Men's Ice Hockey Makes Familiar Trip To Lake Placid, Set For Clarkson in ECAC Semis

Harvard is making its fourth straight appearance at ECAC Hockey Championship weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Gil Talbot)


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Harvard (15-13-4, 11-8-3 ECAC) vs.
Clarkson (22-9-6, 12-5-5 ECAC)

March 16, 2018
7:35 p.m.
1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena
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W, 5-2 (Feb. 17, 2018)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard, the No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, heads to Lake Placid, New York for ECAC Hockey Championship weekend for the fourth straight year, qualifying after a best-of-3 series win over Dartmouth this past weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard will take on No. 3 seed Clarkson on Friday night (7:35 p.m.) on the historic 1980 Rink at Herb Brooks Arena. 

The games will be broadcast live on Eleven Sports and Eleven Sports can be viewed in the Boston area on DirecTV, RCN Cable, and Verizon Fios. Harvard finished the season 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights (T, 6-6 - Jan. 19; W, 5-2 - Feb. 17).

The First Line
• Harvard is making its fourth consecutive trip to Lake Placid and the ECAC semifinals. Harvard is the third team in the last decade to make four straight appearances at the league's championship weekend, joining Quinnipiac (2013-17) and Cornell (2008-12). The Crimson won the Whitelaw Cup in 2015 and 2017 and reached the final in 2016. Harvard has won 10 ECAC Tournament titles, including three under head coach Ted Donato (2006, 2015, 2017).

• Harvard and Clarkson  last met in the ECAC playoffs in the 2011 first round, with the Crimson earning a series sweep (W, 2-1, 6-4) at Cheel Arena. The Crimson last took on Clarkson on championship weekend in 2004, with the Crimson winning the Whitelaw Cup with a 4-2 victory in Albany, N.Y. Harvard is 11-9-1 all-time against Dartmouth in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

• The last time Harvard was the No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, the Crimson won the Whitelaw Cup in 2006, defeating St. Lawrence in the quarterfinals, Dartmouth in the semifinal, and Cornell in the championship game for head coach Ted Donato's first conference tournament title. In fact, two of Harvard's 10 ECAC Hockey Tournament titles (1971, 2006) have come as the No. 4 seed.

Scouting Clarkson 
Clarkson rallied from down 0-1 to earn a best-of-3 series win against Colgate last weekend, and is 3-1-1 in its last five games after a 1-5-4 stretch in its previous 10 games. Clarkson began the year 18-3-1, including a 14-game winning streak. Sophomore Sheldon Rempal (22 goals, 21 assists) leads the team in scoring and goaltender Jake Kielly (21-9-6, 1.79 GAA, .931 Save%) has been excellent in net.

The Clarkson Series
Series Record: Harvard leads, 57-54-11
Last Five Meetings:
Feb. 26, 2016 – L, 2-1
Dec. 3, 2016 – W, 7-3
Feb. 24, 2017 - W, 4-1
Jan. 19, 2018 - T, 6-6 (ot)
Feb. 17, 2018 - W, 5-2 

The Last Meeting
On Feb. 17, 2018, a strong start, including first period even strength goals from Ty Pelton-Byce and John Marino helped Harvard earn a 5-2 win over No. 7/7 Clarkson on Senior Night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Goaltender Merrick Madsen made 26 saves to earn the win in net. Reilly Walsh and Jack Badini added second period power play goals, and Benjamin Solin added an empty-net goal to seal the win.

All-ECAC For Donato, Fox, Badini, Walsh
Ryan Donato and Adam Fox earned All-ECAC Hockey First Team honors and freshmen Jack Badini and Reilly Walsh each earned spots on the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team. Donato is in the midst of his best season, leading the team with 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) in 28 games. He leads the nation with an average of .93 goals per game. Fox finished the season second among league defensemen with 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 20 conference games, and is playing his best hockey of late. Badini is second among ECAC Hockey freshmen in overall goal scoring with 10 goals in 32 games, including two game-winning goals, and was seventh among league rookies with 17 points. Walsh led all ECAC Hockey rookie defensemen in league scoring with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 22 games

All-Ivy For Fox, Donato, Madsen
Junior forward Ryan Donato and sophomore defenseman Adam Fox were named First Team All-Ivy selections, and senior goaltender Merrick Madsen was named a Second Team All-Ivy honoree, the league announced on March 1. Donato (26 goals, 15 assists) has had an outstanding junior campaign for the Crimson, leading Harvard with 41 points in just 28 games played. Fox (six goals, 21 assists) leads all Harvard defensemen in scoring and was tied for third among Ivy defensemen with seven points in 10 Ancient Eight contests. Madsen was excellent this season in net for the Crimson, particularly against Ivy competition this year, going 4-3-0 with a 1.73 goals against average and .935 save percentage against Ancient Eight foes.

Crimson Power Play a Plus
Harvard's power play has gotten into a groove in the last eight games including the playoffs. The Crimson are 13-for-36 (36.1%) over the last eight contests on the man advantage with multiple power play goals in five of the last eight games. Reilly Walsh and Ryan Donato (each with three power play goals) lead Harvard during that span. Walsh topped all league players with six power play goals in conference play.

Penalty Kill On A Roll Too
Harvard's penalty kill has been on a roll too, perfect over the last four games and 16 for its last 16 overall. The Crimson are 97-for-117 (15th, NCAA) on the penalty kill on the year.

Horton Sets Games Played Mark
Senior forward Jake Horton, who has never missed a game in his four seasons at Harvard, set a program record for games played in a season. Horton enters the weekend with 139 games played, first all time in program history passing the previous Harvard record of 138 games played set by Tom Cavanagh '05.

Donato The Talk of Olympics
Junior forward Ryan Donato was the talk of the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Donato led Team USA with five goals, scoring four in two wins against Slovakia, and adding another in the team's 3-2 (SO) quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic. Donato surpassed his father Ted's goal total (4) from the 1992 Olympics.

Donato For Hobey
The accolades are rolling in for junior forward Ryan Donato (26 goals, 15 assists), one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Donato played for the U.S. men's ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics before returning to complete the season at Harvard. Donato had a career high 14-game point streak (14 goals, eight assists) to open the season, and was the first player in college hockey to reach 20 goals this year, taking just 19 games to do it. Donato was named First Team All-ECAC Hockey, the HCA National Player of the Month for December and was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month.

Donato, Welch '05 Receive Olympic Call
Junior forward Ryan Donato and former Harvard standout Noah Welch '05 represented he United States in men's ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Donato and Welch were selected to the 25-man roster that made 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. 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. 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.

ECAC Does It
Harvard has been at its best this season in ECAC Hockey play, with a 9-5-3 mark in league play in the last 16 games. Junior forward Ryan Donato led Harvard with 17 goals in 19 conference games (league-best .89 goals/game, and Merrick Madsen (7-5-2, 2.03 goals-against average, .926 save percentage, three shutouts) has been at his best against league opponents allowing two goals or less in six of his last seven starts. Harvard allowed 2.27 goals per game (.25 lower than overall) in league play.+

Fantastic Freshmen
Several of Harvard's freshmen have made an immediate impact. Forward Henry Bowlby leads Harvard forwards with a +10 rating and has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). Forward Jack Badini has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) and is Harvard's top faceoff man (60.1%), and defenseman Reilly Walsh is second among Harvard blueliners with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) including six PPGs.

Dominant on Draws
Freshman center Jack Badini leads the team and is third in the nation and second in ECAC Hockey at 60.1% on faceoffs this season. Junior forward Ryan Donato, who made the switch to center this season, has also been solid in the faceoff circle with a 53.1% win rate on draws this year.

Money Madsen
Senior goaltender Merrick Madsen has etched his name in the Harvard record books. Madsen has three shutouts (Dartmouth, Brown, Rensselaer) in 22 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 (56), moving into sole possession of third with his 50th career win against Rensselaer on Jan. 5, and entered the year second on the career goals-against average list (2.04), and first on the career save percentage list (.927). Madsen made a career high 48 saves in Harvard's 2-1 (ot) loss at Minnesota on Nov. 18, He had the most saves in a game by a Harvard goaltender since Raphael Girard made 48 saves in a win against Yale on March 10, 2012 (4th most in a game all-time).

Giving Back
Harvard hosted One Summit for a learn to skate and play hockey event on Jan. 14 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. One Summit is an organization that helps children battling cancer build confidence and courage through a partnership with a Navy SEAL. 

NHL Caliber
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.)

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 169 shots on net (6.04 per game/1st NCAA) 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 last season on Feb. 10, 2017 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. 

Giving Back
Harvard hosted One Summit for a learn to skate and play hockey event on Jan. 14 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. One Summit is an organization that helps children battling cancer build confidence and courage through a partnership with a Navy SEAL. 

Fox at World Juniors
Sophomore forward Adam Fox won a bronze medal at the IIHF World Junior Championships, one year after winning gold with Team USA. Fox, who competed at the tournament in Buffalo from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, was the team's top scoring defensemen with five points (goal, four assists), including the game-winner in Team USA's 5-4 win against Finland on Dec. 31. Fox was named one of the team's most valuable players.

Sky Scrapers
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".

General Managers
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).

Ultimate Sacrifice
Through 32 games, senior defenseman Wiley Sherman leads the team with 59 blocked shots, while senior captain Jake Horton leads Harvard forwards with 42 blocked shots. Junior blueliner Adam Fox is second on the team with 53 blocked shots.

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.

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.