Harvard will take on Rensselaer in a midweek contest tomorrow night at Houston Field House (Ben Vreeland).
TROY, N.Y. -- Harvard men's ice hockey is back in action with a mid-week contest at Rensselaer just four days after taking on the Engineers on home ice last Friday night, a 3-0 win for the Crimson. Harvard is in search of its first win at Houston Field House since a 4-0 win on Nov. 7, 2014. The Crimson has won three games in a row and five of its last six contests, including four straight in ECAC Hockey play.
The First Line
• Harvard capped off a weekend sweep of RPI and Union on Saturday afternoon with a dramatic 4-3 (ot) win against the Dutchmen, with freshman Henry Bowlby scoring the game-winning goal with just 5.1 seconds to play. Bowlby scored twice in the game, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 35 saves to earn his third straight win in net.
• In each of the last three seasons, Harvard has had a winning road record in conference play. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Harvard is 45-21-9 in ECAC Hockey play overall. The Crimson plays 13 of its last 15 games this season against ECAC Hockey opponents.
• The accolades are rolling in for junior forward Ryan Donato, who has a career high 14-game point streak (14 goals, eight assists) to open the season, and leads the nation with an average of 1.57 points per game and 1.00 goals per game. The junior forward from Scituate, Mass. has scored a goal in six straight games. His 14-game point streak and six-game goal streak are the longest at Harvard since Jimmy Vesey '16 had a 20-game point streak to start the 2014-15 season, which included an eight-game goal scoring streak. Donato was named the HCA National Player of the Month for December and was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month.
Sophomore Jacob Hayhurst leads the Engineers with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists through 21 games, while junior Evan Tironese (6 goals, 6 assists) has 12 points, while senior Mike Prapavessis is third with 11 points (11 assists). RPI has lost its last six games, but has wins over league foes Quinnipiac and Yale this season. The Engineers are one of the least penalized teams in the country, averaging 9.5 PIMs per game.
The RPI Series
Series Record: Harvard leads, 56-37-7
Last Five Meetings:
Mar. 11, 2016 (H) - W, 5-2
Mar. 12, 2016 (H) – W, 8-2
Dec. 30, 2016 (H) – W, 5-1
Jan. 13, 2017 (A) – L, 4-0
Jan. 5, 2018 (H) - W, 3-0
The Last Meeting, RPI
On Friday night, freshman forward Jack Badini had a goal and an assist, junior forward Ryan Donato extended his point streak to 13 games with a goal, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen made 32 saves in net to earn his third shutout of the year, helping men's ice hockey to a 3-0 win over RPI at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.Sophomore Ty Pelton-Byce scored for the second time in as many games for the Crimson, which returned to home ice for the first time in two months.
Top Line On Fire
Over the last six games, Harvard's top forward line - Henry Bowlby, Ryan Donato, and Lewis Zerter-Gossage - has contributed an even strength goal in each game, helping the Crimson to a 5-1 record in that span. In those six games, Donato leads the team with 12 points (10 goals, two assists), Zerter-Gossage is second (two goals, seven assists), with a six-game point streak, and Bowlby is third (two goals, four assists).
Donato, Welch '05 Receive Olympic Call
Junior forward Ryan Donato and former Harvard standout Noah Welch '05 will represent the United States in men's ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, USA Hockey announced on Jan. 1. Donato and Welch were selected to the 25-man roster that will make-up the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, released during the NHL Winter Classic. Donato, a native of Scituate, Mass., is in the midst of his best individual season with the Crimson, recording a point in all 12 games to start the season and leading the team with 20 points (12 goals, eight assists).
Welch, a two-time All-American and standout defenseman at Harvard, captained the Crimson as a senior in 2004-05. The Brighton, Mass., native registered 76 points (23 goals, 53 assists) in 129 career games. Team USA will gather for its first practice in South Korea approximately a week before competition begins on Feb. 10. Harvard men's hockey is no stranger to the Winter Olympics, with 28 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.
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen has etched his name in the Harvard record books. Madsen has three shutouts (Dartmouth, Brown, Rensselaer) in 10 starts this season bringing his career total to 10 (Second 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 third on the all-time wins list (51), moving into sole possession of third with his 50th career win against Rensselaer, and entered the year second on the career goals-against average list (2.04), and first on the career save percentage list (.927).
Fox at World Juniors
Harvard will have the services of sophomore forward Adam Fox, who won a bronze medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships, one year after winning goals with Team USA. Fox, who competed a the tournament in Buffalo from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, was the team's top socring defensemen with five points (goal, four assists), including the game-winning goal in Team USA's 5-4 win against Finland on Dec. 31. Fox was named one of the team's most valuable players.
Oh Captains, My Captains
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.
Several of Harvard's freshmen have made an immediate impact. Forward Henry Bowlby leads the team with a +11 rating and has 10 points (five goals, five assists). Forward Jack Badini has nine points (four goals, five assists), and defenseman Reilly Walsh leads all Harvard defensemen with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) including a team high three power play goals.
Dominant on Draws
Freshman center Jack Badini leads the team and ECAC Hockey at 60.1% on faceoffs this season. Badini is No. 9 in the nation on draws. Junior forward Ryan Donato, who made the switch to center this season, has also been solid in the faceoff circle with a 54.2% win rate on draws through 14 games this year.
Strong on the PK
Harvard's penalty kill has been excellent through 14 games this season. Currently, Harvard ranks eighth in the nation at 87.0% (47-for-54) on the kill, including nine games this season where the Crimson has not allowed a power play goal.
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 75 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.
Through 14 games, senior defenseman Wiley Sherman leads the team with 28 blocked shots, while senior captain Jake Horton is tops among Harvard forwards with 23 blocked shots, while junior defenseman Jacob Olson has 19 blocked shots and sophomore defenseman John Marino has 17 blocks.
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.)
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.
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).
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