CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 9/12 Harvard men's hockey will continue non-conference play on Tuesday night (Dec. 3) at Boston University with a 7 p.m. contest at Agganis Arena. After a 6-0 start to the season, Harvard's best start since the 1988-89 season, the Crimson suffered its first setback last Friday (Nov. 29) with a 4-2 loss to Boston College at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Junior forward Jack Badini and sophomore forward Jack Drury scored goals for Harvard.
What to Know
• Harvard leads the nation with an average of 5.00 goals per game, and has done so through a balanced scoring effort. Through seven games, Harvard has 10 players with two goals or more, and 10 players with six points or more, including eight players who are averaging over a point per game. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach (5-7-12) was the top per-game scorer in ECAC Hockey during the month of November and leads Harvard in scoring. Defensemen Reilly Walsh (2-6-8) and Jack Rathbone (3-5-8) are tied for third among NCAA defensemen with an average of 1.14 points per game. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (2-7-9) leads all NCAA first-years with an average of 1.29 points per contest, while first-year forward John Farinacci (4-4-8) is second on the list with 1.14 points per contest.
• A combination of great goaltending and timely scoring has helped Harvard begin the 2019-20 season unbeaten in six games. Harvard's goaltending tandem of first-year Mitchell Gibson (3-0-0, 1.49, .955) and senior Cameron Gornet (3-1-0, 2.48, .936) has combined to put up some of the the best goaltending stats (6-1-0, 2.00, .944) in the country.
• Harvard has scored a power play goal in five straight contests and is 6-for-22 (27.3%) on the man advantage in that span...Harvard has scored first in all seven games this season...Harvard leads the nation with a 17.3% shooting percentage.
• Boston University is led by one of the most dynamic defensemen in college hockey, as junior David Farrance leads all blueliners with 10 goals, all skaters with eight power play goals. Seniore forwards Patrick Harper (5-11-16) and Patrick Curry (9-6-15) are off to fast starts, as is freshman forward Trevor Zegras (4-9-13). Senior goaltender Sam Tucker (4-4-5, 2.64, .912), a transfer from Yale, has started 14 of 15 games. BU has been shut out in each of the last two games.
• Harvard was one of the top faceoff teams in the nation last year, and has continued that trend this season, with two of the top centers in the country. Sophomore forward Jack Drury (55.9%) and junior forward Jack Badini (54.3%) are off to strong starts this season.
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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 six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 11 All-Americans and 16 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 will host No. 2/2 Cornell and Colgate next weekend (Dec. 6-7) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.