No. 11/12 Men's Ice Hockey Set For Clarkson Rematch in Lake Placid at ECAC Hockey Semifinals

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

Harvard is making its fifth straight appearance at ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Gil Talbot)

No. 11/12 Harvard men's hockey (19-9-3, 13-7-2 ECAC Hockey) is set to take on No. 9/9 Clarkson on Friday night (March 22, 7:30 pm.) in a ECAC Hockey Semifinal contest at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York. Harvard will compete at ECAC Hockey Championship weekend for the fifth straight year, qualifying after a two-game sweep of Dartmouth in the quarterfinals this past weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard the, No. 4 seed in the ECAC Hockey tournament takes on No. 3 seed Clarkson for the right to take on the winner of No. 2 Cornell/No. 8 Brown on Saturday night (March 23, 7:30 p.m.) The games will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Two of Harvard's 10 ECAC Hockey Tournament titles (1971, 2006) have come as the No. 4 seed.

How to Follow
ECAC Hockey Semifinals
Harvard vs. Clarkson
March 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Broadcast: vs. Clarkson (ESPN+)
Live Stats: vs. Clarkson
Twitter: @HarvardMHockey 
Game Notes: Harvard 

ECAC Hockey Championship Game
March 23, 2019 - 7:30 pm

What to Know
• Harvard is making its fifth consecutive trip to Lake Placid and the ECAC semifinals. Harvard is the third team in the last decade to make five straight appearances at the league's championship weekend, joining Quinnipiac (2013-17) and Cornell (2008-12). The Crimson won the Whitelaw Cup in 2015 and 2017 and reached the final in 2016. Harvard has won 10 ECAC Tournament titles, including three under head coach Ted Donato (2006, 2015, 2017).

• Harvard and Clarkson met in a 2018 ECAC Hockey semifinal contest, with Clarkson prevailing in overtime, 5-4. The Crimson also took on Clarkson on championship weekend in 2004, with the Crimson winning the Whitelaw Cup with a 4-2 victory in Albany, N.Y. Harvard is 11-10-1 all-time against Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (nine goals, 37 assists), a Hobey Baker Award Top 10 finalist, ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, ECAC Hockey First Team and Ivy League Player of the Year selection, is having a historically great season as one of the top blue liners in the nation. He is the top scoring player and defenseman (per game) in the country with 1.48 points per game. He leads ECAC Hockey with a plus-24 rating. This past weekend Fox tied 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. He has a chance to become the first defenseman in Division 1 college hockey to reach 50 points since Brendan Smith (Wisconsin) had 52 points in 2009-10. A native of Jericho, N.Y., Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 career 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 Justin Schultz (Wisconsin) in 2011-12.

• Senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage leads the Crimson with 18 goals and has eight goals in his last 12 games...Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his last 15 games...First-year defenseman Jack Rathbone has points in his last six games...Junior defenseman Adam Fox has 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in his last 10 games.

• After an injury to goaltender Michael Lackey on Feb. 16, junior Cameron Gornet has been excellent in six starts, allowing two goals or less in four of those contests. Gornet's numbers (5-1-0, 1.83 GAA, .938 GAA) have been stellar since his start against Brown on Feb. 22, including a 35-save shutout against Yale on Feb. 23. He notched a career high 36 saves in Harvard's 4-3 (OT) win over Dartmouth last Saturday.

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.