Men's Ice Hockey Returns to ECAC Hockey Play; Hosts Colgate, No. 16 Cornell

Men's Ice Hockey Returns to ECAC Hockey Play; Hosts Colgate, No. 16 Cornell

Harvard men's ice hockey will play Colgate and No. 16 Cornell this weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. (John McCreary)

Harvard men's hockey (3-3-2, 1-2-2 ECAC Hockey) returns to conference play this weekend, hosting Colgate (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; ESPN+) and No. 16 Cornell (Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; ESPN+) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson enters the weekend having won three of its last four games, with a 3-1-2 mark over its last six contests. Harvard boasts the nation's leading scorer (points per game) in junior defenseman Adam Fox (4-13-17, 2.12 points per game) a Hobey Baker candidate, and the nation's top-ranked power play unit (13-for-37, 35.1%).

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Broadcast: Colgate (Nov. 30) l Cornell (Dec. 1)
Live Stats: Colgate (Nov. 30) l Cornell (Dec. 1)
Twitter: @HarvardMHockey
Game Notes: Harvard
Tickets: Colgate l Cornell (Vivid Seats)

What to Know
• Harvard is coming off a big 4-1 win against No. 15 Cornell in the Frozen Apple at Madison Square Garden last Saturday (Nov. 24). Sophomore Henry Bowlby matched his career best with two goals, first-year Casey Dornbach added three assists, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 30 saves to help the Crimson earn the victory. It was Harvard's first win at Madison Square Garden.

• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through eight games (13-for-37, 35.1%). Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but one contest this year, going 1-for-4 against the Big Red on Saturday night. 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 Crimson features one of the most dangerous group of offensive defensemen in the nation. Harvard defensemen are second in the country with an average of 4.25 points per game, recording 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in eight games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (four goals, 13 assists), Reilly Walsh (four goals, four assists), and Jack Rathbone (two goals, five assists). 

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (4-13-17) is off to a tremendous start for Harvard. He leads the country in scoring (per game), averaging 2.14 points per contest. No player in D1 college hockey has averaged over two points per game since 2013-14. On Oct. 27 at Dartmouth, Fox notched a career high five points (goal, four assists), becoming the first Harvard player to have five points since Alexander Kerfoot did it against BC on Nov. 11, 2014. 

• Six of eight Harvard first-years have seen game action, with a total of 40 games played. Harvard first-years are averaging a total of 3.88 points per game, second in the nation, led by first-year forward Casey Dornbach (2-10-12), who leads all NCAA freshmen with 1.50 points per game.

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.

Up Next
Harvard will play its last contest before the exam break next Tuesday (Dec. 4) at Bentley, with puck drop at 7:05 p.m.