Men's Hockey Hosts Colgate on WBIN-TV, Cornell on National Television
Harvard is looking for the season sweep against Cornell this weekend at Bright (Kevin Burns).
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Killorn Savors Long Route to Tampa Bay
Highlights: Harvard Tops BU In Beanpot Consolation Game
Riding momentum from a 7-4 upset of No. 11/13 Boston University in the Beanpot consolation game Monday, the Harvard men's hockey team looks to gain valuable league points as it hosts Colgate and Cornell.
Harvard's game against Colgate will be broadcast on WBIN-TV. The Harvard-Cornell showdown be broadcast locally on WBIN-TV and nationall on Fox College Sports.
At the start of the Harvard-Cornell contest Saturday, the Boston Bruins' own Rene Rancourt will be singing the national anthem.
Harvard vs. Colgate Series History
Harvard holds a significant 46-22-7 edge in the all-time series with the Raiders, a series which dates back to 1961. The Crimson got off to a fast start in its tenure against Colgate, earning wins in 17 of the first 20 meetings. Recently, the Raiders have held their own, claiming a slight 4-3-1 edge in the last eight meetings between the two teams.
Nov. 17, 2012 at Starr Rink
A night after an exhilarating 4-1 win over then-No. 10 Cornell, the Crimson was unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 shutout against Colgate. Jeremy Price was the lone goal-scorer in the game, netting the game-winner at 13:15 of the first. Harvard outshot the Raiders 25-22, but was unable to take advantage of the shots advantage, or a trio of power play opportunities.
Scouting The Raiders
Colgate has been solid in non-conference action this year, but five ECAC Hockey victories leave the Raiders on the outside of a first-round home playoff series. Four straight wins over non-conference opponents from Dec. 1-Jan. 5 bolstered the Raiders' overall record and a weekend sweep of Brown and Yale Jan. 25-26 shifted some valuable conference points Colgate's way. The Raiders are still looking for their first win in the month of February, holding an 0-2-2 mark in four contests.
Freshman forward Tylor Spink has been the story on offense for Colgate this season, as the rookie boasts the team lead in points (25) and is tied for the team lead in assists (15) with senior Robbie Bourdon. Fellow freshman Kyle Baun is the team's leading goal scorer with 11 tallies in 28 games this year. Senior defenseman Jeremy Price leads all Colgate defensemen with 5-12-17 points.
It has been a 60-40 split in goal with freshman Spencer Finney seeing the bigger chunk of playing time over junior Eric Mihalik. Finney holds solid numbers with a .917 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average heading into the Harvard matchup.
Harvard vs. Cornell Series History
Saturday's matchup between the Crimson and Big Red will be the 141st meeting between the two teams, dating back to 1910 when Harvard earned a 5-0 win in the first ever meeting between the two teams. Harvard had great success in the early years of the rivalry, earning wins in 16 of the first 18 contests, including a string of five straight shutouts. Despite trailing in the all-time series, 61-71-8, recent history has been favorable to the Crimson with Harvard posting a 3-1-1 record in the last five matchups.
Nov. 16, 2012 at Lynah Rink
In its biggest test of the early season, Harvard faced a raucous crowd and a then-No. 10 Cornell squad in a game broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
After a back-and-forth first half to the opening period, the Crimson was able to break through 14:32 in when Alex Fallstrom put home a feed from Patrick McNally. The lead was short-lived, however, as John Knisley sniped a shot past Raphael Girard from just inside the blueline 26 seconds later to level the score. Harvard would have the last laugh in the period though, as Mike Seward deposited a shot from the slot to make it 2-1 after one period.
A hotly contested second period saw Harvard take a 3-1 lead late, when Kyle Criscuolo one-timed a goal off a Jimmy Vesey feed at the 17:43 mark. Petr Placek iced the 4-1 final with an allowed goal in the waning seconds of the contest. All four of Harvard's offensive lines generated goals in the game.
Scouting The Big Red
What started as a promising season has been dialed back considerably as the Big Red enters the weekend with a, 8-13-2 overall record and 4-10-2 conference mark, good for 11th in the ECAC standings. A pair of wins over Colorado College to start the season had the team out on the right foot, and a string of four straight wins, highlighted by a 5-1 win over Michigan at Madison Square Garden, had the Big Red flying high into the New Year. The 2013 schedule has proven to be tougher than expected, as Cornell comes into the weekend with just one win in 10 games in 2013.
Senior forward Greg Miller has been the offensive catalyst this season, entering the weekend with the team lead in points (19). Through 23 games, senior John Esposito has a team-high nine goals while sophomore defenseman Joakim Ryan leads the team with 12 assists, and all blueliners with 13 points. Junior goalie Andy Iles has played all but 10 minutes this season, and enters the weekend of action with a .906 save percentage and 2.56 goals-against average.
Last Time Out
The Crimson had its biggest offensive output of the season, taking down No. 11/13 Boston University, 7-4, in the Beanpot consolation game. Two BU goals in the first 12 minutes put the Crimson in a hole, but strikes from Dan Ford and Danny Biega allowed Harvard to close the first period in a 2-2 tie.
After the Terriers reclaimed the lead 1:38 into the second period, Harvard took over, scoring three straight to take a 5-3 lead into the second intermission. Marshall Everson netted his first at 3:19 and Luke Greiner followed with an even strength and a power-play goal. Everson tacked on another to start the third period, and Greiner completed the hat trick with a short-handed, empty-net goal with eight seconds to play in the game. Peter Traber, making his second collegiate start, racked up 43 saves in the victory.
Biega Has CLASS
Senior captain Danny Biega has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday. Biega is one of ten finalists for the award, and the only finalist from an ECAC Hockey institution. Biega is Harvard hockey's second-ever candidate for the award, and first since Brian McCafferty '09 was a candidate in 2009. Fans are encouraged to vote for the Senior CLASS Award either on the award website, or the Senior CLASS facebook page.
Cool Hand Luke
In his 114th game in a Harvard uniform, senior Luke Greiner netted his first collegiate hat trick against BU in the Beanpot consolation game. Greiner's previous career high for goals in a game was one, accomplished 16 times in his tenure with the Crimson.
Prior to Greiner's showing, Harvard's most recent hat trick came courtesy of David Valek, who collected three goals in an 8-2 win over Yale March 11, 2012 in the ECAC quarterfinals.
Multiple For Marshall
Marshall Everson teamed with Luke Greiner against BU to give Harvard two, two goal scorers in a single game for the first time this season. The last time Harvard accomplished the feat was in the 6-1 win over Cornell in the 2012 ECAC tournament semifinal. In that game, Everson and Alex Killorn '12 had two goals each.
In two games this season against Boston University, Harvard has outscored the Terriers, 13-9, and knocked off BU twice when it has been nationally ranked. Luke Greiner recorded six points (4-2-6) in two games against Harvard's cross-town rivals, and Tommy O'Regan notched four points (1-3-4) in those games.
Goalies At The Garden
The two Beanpot games featured two of the highest save totals for Harvard goalies so far this season. Against No. 5 Boston College, Raphael Girard posted 42 saves, just six off his career high and two behind his season high of 44 (Nov. 3 vs. Yale). In the consolation game, Peter Traber turned aside 43 shots in just his second career start.
In its two games against Boston University this season, Harvard has combined for 17 points in each contest. The 17 points marks a season-high for the Crimson.
Reset The Rankings
With the win over No. 11/13 Boston University Monday, Harvard improves to 3-6-1 against ranked teams this season. All three of the wins have come on road or neutral ice.
The Crimson and Big Red have combined for three NCAA titles, with Cornell capturing two and Harvard one. They rank first and third in ECAC regular-season championships (Harvard 13, Cornell 9) and first and second in league tournament crowns (Cornell 12, Harvard 8). The rivals have accounted for nine of the 22 ECAC regular-season and tournament titles awarded over the last 10 seasons. For six of those nine championships, the other rival was the runner-up.
Either Harvard or Cornell has won or shared the Ivy League crown in 38 of the league's 55 seasons, with Harvard totaling 21 titles and Cornell 19. The teams shared the honor in 1983‑84 and 1984-85.
Raphael Girard has played almost 90% of the minutes in goal this year, and enters the weekend with 620 saves on the season. His 42- save performance in the Beanpot semifinal against B.C. was his second-highest saves total this season, behind only a 44-save outing against Yale Nov. 3. The junior has stopped over 30 shots in four of his last six contests.
Girard is averaging 31 saves per contest, and is on pace to become just the seventh Harvard goalie to eclipse 800 saves in a single season.
A Staple In The Lineup
Senior captain Danny Biega has played in 123 games in his career, the most of any active Harvard player. He has skated in all 23 games for the Crimson this season as well. With at least eight games remaining this year, Biega has a chance to break into the all-time top-10 for games played in team history. Danny's brother Alex '10 skated in 131 career games (eighth all-time), and Danny would reach that mark if he stays healthy down the stretch. Tom Cavanagh '05 is the all-time leader in games played with 138 in his career.
Welcome To The Big Show
Former Harvard great Alex Killorn '12 was recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Syracuse Crunch last Sunday and registered his first NHL point on an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Killorn has skated in 44 games with the Crunch this season, recording 16 goals and 38 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranks third in the AHL for rookie scoring with 38 points. Killorn ranks tied for second on the Crunch for assists with 22 and is tied for the team lead with seven power play goals. He ranks first on the Crunch and third in the AHL with 166 shots on goal this season.
Dylan Reese '07 was also recently called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he will play alongside Harvard grad Craig Adams '99.
Walter Brown Watch
The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston announced last Monday that freshman forward Jimmy Vesey is a semifinalist for the 2013 Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best United States-born college hockey player in New England. Vesey is one of 16 players to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious award and one of seven skaters from ECAC Hockey.
Dov Grumet-Morris '05 was Harvard's last Walter Brown Award winner in 2005. The Crimson's previous winners are Lane MacDonald '88-89 (1989), Scott Fusco '85-86 (1986), Mark Fusco '83 (1983), Bob McManama '73 (1972), Joe Cavanagh '71 (1971), Dave Grannis '62 (1962), Bob Cleary '58 (1957 and 1958) and Bill Cleary '56 (1955).
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 61st Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play. The award will be presented to the winner at the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.
Vote For Danny
Danny Biega is on the 2013 Hobey Baker fan ballot, which college hockey fans can use to cast their vote for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. The fan balloting portion of the award process will last from Jan. 7-March 10 and will account for one percent of the final Hobey Baker Award vote. Biega is one of 77 players on the fan ballot. More information about the process and the award can be found at www.hobeybakeraward.com.