CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 18 Harvard men's ice hockey begins a stretch of six straight ECAC Hockey contests to close out the regular season this weekend, with games against Yale (Feb. 14, 7 p.m., NESN) and Brown (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard is unbeaten in its last four league contests (2-0-2) and sits in fourth place in the league standings with 21 points, five points behind Clarkson and Cornell, who are tied for first, and four ahead of Colgate and Rensselaer for the final first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.
What to Know
• Harvard is one of the top scoring teams in the nation, with an average of 3.78 goals per game (4th, NCAA), and has done so through a balanced scoring effort. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese leads the team in scoring with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists). Abruzzese has been on a tear of late, with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his last 10 games. He leads all NCAA freshmen in per game scoring (1.35 points per game). Sophomore forward Jack Drury (15-14-19) is No. 3 in the NCAA in per game scoring (1.45), and sophomore forward Casey Dornbach (11-19-30) has also been excellent for the Crimson. Defensemen Reilly Walsh (5-16-21) and Jack Rathbone (4-15-19) are two of the top scoring blueliners in the nation.
• Harvard has scored a power play goal in 19 of its 23 games and has the No. 1 power play in the nation - 26-for-83 (31.3%) ...Harvard has scored first in 17 of 23 games this season, with a 10-4-3 record in those contests....Harvard is No. 3 in the nation with a 12.6 shooting percentage...Harvard is No. 3 in the nation with an average of 1.26 goals in the 1st period.
• The most valuable player of the Harvard-Yale game at Bright-Landry Hockey Center is awarded the Tim Taylor Cup. Tim Taylor '63 captained the 1963 Harvard squad that won the ECAC Championship and served as Yale head coach from 1978 to 2006. Last year, Cam Gornet earned the award after recording 35 saves in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Feb. 23, 2019.
• First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (11-20-31) currently leads all NCAA freshmen in scoring (1.35 points per game). He is on pace to near the best freshman season in the Ted Donato era at Harvard, a mark established by Adam Fox (6-34-40) in 2016-17. 1989 Hobey Baker Award winner Lane MacDonald had 52 points (21-31-52) in 32 games in his freshman year (1984-85), a modern record at Harvard.
• Since a 2-7-0 start, Yale is 8-5-1 in its last 14 games, and is coming off a 5-3 win against Princeton last Saturday. Forwards Justin Pearson (8-9-17) and Tyler Welsh (7-10-17) lead the team in scoring, while Curtis Hall (13 goals) is one of the nation's top goal-scorers. Corbin Kaczperski (9-10-1, 2.93, .901) has started 20 of 23 games in net for Yale.
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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 heads to the North Country for games at Clarkson and St. Lawrence on Feb. 21-22. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+