Harvard men's ice hockey will host Dartmouth at Bright-Landry Hockey Center tomorrow night.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 19 Harvard men's hockey (10-6-3, 7-5-2 ECAC Hockey) continues an important stretch of league play on Friday night (Feb. 1) at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Dartmouth at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The game will air on NESN/ESPN+. Harvard has won three games in a row and four of its last five games, moving into the USCHO.com poll for the first time this season. With eight league games left on the schedule, Harvard sits in a tie for third place in the ECAC Hockey standings, one point ahead of the Big Green.
What to Know
• Harvard earned its first weekend sweep of the season, defeating No. 9/10 Clarkson, 4-3, last Friday (Jan. 25) night on sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh's game-winning goal in overtime. On Saturday night against St. Lawrence, Harvard scored six goals in the first 27:41 of the game to help the Crimson earn a 7-3 win over the Saints. Six different Harvard skaters recorded multiple point games, with 15 members of the Crimson recording a point on the night.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (7-20-27) 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 1.42 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. Fox, who enters the weekend with 95 points (19-76-95), could become the first junior defenseman to hit 100 career points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 19 games (23-for-64, 35.9%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in 14 of 19 games this year, with two or more power play goals in fi-ve 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 six power play goals on the year.
• Like Harvard, Dartmouth has evolved into a solid defensive team in the second half of the season, allowing two goals or less in four of the last five games. Junior goaltender Adrian Clark (8-8-3, 2.54 GAA, .901 Save%) has three shutouts this season. Up front, Drew O'Connor (8-7-15) and Will Graber (5-9-14) are the top scorers. Dartmouth is 60th in the NCAA in combined special teams (41.3%).
• 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 3.37 points per game, recording 64 points (20 goals, 44 assists) in 19 games. Three of Harvard's top seven scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (seven goals, 20 assists), Reilly Walsh (seven goals, 11 assists), and Jack Rathbone (four goals, seven assists).
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 play the opening game of the 67th Beanpot at TD Garden next Monday night (Feb. 4, 5 p.m.) against Boston College. The game will air on NESN.