Men's Ice Hockey Eyes Bye, Cleary Cup in Final ECACH Weekend at RPI, Union

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

Harvard heads into the final weekend of ECAC Hockey play with a shot at its 15th conference regular season title. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 15/16 Harvard men's hockey (16-8-3, 12-6-2 ECAC Hockey) heads to the final weekend of the regular season with a shot at the Cleary Cup and its 15th ECAC Hockey regular season title. The Crimson will take on RPI and Union, looking for its first road wins against each team since 2014 and 2010, respectively. Harvard (26 points) sits in a tie with Quinnipiac for second place in the league standings, one point behind Cornell (27 points). With one point, the Crimson would clinch a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs as a top-4 seed for the fourth straight year.

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Harvard vs. Rensselaer
Broadcast: vs. RPI 
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Game Notes: Harvard

Harvard vs. Union
Broadcast: vs. Union (U.S.) l vs. Union (International)
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Game Notes: Harvard 

What to Know
• Last weekend, Harvard swept Brown (W, 4-2) and Yale (W, 3-0) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, with junior goaltender Cameron Gornet stopping 63 of 65 shots combined to earn ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors.  Since an 0-2-2 start in conference play, Harvard has won 12 of its last 16 league games (12-4-0).

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (8-30-38), who has 11 points (1-10-11) in his last six games, is a strong candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. Fox is fourth 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. Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 points, 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.

• Senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage leads the Crimson with 16 goals and has six goals in his last eight games...Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh has a seven-game point streak with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in that span.

• All eight Harvard first-years have seen regular season game action, with a total of 161 games played. Harvard first-years are averaging a total of 2.89 points per game, No. 4 in the nation. First-years Casey Dornbach (6-20-26) and Jack Drury (7-15-22) have taken little time to adjust to the college game. Dornbach leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 0.96 points per game, while Drury is sixth among NCAA freshmen with 0.85 points per contest. 

• Harvard is one of college hockey's best teams in the faceoff circle, ranked No. 4 in the country with a 54.6% win rate. Jack Badini is No. 3 in the nation on draws, winning 65.3% (201-for-308) of faceoffs through 27 games. First-year Jack Drury (310-for-514, 60.3%, 13th NCAA) 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 begin ECAC Hockey postseason play on either March 8 or March 15 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.