Harvard returns home to take on No. 9/10 Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey (8-6-3, 5-5-2 ECAC Hockey) returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend to host No. 9/10 Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Jan. 25-26. Both games will air on ESPN+, with puck drop at 7 p.m. Harvard is taking on the North Country pair for the first time this season. Harvard went 1-1-1 against the Golden Knights and swept the Saints in the season series last year. Harvard owns a seven-game winning streak in the series against St. Lawrence. Clarkson enters the weekend on an eight-game winning streak, the longest in the nation.
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What to Know
• Harvard is coming off a 2-1 win last Saturday (Jan. 19) afternoon at Colgate, with senior goaltender Michael Lackey (29 saves) once again the star of the show. First-year Jack Drury scored a power play goal in the opening minutes of the game, and junior Colton Kerfoot also added a goal for the Crimson, which swept the season series against the Raiders.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (7-17-24) is off to a tremendous start for Harvard. A candidate for the Hobey Baker Award, Fox is third in the country in scoring (per game) and first among defensemen, averaging 1.41 points per contest. He is on pace to near 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.
• First-years Casey Dornbach (3-17-20) and Jack Drury (6-10-16) have taken little time to adjust to the college game. Dornbach leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.18 points per game, and is tied for second the country with 1.00 assists per game. Drury is fourth among NCAA freshmen with 1.00 points per contest.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 17 games (21-for-59, 35.6%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but four 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. 7 in the country with a 54.3% win rate. Jack Badini is No. 2 in the nation on draws, winning 67.4% (120-for-168) of faceoffs through 17 games. First-year Jack Drury (193-for-331, 58.3%) 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.
Harvard continues its ECAC Hockey homestand next Friday night (Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.) against Dartmouth. The game will air on NESN/ESPN+.