Harvard returns home for its first regular season games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center for its home opening weekend, with games against No. 12/15 Quinnipiac on Friday (Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; NESN/ESPN+) and No. 19 Princeton (Nov. 3, 7 p.m.; NESNplus/ESPN+) on Saturday. The Crimson were 9-4-1 on home ice last season. Harvard opened the season last Saturday at Dartmouth, falling 7-6 (OT) to the Big Green.
What to Know
• Harvard opened the regular season on Saturday night at Dartmouth, with the Big Green prevailing in a wild 7-6 (OT) contest. Junior defenseman Adam Fox (goal, four assists) recorded a career-high five points, and the Crimson scored five power play goals – the most in a game for Harvard since 2006 – in the contest. Fox is the first defensemen under Ted Donato to record that five points in a game, and the first Harvard player to have five points since Alexander Kerfoot did it against BC on Nov. 11, 2014. Sophomore Reilly Walsh scored two power play goals, and first-year forward Jack Drury notched three assists in his first game.
• Harvard is 8-2-2 in its last 12 games against Quinnipiac, and has won 10 games in a row against Princeton.
• The Crimson had another solid year at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center last season, going 9-4-1. Since extensive renovations were completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Crimson is 38-11-7 on its home ice.
• While Harvard lost Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Ryan Donato, seven of its top 10 scorers are back. Leading the group is senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who was second on the team with 29 points (10-19--29). Three other players who topped 20 points return, including two-time All-American defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20), and forward Nathan Krusko (3-17-20).
• Harvard returns a total of 356 career games played on defense, including 73 points scored from the blue line last season, the second highest total of all returning ECAC Hockey defensive units. Leading the way for Harvard on defense will be All-American and First Team All-ECAC Hockey selection, junior defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team honoree, sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20).
Ivy League freshmen finally playing games, getting acclimated to rigors of college hockey, college lifestyle https://t.co/7DIh2GpoRu— USCHO.com (@USCHO) October 31, 2018
Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed five NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 10 All-Americans and 12 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.
Harvard will hit the road once again next weekend for games at ECAC Hockey and Ivy rivals Yale and Brown on Nov. 9-10. Both games will air on ESPN+.