No. 4/4 Harvard (8-2-1, 4-1-1 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
The 2016 calendar year will come to a close for the No. 4/4 Harvard men's hockey team with a home ECAC contest Friday, Dec. 30 against Rensselaer. Puck drop at Bright-Landry Hockey Center is slated for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on NESN and the Ivy League Digital Network.
The First Line
• Harvard is sporting a 3-0-1 record on its home ice this season as it embarks on a three-game homestand. Following Friday's matchup, the Crimson will welcome No. 14/13 Quinnipiac and Princeton to begin the New Year. January will be a busy month for the Crimson, playing nine games in a 22-day split.
• The Crimson boast the nation's top power play percentage at 30.6 percent. Harvard has 15 goals in 49 opportunities and its percentage is 1.4 better than second place Nebraska-Omaha.
• Freshman Adam Fox and senior Alexander Kerfoot represent the nation's 1-2 punch atop the assists per game list. Fox leads the country with a 1.36 APG, while Kerfoot stands second at 1.27. The duo has 29 combined assists and has accounted for 32.6 percent of all assists for the Crimson this year.
Last Time Out
Harvard has been on a 27-day hiatus since sweeping St. Lawrence and Clarkson at the beginning of the month. The North Country sweep was the first for the Crimson since 2002. On Dec. 2, Alexander Kerfoot posted a four-point performance in a 4-2 triumph against the Saints, and then the Crimson followed it up with a 7-4 win against the Golden Knights. The goal total matched Harvard's season high.
The Engineers are just 3-16-1 overall and at 1-9-0 in the ECAC, are in 12th place in the conference standings. Rensselaer is 1-10 on the road this season, including losing each of their last four games on the road against ECAC foes. The Engineers are giving up nearly four goals a game, while they are only scoring 2.20.
Senior Riley Bourbonnais has a team-high nine goals, while Evan Tironese leads the way with 16 assists and 20 points. Jared Wilson has accounted for all three game-winning goals for the Engineers. Chase Perry and Cam Hackett have split time in net this season, with Perry playing 13 games to Hackett's 10. Neither has a GAA under 3.50 or a save percentage above .905.
Series Record vs. Rensselaer: 53-37-7
Last Five Meetings: 3-1-1
March 12, 2016 - W, 8-2
March 11, 2016 - W, 5-2
Feb. 12, 2016 - L, 1-2
Dec. 5, 2015 - T, 0-0 (ot)
Nov. 28, 2015 - W, 4-0
Two for Two
Twice this season, senior Tyler Moy and sophomore Ryan Donato have scored twice in the same game. The first instance came in season-opener Oct. 28 at Arizona State, while the pair did it again Dec. 3 at Clarkson. In both games, the Crimson scored seven total goals.
Freshman Adam Fox was one of 23 selected to represent the U.S. at the IIHF World Junior Championships this week in Canada. Fox recorded an assist and a +1 in the 6-1 opening win over Latvia.
Weeks in the Polls
The Crimson rose to No. 4 in each of the most recent national polls. Harvard has been ranked in the USCHO.com poll for 58 weeks, while it has spent the last 40 weeks ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Leading the Way
Senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot is setting the tone for the Harvard offense this season. His 19 points lead the Crimson and he has recorded a point in ten of Harvard's 11 games. He is in the midst of a nine-game point streak, including notching 10 points in his last three games.
Bursting Out the Gate
Senior forward Tyler Moy's started the season with an eight-game point streak. It was the longest streak until classmate Alexander Kerfoot's reached nine against Clarkson Dec. 3.
Harvard's eight game-winning goals this season have come from the sticks of six different skaters. Tyler Moy has three to his name, while Ryan Donato, Luke Esposito, Jake Horton, Devin Tringale and Lewis Zerter-Gossage each has one game-winner to his credit this year.
Points in Bunches
Senior center Sean Malone, linemate winger Ryan Donato and senior center Alexander Kerfoot each have five multi-point games this season, the most on the team. All three recorded their fifth multi-point efforts in the 7-4 win at Clarkson Dec. 3.
Scoring Four or More
Four goals have been the magic number for the Crimson this season, as all eight of its wins has come when it has scored four or more times. Harvard is also 6-0-1 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 leading the team with 15 assists. His 1.45 points per game mark ranks first among all defensemen in the country and third among all rookies. Fox also leads the Crimson with a +12.
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 4.45 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 2.09 scoring margin through the first 11 games of the season, the third-best mark in Division I. Harvard's offense is averaging 4.45 goals, while the defense has surrendered just 2.36, the 12th-lowest in the nation.
Power Play Power
The Crimson has converted on 30.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season. It's 15-for-49 success rate is tops in the country.
Harvard has tallied six shorthanded goals this season, its most since it reached that number in 2002-03. Twice this season Harvard has netted two man-down goals in the same game. The first came in season-opener at Arizona by Ryan Donato and John Marino. On Dec. 3, Donato and Sean Malone both scored shorthanded goals on an empty net at Clarkson.
Prior to this season, the last time Harvard scored twice a man down in a single game was Jan. 4, 2014 in a 7-4 win versus Boston University. Malone accounted for both goals.