Harvard men's ice hockey will host crosstown rival BU at Bright-Landry Hockey Center tomorrow night.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey (6-4-2, 3-3-2 ECAC Hockey) hosts crosstown rival Boston University (6-8-2, 5-5-2 Hockey East) on Tuesday (Jan. 8, 7 p.m.; ESPN+) night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. This will be the first meeting between Harvard and BU at Bright-Landry since Jan. 7, 2016 (L, 6-5). Harvard last beat BU on home ice on Nov. 25, 2003 (W, 5-2).
Tuesday will mark a homecoming of sorts for BU head coach Albie O'Connell and associate head coach Paul Pearl. Both O'Connell (2011-14) and Pearl (2014-18) served as assistants at Harvard with Ted Donato.
What to Know
• Harvard returned to regular season play last Friday (Jan. 4) with a thrilling 3-2 OT win over Rensselaer at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. First-year forward Casey Dornbach scored the game-winning goal at 2:58 of extra time. Lewis Zerter-Gossage and Baker Shore added goals, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 24 saves to earn the win.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 12 games (17-for-47, 36.2%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but three 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 3.83 points per game, recording 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 12 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (five goals, 15 assists), Reilly Walsh (five goals, eight assists), and Jack Rathbone (three goals, six assists).
• BU returns from the holiday break with its first game of 2019 at Harvard. The Terriers won two straight games (at UMass-Lowell, vs. Dartmouth) heading into the break. Junior defenseman Dante Fabbro (three goals, 10 assists) leads the team in scoring, while senior Bobo Carpenter (nine goals, three assists) is the team's top goal-scorer. Junior goaltender Jake Oettinger (6-8-2, .924, 2.59) is off to a strong start in net. BU is averaging 2.44 goals per game (47th, NCAA) but had 12 goals in its last three games before the break.
• Senior goaltender Michael Lackey has been excellent over the past eight games. He has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last eight starts, and just one goal in four of those starts. He is 6-2-0 with a 1.62 GAA and .940 Save % in Harvard's last eight games. Overall, Lackey has started 11 of 12 games, and is 6-3-2 with a 2.41 GAA and .912 Save %.
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 ECAC Hockey play this weekend with road contests at Princeton and No. 6 Quinnipiac this weekend (Jan. 11-12). Both games will air on ESPN+.