No. 8/8 Harvard (6-2-1, 2-1-1 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 8/8 Harvard men's hockey team will make its last road trip of the 2016 calendar year, as it heads to North Country to square off against No. 19/- St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The games will be the final competition for the Crimson before the mandatory Ivy League break for finals, with next matchup for Harvard at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center against Rensselaer Dec. 30.
The First Line
• This weekend is a return to ECAC Hockey competition for the Crimson, who went 2-1 against out-of-conference foes over the last two weeks. Harvard defeated then-No. 3/3 Boston College and Bentley by 5-2 scores, but dropped a road game at then-No. 7/7 Boston University, 5-3.
• Freshman Adam Fox, this week's ECAC Rookie of the Week, is leading all defensemen nationally in points per game with a 1.22 mark. Fox has one goal and is tied for the team-lead with 10 assists this season. His 1.22 ppg is also the fifth-best among all rookies in the country.
• Harvard's line featuring seniors Luke Esposito, Sean Malone and Tyler Moy has played together in all nine games this season and has combined for 15 goals and 19 points, both top figures among all line combinations this season.
Last Time Out
The Crimson closed out the first month of the season with a 5-2 triumph over Bentley at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center last Saturday. Five different Crimson potted goals, with senior Alexander Kerfoot providing assists on four of the tallies. Kerfoot now has a seven-game point streak, one shy of Tyler Moy's season-best of eight games.
Scouting St. Lawrence
The Saints sport the nation's third-longest unbeaten streak at nine games, going 5-0-4 over that span. Over the holiday break, St. Lawrence played in the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, skating to a pair of ties against Quinnipiac (0-0) and UMass (2-2). Quinnipiac won the shootout in the first game, but St. Lawrence posted a 2-1 shootout win in the second game.
St. Lawrence sits atop the ECAC standings with 12 points, riding its stringent defense to that total. The Saints have the best scoring defense in the conference, allowing an average of just 1.00 goals per ECAC game. Junior netminder Kyle Hayton is leading the league with a 0.98 GAA and .966 save percentage in 429:41 minutes of action, the most among all ECAC goaltenders.
Senior Gavin Bayreuther is pacing the Saints offense with 18 points, while Mike Marnell and Joe Sullivan each have seven goals.
Series Record vs. St. Lawrence: 56-44-7
Last Five Meetings: 3-2-0
March 18, 2016 - W, 2-1 (ot)
Feb. 27, 2016 - W, 4-1
Jan. 15, 2016 - W, 3-2
Feb. 20, 2015 - L, 1-5
Jan. 17, 2015 - L, 1-5
The Golden Knights have been similarly successful of late, posting a seven-game unbeaten streak at 5-0-2, tied for the fourth-longest nationally. Clarkson is third in the ECAC standings and is coming off a tournament championship at the Shillelagh Tournament at Notre Dame with a shootout win over Yale and a 2-0 blanking of the host Irish.
Freshman Devin Brosseau has a team-high 14 points and 10 assists. Senior Jordan Boucher has potted seven goals to lead Clarkson. Rookie Jake Kielly has been the primary goaltender, posting a 7-4-3 record bolstered by a .923 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA.
Clarkson is one of the most penalized teams in the nation, averaging 18.1 minutes per game in the box, tied for the third-most.
Series Record vs. Clarkson: 54-54-11
Last Five Meetings: 3-2-0
Feb. 26, 2016 - L, 1-2
Jan. 16, 2016 - L, 1-5
Feb. 21, 2015 - W, 3-2
Jan. 16, 2015 - W, 6-3
Feb. 14, 2014 - W, 1-0 (ot)
Senior forward Tyler Moy's eight-game point streak to start the season is the longest on the team this season, but classmate Alexander Kerfoot is in the midst of a seven-game point stretch. Kerfoot had the longest point streak last season at 11 games.
Harvard's six game-winning goals this season have come from the sticks of six different skaters. Ryan Donato, Luke Esposito, Jake Horton, Tyler Moy, Devin Tringale and Lewis Zerter-Gossage each has a game-winner to his credit this year.
In The Giving Mood
In Harvard's 5-2 win over Bentley Nov. 26, senior Alexander Kerfoot dished out four assists. That number was a career-best and the most by a Harvard skater since Colin Blackwell '16 had four against Cornell March 16, 2012.
Points in Bunches
Senior center Sean Malone and linemate winger Ryan Donato each have four multi-point games this season, the most on the team. Malone had his fourth multi-point game against Boston University Nov. 22 (2-0-2), while Donato reached that number Nov. 26 against Bentley with a goal and two assists.
Scoring Four or More
Four goals has been the magic number for the Crimson this season, as all six of its wins has come when it has scored four or more times. Harvard is also 5-0-1 when allowing two goals or less.
Freshman Adam Fox has made a name for himself on the Harvard blue line through the first nine games of the season. The Jericho, New York native, and Calgary Flames prospect is tied for the team-lead with 10 assists. His 1.22 points per game mark ranks first among all defensemen in the country and fifth among all rookies. Fox also leads the Crimson with a +9.
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 4.22 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.
Junior defenseman Wiley Sherman is one of six players in college hockey standing 6'7". Those six players are just one inch shorter than the tallest player in the NCAA, Maine's Stephen Mundinger.
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.
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