No. 5/5 Harvard men's hockey hits the road for the first time this season for games at Colgate and Cornell (Gil Talbot).
The Opening Faceoff
No. 5/5 Harvard men's hockey heads to central New York this weekend to take on Colgate and No. 12/14 Cornell this weekend in its first road contests of the season. The Crimson will be in Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Raiders on Friday night (7 p.m.) before traveling to Ithaca, N.Y. for the 151st meeting between Harvard and Cornell in men's hockey on Saturday night (7:30 p.m.).
The First Line
• On Saturday night, freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh scored his first two collegiate goals and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 26 saves to lift Harvard to a 3-0 win over Brown at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Sophomore forward Nathan Krusko added his first goal of the season for Harvard, which earned its second shutout in its first three games of the year.
• Harvard is unbeaten in its last eight games against Colgate (7-0-1), a streak that dates back to Jan. 18, 2014. Harvard played at the Class of 1965 Rink (opened in 2016) for the first time last season, earning a 3-1 victory on Jan. 28, 2017. Harvard is also unbeaten in its last six games against Cornell (4-0-2), including a 4-1 win in the 2017 ECAC Hockey Championship Game on March 18 at 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., Harvard's second Whitelaw Cup in the last three seasons.
• Freshman Reilly Walsh earned ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors after a three point weekend (2G, A). Against Brown, Walsh became the first freshman defenseman to score twice in a game for Harvard since Alex Biega scored two goals in a game at Brown on Feb. 17, 2007.
• 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.
Unbeaten in its last five games, Colgate is coming off a 4-1 win at Quinnipiac on Saturday night, which followed a 0-0 tie at Princeton the previous night. Sophomore goaltender Colton Point leads the nation with a 1.08 GAA and .965 save percentage. Point has allowed two goals in his last four starts. Up front, the Raiders are led by sophomore forwards Bobby McMann (3G, 4A) and John Snodgrass (G, 5A) up front. Through 10 games, Colgate is ranked 50th in the nation in scoring (2.30 goals per game), and seventh in scoring defense (1.90 goals allowed per game), and has been strong on the penalty kill (86.7%).
The Colgate Series
Series Record vs. Colgate: 54-23-8
Last Five Meetings: 4-0-1
Jan. 28, 2017 - W, 3-1
Nov. 4, 2016 - T, 1-1 (ot)
Feb. 20, 2016 - W, 7-4
Jan. 22, 2016 - W, 4-2
March 21, 2015 - W, 4-2
The Last Meeting - Colgate
In Harvard's first visit to Class of 1965 Arena, the Crimson raced out of the gate, scoring three times in the opening frame, in a 3-1 victory on Jan. 28. Goalie Merrick Madsen made 26 saves with Jake Horton starting the scoring for Harvard, followed by goals by Sean Malone and Tyler Moy.
Cornell opened the 2017-18 season with four straight wins, sweeping Princeton (W, 5-4) and Quinnipiac (W, 2-1) last weekend.Senior forward Trevor Yates has six points (4G, 2A) to lead the Big Red. Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda has been great in net (3-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .938 save percentage). Cornell's special teams have also been excellent, it's power play is No. 1 in the nation (33.3%) and it's penalty kill is No. 2 (95.2%).
The Cornell Series
Series Record vs. Cornell: 65-74-11
Last Five Meetings: 4-0-1
Mar. 18, 2017 - W, 4-1
Jan. 27, 2017 - W, 4-1
Nov. 5, 2016 - W, 4-3
Feb. 19, 2016 - T, 2-2 (ot)
Jan. 23, 2016 - W, 6-2
The Last Meeting - Cornell
On March 18, Ryan Donato scored twice on the power play to lead Harvard to a 4-1 win over Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Tournament championship in Lake Placid.The Whitelaw Cup was the 10th in program history and the second in the last three years (2015, 2017) for Harvard.
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
Senior co-captain Merrick Madsen has been selected as one of the 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for men's collegiate hockey. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
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 and 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 70 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 19-1-3 in its last 23 games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, a run 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 31-8-6 on its home ice.
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen has etched his name in the Harvard record books. Madsen has two shutouts (Dartmouth, Brown) in three games this season bringing his career total to nine (T-2nd in Harvard history). 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 tied for fourth on the all-time wins list (48), and entered the year second on the career goals-against average list (2.04), and first on the career save percentage list (.927).
Harvard ranks No. 5 in the most recent USCHO.com poll and No. 5 in the USA Today poll, released earlier this week.Harvard has been ranked in the USCHO.com poll for 76 weeks, while it has spent the last 59 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. Donato leads the team with 19 shots on net in three games (6.33 per game) 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.
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 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 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 has scored in all three games this season (4-for-15, 26.7%) and 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.
Harvard placed 27 student-athletes on the 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.
Senior defenseman Wiley Sherman is one of nine players in college hockey standing at least 6'7", and the tallest D1 defensemen. Stephen Mundinger of Maine and Keenan Suthers of St. Lawrence, both forwards are the tallest players in the nation at 6'8".
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.
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 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.
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.
Ivy League Network
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