The Class of 2010 (from left): Chad Morin, Doug Rogers, John Riley, Ian Tallett, Jack Christian and Alex Biega (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
Playing at home for the final time in the regular season, the Harvard men's hockey team renews one of college hockey's top rivalries Friday against No. 10 Cornell and celebrates Senior Night Saturday against Colgate. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Sock Drive Saturday
Fans are encouraged to bring new, white socks to Saturday's game against the Raiders. The Crimson is collecting socks to benefit the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Follow From Home
Live video of the games will be available with a Crimson Video subscription on GoCrimson.com, which also provides free live statistics. WHRB-FM 95.3 and WHRB.org offer live audio.
Behind the Bench
Former Crimson captain, NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player and 13-year National Hockey League veteran Ted Donato '91 is in his sixth season as The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. He owns an 89???83???20 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.
The Crimson split a pair of home games against Rensselaer and No. 16 Union. The Engineers won a wild one, 5-4, Friday. Jack Christian (Wilton, Conn.) scored just 18 seconds into the game, and Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) made it 2-0 before the contest was two minutes old, but RPI overcame an Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) goal and made it 3-3 by the end of the first period. Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) gave Harvard a 4-3 lead in the second period, but Rensselaer again rallied before the end of the period.
Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.) scored twice and Kyle Richter (Calgary, Alta.) made 31 saves to lead Harvard to a 4-3 win against the Dutchmen the following night. Fallstrom logged a goal and an assist and David Valek (Zagreb, Croatia) also scored to help build a 4-0 lead. Union scored three times in the final six minutes, including two goals with an extra attacker in the last 31 seconds.
Ready to Move
The Crimson trails fourth-place Rensselaer and St. Lawrence by three points and three positions and has only four games left to challenge for a playoff bye, but three of those contests are against teams that start the weekend ahead of Harvard in the league standings. Last year's squad went 4-0-2 over the final six league games to jump from ninth place to fifth, missing out on a bye by two points.
Of the teams against which Harvard has completed its season series, the Crimson holds head-to-head playoff-positioning tiebreaker advantages against Dartmouth and Union, while Princeton and Rensselaer own head-to-head edges on Harvard. The secondary tiebreaking criterion is wins, followed by record against top-four teams, record against top-eight teams, head-to-head goal differential, goal differential against top-four teams and goal differential against top-eight teams.
With the switch to a new academic calendar this year, Harvard's exam break moved from January to December, but the Crimson's success following exams is nothing new. Under Ted Donato, Harvard is 37-11-8 in post???exam league games (6-3-1 so far this season) and 18-4-5 in post-Beanpot ECAC contests. The Crimson is 12-1-4 in its last 17 post-Beanpot league games and 20-1-0 in February home games under Donato.
Harvard is seeking its second straight win against a first-place, nationally ranked opponent. The Crimson is 3-2 this season against teams in first place (or tied for first) in the ECAC standings.
Harvard is 3-1 at home and 4-4-1 overall against ranked teams this season and has won eight of its last nine home games against ranked opponents, dating back to 2007-08.
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