CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 9/12 Harvard men's hockey hosts No. 2/2 Cornell and Colgate this weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center as it returns to ECAC Hockey play. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. and air on ESPN+. On Friday night, when Harvard takes on Cornell it will pit the top two teams in ECAC Hockey, both with unbeaten records in conference play. Colgate is also playing good hockey of late, with a 4-3-1 record in its last eight games overall.
What to Know
• Harvard leads the nation with an average of 4.62 goals per game, and has done so through a balanced scoring effort. Through eight games, Harvard has 10 players with two goals or more, and 10 players with six points or more, including eight players who are averaging a point or more 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 (3-7-10) and Jack Rathbone (3-5-8) have also been solid, with Walsh third among NCAA defensemen with 1.25 points per game. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (2-8-10) leads all NCAA first-years with an average of 1.25 points per contest, while first-year forward John Farinacci (4-4-8) is seventh on the list with 1.00 points per contest.
• A combination of great goaltending and timely scoring has helped Harvard get off to a fast start this year. Harvard's goaltending tandem of first-year Mitchell Gibson (3-0-0, 1.49, .955) and senior Cameron Gornet (3-2-0, 2.81, .924) has combined to put up some of the the best goaltending stats (6-2-0, 2.38. .933) in the country.
• Harvard has scored a power play goal in six straight contests and is 7-for-26 (26.9%) on the man advantage in that span...Harvard has scored first in seven of eight games this season...Harvard leads the nation with a 16.3% shooting percentage.
• Harvard is 21-6-0 in its last 27 games against league opponents (including playoffs). In ECAC Hockey games this season, Harvard leads the league with an average of 5.50 goals per game, while allowing just 1.67 goals per contest.
• 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 (58.2%, 35th, NCAA) and junior forward Jack Badini (55.7%, 75th, NCAA) 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 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 will have the next two weekends off for the exam/holiday break before returning to action in Southern California on Dec. 28-29, as the Crimson will play Arizona State in the SoCal Clash in Irvine, Calif.