Men's Hockey Wraps Up Lengthy Road Swing at No. 17 Union Tuesday
The Crimson wraps up a seven-game road swing Tuesday at No. 17 Union (Gil Talbot).
Complete Game Notes (pdf)
Nov. 9, 2012 Against Union
Looking to avoid back-to-back losses, having dropped a game to Yale five days earlier, the Crimson dug itself an early hole in the first matchup with Union of the 2012-13 season. Charlie Vasaturo needed just 41 seconds to get the guests on the board and Greg Coburn struck at the three-minute mark on a power-play tally. Jimmy Vesey cut the deficit to one to start the second, converting a Luke Greiner assist at 1:32. That's as close as Harvard would get, however as Matt Hatch and Daniel Ciampini scored in the middle frame to give a 4-1 lead to Union. Wayne Simpson and Hatch scored just past the midway point of the third, before Patrick McNally got Harvard's second goal in a 6-2 defeat. The teams combined for 18 penalties in the game, and the game ended with a Union player receiving a game misconduct.
Scouting The Dutchmen
The Dutchmen were flying high to start the season, as they shook off an opening loss to Merrimack and put together a seven-game unbeaten streak, including the victory over the Crimson. From there, the losses began to creep in as the schedule got progressively tougher. The last four games Union has played have been one-goal games, and the Dutchmen have come out on top in two of those four. The squad rallied from a 3-2 defeat at Cornell to post a 2-1 win over No. 20 Colgate in its last time out.
Union's special teams have been its foundation this season, and Harvard will have its hand full on the power play and penalty kill. Union has the top-ranked power play in the nation, converting on 27 of 108 (.250) of its chances. The penalty kill unit has also been stellar, killing 86 of 95 (90.5) penalties and netting five short-handed scores.
The seniors are the story for Union as a trio of veterans sits atop the team scoring chart. Wayne Simpson is the team's goals leader with 11 and is tied with classmate Kyle Bodie (6-18-24) for the team lead in points. Defenseman Greg Coburn is the team's top-scoring blueliner, entering the Harvard game with 7-11-18 points this year.
Junior Troy Grosenick is having another solid season, as he brings a 2.30 goals-against average and .917 save percentage into the matchup with the Crimson.
Last Time Out
Harvard suffered a pair of defeats last weekend as it traveled to Ivy rivals Yale and Brown. Against the Bulldogs, Harvard was unable to figure out goalie Jeff Malcolm, as he turned away all 21 shots he faced on the night in a 4-0 shutout.
The Harvard offense wouldn't be silenced the following afternoon, and after a scoreless first period, Tommy O'Regan put home a feed from Brian Hart early in the second for a 1-0 Harvard lead. The goal proved to waken the Bears' offense, and the hosts scored four straight to grab a 4-1 lead just past the midway point of the second. Hart collected his own goal with 2:19 left in the frame, but that's as close as Harvard would get, thanks to a third-period score from Brown in the 5-2 final.
Harvard has played some of its best hockey when the game is broadcast on national television. In three games broadcast by NBC Sports Network this season, Harvard is 2-1-0 with a pair of wins over top-10 teams. The Crimson topped then-No. 10 Cornell, 4-1, Nov. 16 at Lynah Rink before edging out the Terriers, 6-5 in overtime, Jan. 9 at Agganis Arena.
Last season, Harvard captured a nationally-televised see-saw battle with Yale, 4-3, on Jan. 27 at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson is 3-1-0 all-time when the game is broadcast by the NBC Sports Network.
Gotta Have Hart
Rookie Brian Hart has emerged as an offensive catalyst for the Crimson of late. Hart has logged a point in three of his last four games, and has four total points (2 goals, 2 assists) over that span.
Must Be McGregor
Harvard is 2-0-0 when sophomore Ryan McGregor scores a point. He logged an assist in a 4-0 shutout of Rensselaer Nov. 10, and collected a pair of helpers in Harvard's 6-5 comeback win over Boston University Jan. 9.
Freshman Peter Traber earned the first start of his collegiate career Jan. 19 at Brown. Traber had seen relief action in five games prior to his first start with the Crimson.
Quite a Comeback
The 6-5 comeback victory over Boston University is Harvard's largest comeback since early last season, when it erased a four-goal, first-period deficit against New Hampshire Nov. 22, 2011. Harvard earned a 7-6 victory over the Wildcats.
I Wanna Block
The defensive unit for the Crimson has recorded 26 more blocks than its opponents through 14 games this season with a 276-250 edge in the category. Harvard has had more blocks than its opponent in nine games this season including four of its last six contests. The Crimson recorded a season-high 27 blocks against Boston University Jan. 9.
Three members of the class of 2013 have eclipsed the 100-games played mark in their careers. Danny Biega leads the way with 116, followed by Luke Greiner with 107 and Marshall Everson with 103. Alex Fallstrom is next in line to reach 100 as the game against Union will be his 98th in a Harvard uniform. Conor Morrison also has a good chance to reach 100 games played as he currently sits at 89 for his career.
The last time Harvard had five seniors eclipse the 100-game mark was during the 2007-08 season, led by Jon Pelle '08 with 135 for his career.
Four was the magic number for the Crimson last season, as Harvard was unbeaten (9-0-2) when scoring four or more goals in a game. Harvard is 4-0-0 in such contests this season and 5-0-0 in games where it scores at least three goals.