Harvard closes out the Beanpot against Boston University on Monday at TD Garden.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey will round out non-conference play against Boston University in the Beanpot consolation game on Monday (Feb. 11) night (4:30 p.m.) at TD Garden. The Crimson has won five of its last six games overall, and will meet BU for the second time this season. Harvard and BU tied, 2-2, in the first meeting on Jan. 8 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. BU's coaching staff is no stranger to Harvard. BU head coach Albie O'Connell (2011-14) and associate head coach Paul Pearl (2014-18) both served as assistants at Harvard with Ted Donato.
What to Know
• The Crimson rebounded from its Beanpot semifinal loss to BC last Monday with a 5-3 win over No. 20 Union on Friday. The Crimson finished 4-for-4 on the power play, with junior defenseman Adam Fox notching four assists. Harvard won its fifth game of the season against a ranked opponent. Last Monday night in the opening round of the Beanpot, as the Crimson fell, 2-1, to Boston College. Sophomore Henry Bowlby scored Harvard's lone goal late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. The Crimson outshot BC, 28-18, on the night, as senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 16 saves.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox enters Monday night with 99 points (19-80-99), and could become the first junior defenseman to hit 100 career points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12. If Fox were to reach 100 points, he'd be the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach that plateau, joining Mark Fusco '83 (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He'd be the first defenseman at Harvard to reach 100 points in his junior season. In addition, this season, seniors Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Michael Floodstrand, and Jacob Olson all played their 100th games in a Crimson uniform.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 22 games (27-for-75, 36.0%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in 15 of 22 games this year, with two or more power play goals in six contests. 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.
• After a 6-1-1 run in December and January, the Terriers have lost four straight contests, including a 2-1 (OT) loss to Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot last Monday. BU has allowed 16 goals in the last four games. Leading the Terriers up front are Joel Farabee (10-15-25), Bobo Carpenter (10-8-18) and Shane Bowers (10-8-18). Junior defenseman Dante Fabbro (6-17-23) is one of the top offensive blueliners in the nation.
• Harvard is one of college hockey's best teams in the faceoff circle, ranked No. 4 in the country with a 54.3% win rate. Jack Badini is No. 2 in the nation on draws, winning 66.5% (163-for-245) of faceoffs through 22 games. First-year Jack Drury (250-for-425, 58.8%, 21st NCAA) has also been excellent.
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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 heads into the final stretch of ECAC Hockey play in the North Country next weekend with games (Feb. 15-16) at St. Lawrence and No. 9/10 Clarkson.