Devin Tringale and the Crimson welcome Bentley to Cambridge Saturday night (Gil Talbot).
No. 9/9 Harvard (5-2-1, 2-1-1 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey team (5-2-1) will play its first game post-Thanksgiving, hosting Bentley at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. The game will be broadcast live on One World Sports, the Ivy League Digital Network and Facebook Live.
The First Line
• Senior winger Tyler Moy has recorded a point in every game this season and has three multi-point games. The eight-game point stretch is the longest since Alexander Kerfoot had an 11-game streak last season. In Harvard's last three games, Moy has five points (2G, 3A).
• Harvard and Bentley are meeting for the fourth-time ever, with Harvard having won each of the first three meetings. The Crimson has outscored the Falcons, 13-1 in the previous meetings.
• Harvard is coming off a stretch of three-straight games against top-10 ranked opponents. The Crimson took down then No. 3/3 Boston College, 5-2, but suffered its only two setbacks of the season to then No. 7/8 Quinnipiac and current No. 7/7 Boston University.
• Saturday's game against Bentley is the final out-of-conference matchup for the Crimson until the 65th annual Beanpot in February. Harvard is 3-1 against non-ECAC Hockey opposition this season, including two games over Arizona State and the triumph against Boston College. Harvard is slated to play Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot February 6.
Last Time Out
Despite Sean Malone scoring twice and the Crimson's second line registering five total points, Harvard dropped a 5-3 decision at Boston University Tuesday night. The Terriers were able to convert on two of its five power play chances, while Harvard was 0-for-3. Alexander Kerfoot scored accounted for Harvard's third goal of the game, a shorthanded effort during a 5-on-3 penalty kill.
Atlantic Hockey's Bentley Falcons sports a 3-5-3 overall record and a 2-4-2 conference record heading into the post-Thanksgiving matchup. The Falcons have had a full week off since its last contest, a 2-1 victory over AHC foe Mercyhurst. Bentley is 1-1-2 during November.
Bentley has struggled on special teams, scoring on only three of its 41power play chances. It has allowed 12 power play tallies during its 62 man-down experiences. The Falcons have scored five times shorthanded.
Senior Max French has dished out a team-best eight assists to support his team-leading 10 points. Kyle Schmidt and Alexey Solovyev each have four goals this season. Junior Jayson Argue has made 11 starts in goal for the Falcons, posting a 2.61 goals-against and a .922 save percentage.
Series Record vs. Bentley: 3-0-0
Last Three Meetings: 3-0-0
Nov. 21, 2014 - W, 5-1
Oct. 26, 2013 - W, 3-0
Oct. 27, 2012 - W, 5-0.
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 12 points (5G, 7A), and has three multi-point games to his credit. His eight-game streak is the longest since Alexander Kerfoot's 11-game stretch from Nov. 7, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016.
Points in Bunches
Senior center Sean Malone leads the Crimson in goals (six) and has a team-best four multi-point games this season, including recording two points in each of the last two games against Boston College (1G, 1A) and Boston University (2G).
Scoring Four or More
Four goals has been the magic number for the Crimson this season, as all five of its wins has come when it has scored four or more times. Harvard is also 4-0-1 when allowing two goals or less.
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 1.00 points per game mark ranks fifth among all defensemen in the country and eighth among all rookies. Fox also leads the Crimson with a +8.
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 4.13 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.
Sophomore Ryan Donato and freshman John Marino each scored shorthanded goals in the season opener at ASU. The last time Harvard scored twice a man down was Jan. 4, 2014 in a 7-4 win versus Boston University. Sean Malone accounted for both goals. Harvard's third shorthanded tally this season came from Alexander Kerfoot at Boston University Nov. 22. His came with the Crimson killing a 5-on-3.
Wealth of Experience
The Harvard roster features 15 juniors and seniors, tied for second most in the NCAA. Only Princeton, Quinnipiac and Vermont have more at 16.
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.)
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.
Harvard placed 25 student-athletes on the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team led by junior Thomas Aiken, who earned a spot on the Commissioner's List as the top scholar for Harvard in 2015-16.