CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 12/13 Harvard men's hockey will play its first road contests of the season this weekend at Brown (2-2-0, 2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) and Yale (1-3-0, 1-3-0 ECAC Hockey), with both contests beginning at 7 p.m. and airing on ESPN+. Harvard has won its first three games of the season, including wins against Princeton (W, 3-0) and No. 15 Quinnipiac (W, 7-2) last weekend. Harvard is off to its first 3-0 start in the Ted Donato era, and is 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
What to Know
• First-year goaltender Mitchell Gibson backstopped Harvard to wins against Princeton and No. 15 Quinnipiac last weekend, recording a 31-save shutout in his debut against the Tigers, and stopping 32 of 34 shots the next night against the Bobcats. Gibson earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for his performance in net. Gibson is the first Harvard goalie to record a shutout in his debut since Tripp Tracy '96 in 1992.
• Harvard's offense is off to a flying start, leading the nation early on with 5.67 goals scored per game. Three players lead the Crimson with six points each - sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone (three goals, three assists), first-year forward Nick Abruzzese (two goals, four assists), and sophomore defenseman Casey Dornbach (goal, five assists). Rathbone, Abruzzese and first-year forwawrd John Farinacci (two goals, three assists) have points in all three games.
• The class of 2020 has amassed 65 wins in three seasons at Harvard and has a chance to surpass the most wins for a senior group (83, class of 2018) in recent history.
• Harvard is 18-6-0 in its last 24 games against league opponents (including playoffs). In ECAC Hockey games last season, Harvard led the league with an average of 3.50 goals per game, and a power play clicking at 33.3% (25-for-75) in conference games.
• Senior Nathan Krusko will captain the Crimson in 2019-20. All Harvard varsity captains are elected by their teammates. A three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, Krusko has missed just one game in his three seasons at Harvard, notching 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) in 104 contests. The 2017 Beanpot Most Valuable Player, Krusko is one of the Crimson's top returning two-way forwards.
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An impressive debut for first-year Mitchell Gibson (2-0-0, 63 saves on 65 shots), who was named @MACGoaltending Men's Goalie of the Week by ECAC Hockey! https://t.co/2jwV7o9U5U #GoCrimson pic.twitter.com/ELQ1V3cfzS— Harvard Men's Hockey (@HarvardMHockey) November 11, 2019
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 six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 11 All-Americans and 15 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 hits the road to take on Rensselaer next Friday night (Nov. 22) at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed at RPITV.org.