Harvard men's ice hockey will hit the road for games at Yale and Brown this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey hits the road this weekend for games at Yale (Nov. 9, 7 p.m; ESPN+) and Brown (Nov. 10, 7 p.m.; ESPN+), hoping to pick up its first wins of the season. Through three games, the Crimson has been one of the top offensive teams in the nation, averaging 4.33 goals per game (2nd, NCAA). Junior defenseman Adam Fox has eight points (goal, seven assists), leading the country with 2.67 points per game. Harvard most recently tied No. 19 Princeton, 4-4 (OT), on home ice last Saturday.
What to Know
• Harvard rallied to earn a 4-4 (OT) tie against Princeton on Saturday, with first-year defenseman Jack Rathbone and first-year forward Casey Dornbach each recording a goal and two assists to lead the Crimson. Both Rathbone (two goals, four assists) and Adam Fox (goal, seven assists) have points in each of Harvard's first three games.
• Harvard has the No. 2 power play in the nation through three games (6-for-14, 42.9%). The Crimson scored five power play goals in its season opener at Dartmouth (10/27), the most in a single game by a Harvard team since 2006.
• The class of 2019 has amassed 62 wins in three seasons at Harvard and has a chance to surpass the most wins for a senior group (83, class of 2018) in recent history.
• 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).
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 returns home next weekend to play its first non-conference games of the year, as the Crimson will host Arizona State for a pair of games on Nov. 16-17. Both contests will air on ESPN+.