Senior Jake Horton and Harvard men's hockey continues ECAC Hockey play against rival Yale tomorrow night before hosting Brown on Saturday night (Gil Talbot).
Harvard (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECACH) vs.
Harvard (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECACH) vs.
The Opening Faceoff
No. 3/3 Harvard men's hockey is back in action this weekend at home against Yale and Brown at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard's game on Friday night (7 p.m.) against Yale can be viewed on NESN and the Ivy League Network, while the Saturday night game (7 p.m.) against Brown can be viewed on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.
The First Line
• Junior forward Ryan Donato scored twice, senior captain Jake Horton added a goal and an assist, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 19 saves to help Harvard to a season-opening 5-0 win over Dartmouth on Sunday at Bright-Landry. Freshman Henry Bowlby scored his first collegiate goal, and junior Lewis Zerter-Gossage added a first period goal, as the Crimson jumped out to a 3-0 lead after opening 20 minutes and never looked back.
• Seniors Eddie Ellis, Jake Horton, and Merrick Madsen will lead the squad this season as captains. All Harvard varsity captains are elected by their teammates. This marks the first time in program history that Harvard has elected three men's hockey captains.
Tim Taylor Cup
In its fourth season of existence, the Tim Taylor Cup will once again be awarded to the Most Valuable Player of the Harvard-Yale men's hockey game played in Cambridge. The Cup was created as a way of honoring the late Tim Taylor. The captain of the 1962-63 ECAC Championship team for the Crimson, Taylor returned to his alma mater as the freshmen coach and an assistant coach before taking the head coaching job at Yale in 1978. He led the Bulldogs for 28 seasons, winning 337 games.|
Yale, which finished eighth in ECAC Hockey last season, will look to juniors Joe Snively (14 goals, 25 assists) and and Ted Hart (11 goals, five assists) as well as senior Ryan Hitchcock (three goals, 16 assists) for offense this season. The Bulldogs turn to junior Sam Tucker in net (3.05 GAA in 15 games last season). Sophomore Evan Smith (goal, two assists) enjoyed a big opening weekend against Brown.
The Yale Series
Series Record: Harvard Leads 145-89-21
Last Five Meetings:
February 6, 2016 – L, 1-2
January 21, 2017 – T, 1-1 (OT)
February 17, 2017 – W, 4-2
March 10, 2017 – W, 6-4
March 11, 2017 – W, 4-3
The Last Meeting - Yale
On March 11, Harvard closed out a perfect 13-0-2 record at Bright-Landry Hockey Center with a come-from-behind 4-3 win against Yale in Game 2 of the ECAC Quarterfinals. Tyler Moy and Louis Zerter-Gossage scored third period goals just 50 seconds apart to lift the Crimson past Yale and on its way to the Whitelaw Cup.
Brown, coming off a 12th place finish in ECAC Hockey last season, returns senior leaders Sam Lafferty (13 goals, 22 assists), Charlie Corcoran (15 goals, 13 assists), and Max Willman (11 goals, 15 assists). Sophomore goaltender Gavin Nieto returns and had a solid opening weekend against Yale (1-1-0, 2.53 GAA, .930 Save%).
The Brown Series
Series Record: Harvard Leads 113-46-13
Last Five Meetings:
March 3, 2015 – W, 4-3
November 7, 2015 – W, 5-2
February 5, 2016 – W, 3-2
January 20, 2017 – W, 3-0
February 18, 2017 – W, 6-0
The Last Meeting - Brown
On Feb. 3, 2017, Harvard earned a 5-2 win over Dartmouth, led by Sean Malone who scored twice and added an assist. Jake Horton notched a shorthanded goal, and Luke Esposito and Alexander Kerfoot added goals for the Crimson. Harvard's win kicked off a current six-game home winning streak. Harvard has won its last six meetings against Brown dating back to 2014-15.
Harvard is 85-29-4 all-time in official season-opening games and 24-12-3 in home openers since it began playing games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 1979. This marks the third straight year and the fifth time in the last six years that Harvard has opened a season with a shutout.
2012-13 - Bentley, 5-0
2013-14 - Bentley, 3-0
2015-16 - Dartmouth, 7-0
2016-17 - Arizona State, 7-0
2017-18 - Dartmouth, 5-0
NHL In The Family
Ryan Donato, Jack Donato, Ty Pelton-Byce, and Reilly Walsh are sons of former NHLers. Ted Donato, Harvard's current head coach played 13 years in the NHL, while John Byce played parts of two seasons with the Bruins, but spent over a decade playing professionally. Mike Walsh played parts of two seasons wth the New York Islanders and had a nine-year pro career.
The class of 2018 has 69 wins in three-plus seasons at Harvard and could surpass the most wins for a senior group since the class of 2006 had 82, and the most in the last 20 years of any senior class.
While Harvard lost its top three scorers from 2016-17, four of its top eight scorers are back. Leading the group is junior Ryan Donato who was fourth on the team with 40 points (21-19--40) and second in goal-scoring last year and sophomore defenseman Adam Fox (6-34-40), who led all blueliners in the nation in scoring.
Harvard is 18-0-3 in its last 21 games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, an unbeaten streak that dates back to Feb. 12, 2016. The Crimson was unbeaten at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center last season, going 13-0-2. The last time Harvard finished a season unbeaten at home was 1993-94 when it went 10-0-3. Since extensive renovations were completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Crimson is 30-7-6 on its home ice.
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen has etched his name in the Harvard record books. With 28 wins last season, he had the most wins by a Harvard goaltender in a single season, passing Grant Blair '86, who had 24 in 1985-86. Madsen will leave Harvard as one of the program's greatest goaltenders. He is currently fifth on the all-time wins list (47), second on the career goals-against average list (2.04), first on the career save percentage list (.927), and third on the career shutouts list (8).
2016-17: A Year To Remember
• Harvard had a 28-6-2 overall record, the most wins since the 1988-89 season (31) and the fewest losses in Division I college hockey. The Crimson earned its 13th Frozen Four appearance and first since 1994.
• Harvard won its 10th ECAC Hockey Tournament title and second in the last three years (2015, 2017). The title was the third under head coach Ted Donato '91 (2006, 2015, 2017).
• Harvard won a share of its 14th ECAC regular season title, the most in the conference, hoisting its first Cleary Cup (named for legendary student-athlete, coach and administrator William J. Cleary, Jr. '56) since 1993-94.
• The Crimson earned its first outright Ivy League title since 2006. Harvard has 23 Ivy League titles to its credit since the league began recognizing an official conference champion in ice hockey in 1956.
• Harvard snapped a 24-year Beanpot drought (1993) with its 6-3 victory over Boston University on Feb. 13, 2017 at TD Garden. The championship marked the 11th in the storied history of the tournament for Harvard. Nathan Krusko earned tournament MVP honors, scoring twice and dishing out an assist in the championship game.
• The Crimson was unbeaten at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center last season, going 13-0-2.
• Adam Fox was named 2016-17 CCM/AHCA first team East All-American and Alexander Kerfoot was selected to the second team.
• Fox was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year. Fox and Alexander Kerfoot were selected to the All-ECAC Hockey first team, forward Ryan Donato was tabbed to the second team and goaltender Merrick Madsen earned a spot on the third team.
• Goaltender Merrick Madsen etched his name in the Harvard record books. With 28 wins on the season, Madsen recorded the most wins by a Harvard goaltender in a single season, passing Grant Blair '86, who had 24 in 1985-86.
• Harvard had an 18-game unbeaten streak (17-0-1) dating from Jan. 20 to its Frozen Four appearance. It was the longest such streak in program history and the longest in the nation during the 2016-17 season.
Harvard boasts seven players on its 2017-18 roster that were selected in the NHL Entry Draft:
• Jack Badini (2017, Anaheim, 3rd rd.)
• Ryan Donato (2014, Boston, 2nd rd.)
• Adam Fox (2016, Calgary, 3rd rd.)
• Merrick Madsen (2013, Philadelphia, 6th rd.)
• John Marino (2015, Edmonton, 6th rd.)
• Wiley Sherman (2013, Boston, 5th rd.)
• Reilly Walsh (2017, New Jersey, 3rd rd.)
Harvard ranks No. 3 in the most recent USCHO.com poll and No. 3 in the USA Today poll, released earlier this week.Harvard has been ranked in the USCHO.com poll for 75 weeks, while it has spent the last 58 weeks ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Donato A High Volume Shooter
Opposing goaltenders can expect to see a lot of Ryan Donato on a nightly basis. The junior forward was second in the country with a 5.14 shots per game average last year. He ripped off a season-high 13 shots during his four-goal showing against Union Feb. 10, when he became the first Harvard skater since Connor Morrison on Nov. 24, 2009 to score four goals in a game. That number was the highest since Jimmy Vesey '16 had 13 against Rensselaer Feb. 12, 2016. Harvard as a team ranked fourth in the nation in shots on goal per game at 34.42.
Junior defenseman Wiley Sherman blocked a team-high 57 shots last season, helping the Crimson stymie opposing offenses. Junior defenseman Jacob Olson was second on the team with 49 blocked shots.
Sky Scraper Sherman
Senior defenseman Wiley Sherman is one of nine players in college hockey standing at least 6'7", and the tallest D1collegiate defensemen. Stephen Mundinger of Maine and Keenan Suthers of St. Lawrence, both forwards are the tallest players in the nation at 6'8".
Harvard adds eight freshmen to the roster in 2017-18. Among them are drafted defenseman Reilly Walsh (New Jersey) and forward Jack Badini (Anaheim). Up front, Harvard will also add Henry Bowlby, Jack Donato, Mitchell Perrault and Benjamin Solin. The additional new defensemen are Nick Azar and Benjamin Foley.
A Power Play
Harvard's power play was one of the best in the nation a season ago at 26.4% (42-for-159, 4th NCAA). Sophomore Nathan Krusko made his mark in his first year at Harvard on the man advantage, scoring six of his nine goals on the power play. Harvard scored a power play goal in 26 of 36 games on the season.
Wealth of Experience, But Young
The Harvard roster features 14 juniors and seniors, tied for 11th most in the NCAA. Harvard is also the 9th youngest team in the nation with an average age of 21 years, 72 days as of Oct. 1.
Harvard placed 27 student-athletes on the 2016-17 ECAC Hockey All-Academic team, the most of any school in the conference. Harvard was led by senior Thomas Aiken, who earned a spot on the Commissioner's List as the top scholar for Harvard in 2016-17.
NHL In The Family
Ryan Donato, Jack Donato, and Ty Pelton-Byce are sons of former NHLers. Ted Donato, Harvard's current head coach played 13 years in the NHL, while John Byce played parts of two season with the Bruins, but spent over a decade playing professionally.
Three former Harvard men's hockey players are now general managers in the NHL, the most of any college program. Don Sweeney '88 (Boston), Peter Chiarelli '87 (Edmonton) and Chuck Fletcher '90 (Minnesota) all skated for the Crimson. Only one other college program is represented more than once, Bowling Green: George McPhee (Las Vegas) and Brian MacLellan (Washington).
Harvard Hockey is no stranger to the Winter Olympics, with 26 men's hockey alumni selected as a coach, player, or member of team personnel of their respective national teams, including current head coach Ted Donato '91, who represented the U.S. at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
The men's hockey competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be comprised of players currently on college rosters, those with AHL only contracts and those playing professionally in Europe. Harvard has several strong candidates for the U.S. squad. USA Hockey will evaluate 30 players (none from college hockey ranks) on a preliminary team at the Deutschland Cup in Germany from Nov. 10-12.
USA Hockey expects to announce the 25 players that will make-up the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team by Jan. 1. Team USA will gather for its first practice in South Korea approximately a week before competition begins on Feb. 10.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!
Harvard is proud to announce the addition of closed captioning for men's and women's hockey to make its Ivy League Digital Network broadcasts of those two teams accessible to all.
Closed captioning for the Crimson's hockey programs will be available on desktop and mobile devices. The service is provided by Vitac (vitac.com).