.m.
Agganis Arena
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Campus Insiders
L, 5-6 (Jan. 7, 2016)
Harvard trails, 68-78-6
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The Opening Faceoff
The 153rd meeting of the Harvard and Boston University men's ice hockey teams will take center stage Tuesday evening at Agganis Arena. The matchup pits the ninth-ranked Crimson against the seventh-ranked Terriers in a 7 p.m. puck drop broadcast on Campus Insiders. 

The First Line
• Saturday will be the third-straight game for Harvard against a top-10 opponent. Harvard is 1-1-0 in games against top-10 ranked teams this year, falling 4-2 at then-No. 7/8 Quinnipiac, before topping then-No. 3/3 Boston College, 5-2, at Bright-Landry Hockey Center last Friday.

• In all five of its victories this season, Harvard has scored four or more goals. The Crimson ranks third in the nation with a 4.29 goals per game average, trailing only Penn State (4.77) and Ohio State (4.38).

• The last time Harvard and Boston University met at Agganis Arena (Nov. 25, 2014), the Crimson posted a 3-2 overtime victory to upset the No. 1/1 ranked Terriers on their home ice. Jimmy Vesey and Kyle Criscuolo scored in regulation for the Crimson, but a third-period goal from Ahti Oksanen forced overtime for the Terriers. Criscuolo came through again in the extra frame for the visiting team, scoring at 3:10. That was the last win over a No. 1 team for Harvard and it was part of a seven-game win streak.

• Senior winger Tyler Moy has recorded a point in every game this season and has three multi-point games. He has four points (2G, 2A) in the last two games against top-10 Quinnipiac and Boston College.

Last Time Out
Harvard improved to 5-1-1 on the season with its triumph at Bright-Landry against crosstown rival Boston College Friday night. Going down 1-0 midway through the second period, Harvard rattled off the next five goals on its way to the 5-2 win. The Crimson was 3-for-7 on the power play in the game, getting extra-skater tallies from Alexander Kerfoot, Luke Esposito and Tyler Moy. Merrick Madsen made a season-high 33 saves in net against a Boston College offense that ranked in the top-five nationally entering the game.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers sport a 6-4-1 overall record heading into Tuesday's showdown with the Crimson. Boston University has split its last two weekends, going out and falling 4-0 at Michigan before defeating the Wolverines, 4-2. This past weekend, Boston University played a home-and-home with Connecticut, winning the road contest Friday, 2-1, and then dropping a 4-0 decision at Agganis Saturday.

Patrick Harper is the top points contributor for the Terriers offense with 15 points and 10 assists. Jordan Greenway has a team-best six goals to support 13 points. Freshman Jake Oettinger has been the main backstop for Boston University, starting 10 games and holding a 5-4-1 record. He is averaging just over two goals per game (2.02) and has a .922 save percentage.

While the Terriers' power play has struggled, scoring on just 13.8 percent (8/58) of its attempts, the penalty kill has been smothering opponents, allowing power play goals against at just a 9.7 percent clip (7/72).

Series Record vs. BU: 68-78-6
Last Five Meetings: 3-2-0
Jan. 7, 2016 - L, 5-6
Feb. 3, 2015 - L, 3-4 (2ot)
Nov. 25, 2014 - W, 3-2 (ot)
Feb. 10, 2014 - W, 6-2
Jan. 4, 2014 - W, 7-4

Beanpot Throwback
Harvard and Boston University played one of the most memorable Beanpot games in recent memory Feb. 3, 2015. The first-round contest lasted 82:18, the longest Beanpot game in Harvard history and Crimson netminder Steve Michalek '15, set a program-record with 63 saves, but the Terriers scored 2:18 in the second overtime to secure the 4-3 win.

Fox Hole
Freshman Adam Fox has made a name for himself on the Harvard blue line through the first six games of the season. The Jericho, New York native, and Calgary Flames prospect is leading the team with eight assists. His 1.14 points per game mark ranks second among all defensemen in the country and seventh among all rookies. He trails only classmate, and fellow freshman blue liner, John Marino for the top +/- on the team. Fox's +7 (tied with senior Tyler Moy) is one behind Marino's +8.

Striking First
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. The Crimson's win over Boston College Friday, Nov. 18, was its first in which it did not score first and did not have the lead after the first period.

Filling the Box Sheet
Senior Tyler Moy has recorded a point in every game this season, the only Crimson to do so. He leads the team with 11 points (5G, 6A), and has three multi-point games to his credit. His seven-game streak is the longest since Alexander Kerfoot's 11-game stretch from Nov. 7, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016. 

Scoring Offense
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 4.29 mark. 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 is boasting a 2.29 scoring margin through the first seven games of the season, the second-best mark in Division I. Harvard's offense is averaging 4.29 goals, while the defense has surrendered just 2.00, the fourth-lowest in the nation. 

Power Play Power
The Crimson has converted on 28.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season. It's 9-for-32 success rate is second-best in the country.