No. 15/18 Men's Ice Hockey Heads To North Country to Face SLU, No. 10/11 Clarkson

Team Shred / Edward Jacobs
Team Shred / Edward Jacobs

Harvard has won six of its last seven games heading into weekend games at St. Lawrence and Clarkson. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 15/18 Harvard men's hockey (13-7-3, 9-5-2 ECAC Hockey) has won six of its last seven games heading into its annual North Country trip to face league foes St. Lawrence and No. 10/11 Clarkson this weekend. Harvard will take on St. Lawrence on Friday (2/15) at 7 p.m., and then Clarkson on Saturday (2/16) at 7 p.m.. Both games will air on ESPN+. Harvard swept the North Country pair at Bright-Landry Hockey Center three weeks ago (Jan. 25-26), defeating Clarkson, 4-3 (OT) before a 7-3 win over St. Lawrence. Harvard owns an eight-game winning streak in the series against St. Lawrence, and is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings against Clarkson. 

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Harvard at St. Lawrence
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Harvard at Clarkson
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What to Know
• Earlier this week, Harvard completed non-conference play with a 5-2 win over Boston University in the Beanpot consolation game. Junior forward Frederic Gregoire scored twice and defensemen Reilly Walsh and John Marino each recorded two assists to lead the Crimson attack. Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 24 saves to earn the win in net.

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (8-24-32) is a strong candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. Fox is third in the country in scoring (per game) and first among defensemen, averaging 1.39 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. Fox recorded his 100th career point (20-80-100) on Monday, becoming the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach that plateau, joining Fusco (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He is the first junior defenseman in college hockey to reach 100 points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12.

• First-years Casey Dornbach (5-19-24) and Jack Drury (7-12-19) have taken little time to adjust to the college game. Dornbach leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.04 points per game, while Drury is ninth among NCAA freshmen with 0.86 points per contest. 

• Harvard is 5-0 in its last five ECAC Hockey contests and 9-3-0 in its last 12 league games after an 0-2-2 start. In ECAC Hockey games, Harvard leads the league with an average of 3.56 goals per game, and a power play clicking at 43.1% (22-for-51) in conference games.

• On Jan. 13, Harvard hosted the One Summit Skate at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard has paired with One Summit's mission over the past several seasons to "help children battling cancer build resilience through experiential learning and mentorship." On Sept. 30, members of the team participated with One Summit and the Boston Bruins at the Pulling For Hope of Boston event at Logan Airport. 25 teams competed against each other, each taking turns at pulling a JetBlue plane across a tarmac at Logan Airport. The event helped raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

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 play its final two regular season home games against Brown and Yale on Feb. 22-23 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.