Men's Ice Hockey Set For Key League Contests at Princeton, No. 6 Quinnipiac

Men's Ice Hockey Set For Key League Contests at Princeton, No. 6 Quinnipiac

Harvard men's ice hockey hits the road to take on Princeton and No. 6 Quinnipiac this weekend.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey (6-4-3, 3-3-2 ECAC Hockey) hits the road in a return to ECAC Hockey play with games at Princeton (Jan. 11, 7 p.m.) and No. 6 Quinnipiac (Jan. 12, 7 p.m.) this weekend. The Crimson is in the midst of a 4-1-1 stretch in its last six games. Harvard is 3-1-1 in five games away from Bright-Landry Hockey this season. The Crimson hosted both Quinnipiac (L, 5-3) and Princeton (T, 4-4 OT) earlier this season (Nov. 2-3).

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Harvard vs. Princeton
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Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
Broadcast: vs. Quinnipiac (U.S.) l vs. Quinnipiac (International)
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What to Know
• Harvard hosted Boston University on Tuesday (Jan. 8) night, skating to a 2-2 (OT) tie against the Terriers. Junior defenseman Adam Fox and senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage scored goals for Harvard, with senior goaltender Michael Lackey recording 29 saves. It marked the eighth time in the last nine games that Harvard has allowed two goals or less, with Lackey making all of those starts.

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (6-15-21) is off to a tremendous start for Harvard. He is second in the country in scoring (per game), averaging 1.62 points per contest. He is on pace to shatter the school record for points by a Harvard defenseman in one season, set by Mark Fusco '83, who had 46 points (13-33-46) in 1982-83. 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.

• The Crimson features an impressive collection of offensive defensemen. Harvard defensemen are second in the country at 3.62 points per game, recording 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 13 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (six goals, 15 assists), Reilly Walsh (five goals, eight assists), and Jack Rathbone (three goals, six assists).

• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 13 games (18-for-50, 36.0%), 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.

• Harvard is one of college hockey's best teams in the faceoff circle, ranked No. 5 in the country with a 54.1% win rate. Jack Badini is No. 2 in the nation on draws, winning 67.2% (90-for-134) of faceoffs through 13 games. First-year Jack Drury (156-106, 59.5%) has also been excellent.

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 hit the road for another ECAC Hockey road series next weekend (Jan. 17-18), as the Crimson will take on Colgate and Cornell.