Harvard Men's Hockey Wraps Up First Semester with Visit to Princeton
Both the Harvard men's hockey team and hostPrinceton enter the final game of their regular-season series Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J., riding three-game unbeaten streaks. The Crimson is playing its last game before first-semester exams.
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This Week in Harvard Hockey
Host Bernie Corbett catches up with Marshall Everson, Scott Farden '88 and, as always, Ted Donato '91, the Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. Click here to listen to the interviews.
• The Crimson (3-3-3, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey, 0-2-1 Ivy League), which tied Massachusetts, 4-4, last weekend, has lost just once in its last six games (3‑1‑2) following its 0-2-1 start.
• Harvard owns the nation's top power play at 29.2 percent, having gone 14 for 48 with the man advantage. The Crimson has netted at least one power-play tally in each game this season and has scored two man‑advantage goals in five of its nine outings.
• Harvard fell to Princeton at home, 4-3, in its season opener Nov. 4 but leads the all-time series against the Tigers, 146‑56‑11.
• The Crimson ranks 11th nationally in scoring at 3.44 goals per game.
• In Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) and Alex Killorn (Montreal, Que.), the Crimson has two players ranked among the national top 25 in scoring. Biega leads Harvard with 12 points (2-10-12) and is the second-leading scorer among NCAA Division I defensemen at 1.33 points per game. He also ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (1.11) and is tied for 16th overall in scoring. With 11 points and a team-high six goals, Killorn is tied for 25th in the nation in scoring (1.22 points per game), 17th in goals per game (0.67) and 16th in power-play goals (four).
• Patrick McNally (Glen Head, N.Y.) is the country's top-scoring freshman defenseman at a point per game (2-7-9) and is tied for fourth in scoring among all defensemen and fifth among all rookies.
Last Time Out
Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.) scored two goals, Patrick McNally logged three assists and the Harvard men's hockey team came back from a goal down four times to tie Massachusetts, 4-4, Dec. 2. Alex Killorn and Tommy O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) also scored, while Danny Biega notched two assists. It was Harvard's first game on an Olympic-sized rink this season.
Dating back to last season, Harvard has scored at least one power‑play goal in 13 straight games and has netted 22 man‑advantage goals in its last 13 ECAC games.
Harvard has trailed 15 times this season and has come back to tie the score 13 times. The Crimson trailed twice each in its win against No. 18 Colgate and its ties against No. 19 Quinnipiac and Dartmouth. Harvard scored seven goals over the final two periods to come back from a four‑goal deficit and defeat New Hampshire, 7-6, Nov. 22.
Not only does Harvard sport an even .500 record at 3-3-3, the Crimson is 2-2-1 at home and 1-1‑2 on the road. Harvard and its opponents have each scored 31 overall goals. The Crimson and its foes are tied at 18-18 in Harvard home games and 13‑13 in road games.
Danny Biega has nine points on a goal and eight assists during a five-game point streak. He has recorded multiple points in each of the last four games and two assists in each of the last three. He has been on the ice for seven of Harvard's last nine goals and has assisted on five of those tallies.
Alex Killorn has three goals and three assists in his current four-game point streak. Alex Fallstrom, Tommy O'Regan and Colin Blackwell (North Andover, Mass.) are each riding three‑game point streaks. Blackwell and Fallstrom have two goals and two assists apiece in that span, while O'Regan has one goal and two helpers. Patrick McNally has all nine of his points in the last six games, and Marshall Everson has five points in the last five.
Harvard has received votes in six of the 10 weeks of the U.S. College Hockey Online poll.
Harvard has doubled up its opponents, 18-9, in second periods this season, including 4-1 against New Hampshire.
None of Harvard's games has been decided by more than two goals. Six of the nine games, including each of the last five, have been tied in the third period. At a point in every third period, the score has been tied or the teams have been separated by one goal.
Harvard is playing the third of seven straight road games and eight straight away from Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson returns to Boston to host Union Jan. 13 at Fenway Park and comes back to Bright a night later to take on Boston University.
The Crimson put a season-high 44 shots on goal at UMass, including a combined 27 from the line of Marshall Everson, Alex Killorn and Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden). Killorn logged 11 shots, while Everson had nine and Fallstrom added seven. Harvard has allowed fewer than 27 total shots to three of its nine opponents.
Danny Biega is ECAC Hockey's fifth-leading scorer at 2-6-8 in conference games, while Alex Killorn (3-4-7) is tied for seventh. Biega leads the league with seven ECAC power-play points, one more than second-place Killorn. Biega is the second-leading league scorer among defensemen and is joined by Patrick McNally (2‑2‑4) and Dan Ford (Skaneateles, N.Y.) (1-3-4) in the top 10.
Defensemen have assisted on 13 of Harvard's last 14 goals and have scored or assisted on 24 of the Crimson's last 26 tallies. Harvard's defensemen totaled six assists at UMass.
Nov. 4 at Bright Hockey Center
In the season opener against a Princeton squad playing its fourth game, two scores by Alex Killorn and one by Luke Greiner (Faribault, Minn.) cut the Tigers' two-goal advantage to one on three occasions, but the Crimson could never catch up in a 4-3 loss. Harvard was undone by the Tigers' three power‑play tallies.
Only Yale has faced off against Harvard more than Princeton. Starting with a 6-3 win March 1, 1902 in New York City, Harvard holds a 146‑56‑11 series edge and is 9‑7‑2 against the Tigers under Ted Donato. Harvard has swept two league playoff series from the Tigers—including in 2010 at Baker Rink—but Princeton scored a 4-1 win against Harvard in the 2008 ECAC final.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton (4-7-2, 3-5-1, 1-2-0), under first-year head coach Bob Prier, won just twice in its first 10 games (2-7-1), but is unbeaten in its last three with defeats of Providence and Rensselaer and a 3-3 tie against No. 9 Union Saturday. Jack Berger (6-3-9) and Andrew Calof (3-6-9) pace the Tigers in points, while Rob Kleebaum has matched Berger's team‑high goal total. Sean Bonar has started 11 games, with a .901 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average. The Tigers have allowed only three goals in 27 ECAC opponents' power plays.