Harvard men's ice hockey is back in action against Concordia in an exhibition contest at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey (5-4-2) kicks off the second half of its season with an exhibition contest on Sunday (Dec. 30) at 4:30 p.m. against Concordia University of the Ontario University Association. Harvard boasts the nation's leading scorer (points per game) in junior defenseman Adam Fox (5-15-20, 1.82 points per game) a Hobey Baker candidate, and the nation's top-ranked power play unit (17-for-46, 37.0%). It has received exceptional contributions from its blue line (4.09 points per game, No. 2 NCAA), and its first-years (3.73 points per game, No. 1 NCAA).
What to Know
• Harvard capped off the first half of its season on a high note, earning a 2-1 win at Bentley on Dec. 4. First-year forward Jack Drury, and sophomore forward Jack Donato scored for the Crimson, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the victory in net.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 11 games (17-for-46, 37.0%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but two contests this year, with two or more power play goals in four games. 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. Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh leads the team with five power play goals on the year.
• The Crimson features one of the most talented groups of offensive defensemen in the nation. Harvard defensemen are second in the country with an average of 4.09 points per game, recording 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 11 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (five goals, 15 assists), Reilly Walsh (five goals, seven assists), and Jack Rathbone (three goals, six assists).
• Senior goaltender Michael Lackey has been excellent over the past seven games. He has allowed two goals or less in six of his last seven starts, and just one goal in four of those starts. He is 5-2-0 with a 1.57 GAA and .943 Save % in Harvard's last seven games. Overall, Lackey has started 10 of 11 games, and is 5-3-2 with a 2.46 GAA and .911 Save %.
• USA Hockey announced that first-year forward Jack Drury is among 23 players on the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team final roster. The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Drury is off to a great start for Harvard, recording 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his first 11 games.
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 return to regular season play on Friday (Jan. 4), hosting Rensselaer in a 7:30 p.m. contest. The game will air on ESPN+.