Tuesday Test For Men's Hockey in No. 7/8 Quinnipiac
Sean Malone had a goal and two assists Saturday against Boston University and is the top rookie scorer on the team (Gil Talbot).
Game Notes (.pdf)
Highlights: Harvard Powers Past BU, 7-4
Looking to string wins together for this first time this season, Harvard hosts No. 7/8 Quinnipiac Tuesday at Bright-Landry Hockey Center in a return to conference play. Tuesday's game will complete the season series between the Crimson and Bobcats.
• Harvard is coming off its highest goal output of the season, posting seven scores in a 7-4 non-conference victory over local rival Boston University Saturday on home ice. Freshman Sean Malone had a breakout game for the Crimson, posting a pair of short-handed goals and adding an assist on Jimmy Vesey's game-winning score. Classmate Phil Zielonka also tallied a pair of scores in the win.
• The hosts will be looking to avenge a narrow, 3-2, loss to the Bobcats earlier this season in Hamden, Conn. A pair of first-period goals buoyed the Bobcats despite a third-period comeback attempt from the Crimson.
• With the win over BU, Harvard is now 3-0 against the Terriers in the teams' last three meetings. Harvard put up six goals against Boston University in a dramatic, 6-5 overtime win at Agganis Arena and collected consecutive 7-4 wins in the last two matchups, including in the 2013 Beanpot consolation game.
• 24 of Harvard's last 27 goals have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores. Underclassmen are responsible for 74 of Harvard's 92 total points (80%) through 14 games this season.
• The last time Harvard had two, two-goal scorers in a game was last season in a 6-2 victory on the road against Clarkson. In that game, then-rookies Kyle Criscuolo and Greg Gozzo had a pair of goals each, with Gozzo collecting his first collegiate goal. Both of Harvard's two-goal scorers against BU were first-year players (Malone and Zielonka).
• Harvard is now 3-1 in non-conference contests on the season, including a 2-1 mark against teams from Hockey East.
Series History vs. Quinnipiac
Tuesday's game will be just the 21st meeting between the two teams, with Harvard holding a slight 9-8-3 edge in the all-time series. The Bobcats kicked off the series with a 5-2 win at the Hartford Civic Center, Nov. 4, 2005, but Harvard was unbeaten in the next five matchups, posting a 3-0-2 mark. There has only been one shutout in the previous 20 meetings, an 11-0 pounding by Harvard in the first of a three-game ECAC Hockey Tournament series March 14, 2008.
About The Bobcats
On the heels of an appearance in the national championship game, the Bobcats are putting together another solid season, entering the Harvard game as the eighth-ranked team in the nation, the second-highest ranked ECAC squad. Quinnipiac put together a nine-game winning streak from Oct. 12-Nov. 8, disrupted only by a 3-3 tie against Yale in a national title game rematch. Quinnipiac has won its last two games heading into the Harvard showdown; a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart and a narrow 2-1 defeat of a surging Maine squad.
Rookie Sam Anas has stepped in seamlessly with an experienced Quinnipiac lineup, leading the team in goals (13) and tied for the team lead in points (26). Senior forward Kellen Jones also has 26 points to his credit this year, and is one-off the team lead with 15 helpers on the year. Brother Connor Jones is third on the team in scoring with 23 points, and is the top assist-giver with 16 on the season. He is also tied with top-scoring defenseman Dan Federico as the highest-rated player on the roster at +14. Quinnipiac leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 1.82 goals per contest, one of just three teams to be allowing less than two goals per game.
Sophomore Michael Garteig has played almost every minute in goal this season for Quinnipiac, posting an impressive 1.76 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. He also leads the nation in shutouts with four this year.
Nov. 15 in Hamden, Conn.
The Crimson offense was swarming, and riding the momentum of a third period goal, it looked like it would break through for the equalizer, but just enough defense from the No. 6/5 Quinnipiac Bobcats prevailed, as the Crimson dropped a dramatic 3-2 decision at TD Bank Sports Center.
Brayden Sherbinin and Cory Hibbeler struck six minutes apart in the opening stanza to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the first break, but Kyle Criscuolo answered on a second-period power play to cut the deficit to one after two frames. Jordan Samuels-Thomas pushed the lead back to two with a score 4:20 into the third, but Jimmy Vesey responded with a goal of his own with 8:50 to play in the game. Harvard first 18 shots to Quinnipiac's eight in the final period, but goalie Michael Garteig was up to the challenge, preserving the 3-2 victory for the Bobcats.
We Can Come Back
Harvard's 7-4 victory over Boston University Saturday marked the first time this season the Crimson has won a game in which the opponent has scored first. Harvard had been 0-5-1 in such games this season prior to the BU showdown, and was 0-7-1 in games where it trailed at any point.
Harvard continued its unbeaten mark when leading after two periods to 5-0-1 on the year, and upped its record to 5-2-1 in games where it holds a lead at any point.
The Crimson has held three opponents to less than 30 shots on goal this season and is 2-0-1 in such games. On the flip side, Harvard is 3-2-1 in games where it posts 30 or more shots on net.
In Harvard's 7-4 win over Boston University, players from all four class years were represented on the scoresheet. That has only happened one other time this season in a 4-2 loss to Union Nov. 2, 2013.
Firsts and Freshmen
Three Harvard skaters collected their first goals of the season in Saturday's BU game, with David Valek, Phil Zielonka and Victor Newell scoring in succession in the first and second periods. Newell also picked up his first assist in the game, feeding Zielonka for his second of the game. Newell and Zielonka's goals marked the first of their collegiate careers and freshmen were responsible for five of the seven goals scored in the game.
Harvard prepped for its showdown with the Terriers by hosting the Russian Red Stars in a foreign exhibition Dec. 29 at Bright-Landry Hockey center. The Crimson powered out to a 5-0 lead after the first period, and saw seven different players light the lamp while grabbing a 7-1 edge. Jimmy Vesey netted the final two goals for the Crimson to complete the hat trick, sealing a 9-3 win.
The Red Stars are an all-star team of 25 players, ages 17 to 21, from the 64-team "junior hockey league" called the MHL. The league is the younger brother of the KHL, the "professional hockey league" in Russia. The MHL, with more than 2,000 players, is in its fifth year of existence and is the first junior hockey league that unites Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia.
Record For Raph
Senior goalie Raphael Girard had a stellar showing in the 2-2 tie at No. 8 Yale. The Quebec native racked up a career-high 52 saves in the game, including 18 in the third period alone. Girard becomes the first Harvard goalie to eclipse the 50-save mark in a game since Grant Blair '86 made 60 saves in a 6-6 tie against Boston College, Dec. 21, 1984.
Penalty killing has been a strength for Harvard this season, as it enters the Quinnipiac game with the No. 12-ranked penalty kill in the nation (85.2%, 46/54). Only Quinnipiac (91.9%, 91/99), which leads the nation in penalty killing, has a better percentage than Harvard among ECAC schools. Harvard's penalty kill was on point against Clarkson Nov. 9, as the Crimson quelled two five-on-three scenarios in the game.
Big Apple Boys
Among the many marquee matchups on the 2013-14 schedule, the highlight of the season comes Jan. 11 when Harvard takes on archrival Yale at Madison Square Garden in the first ever Rivalry On Ice. The game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network and Harvard will host an alumni game prior to the showdown with the Bulldogs.
In its second-highest output of the 2013-14 season, the Crimson poured in six goals in a 6-3 defeat of No. 20 New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center Nov. 26. Harvard also recorded a season-high by recording 11 assists and 17 total points in the game.
In just his third game with the team this season, junior Patrick McNally recorded a goal and two assists in the win over New Hampshire. McNally also became the first Crimson defenseman to record a goal this season with an empty-net score in the final minute
Power Play Push
After failing to score on the power play in its first four games of the season, Harvard has collected a power play goal in eight of its last 10 contests. Sophomore Jimmy Vesey has netted three of those man-up scores, good for the team lead.
Harvard has shown a penchant for netting late scores through 14 games this season, scoring almost half of its goals this season in the third period. The Crimson is outscoring teams 32-24 in the second and third periods combined, including a 16-14 margin in the third period. 32 of Harvard's 37 goals on the season have come in the second or third periods.
In its highest goal output of the season, Harvard yielded five players with multi-point games Jan. 4 vs. BU (Sean Malone, Jimmy Vesey, David Valek, Victor Newell and Phil Zielonka), the most for Harvard this season.
The Crimson offense had one of its best showings of the season at Princeton, yielding five goals and six assists. Four Harvard players (Brian Hart, Sean Malone, Tyler Moy and Jimmy Vesey) recorded multi-point games, marking the first time this season Harvard has had more than one multi-point scorer in a game. Four more Harvard players (Patrick McNally, Kyle Criscuolo, Tommy O'Regan and Luke Esposito) had multi-point games Nov. 26 at New Hampshire.