Harvard to Battle No. 10/10 Northeastern in 62nd Beanpot Semifinal Monday on NESN
The Crimson is looking to advance to the Beanpot Championship with a win over the Huskies Monday (Photo: Gil Talbot).
Highlights: Harvard Tops Princeton, 3-2
Game Notes (.pdf)
Beanpot Meda Day Recap
The Harvard men’s hockey team kicks off play in the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament Monday evening with a showdown against No. 10/10 Northeastern. It marks the fourth time this season the Crimson will take on a Hockey East opponent.
• Harvard holds a 23-18 series lead over the Huskies in 41 all-time meetings in the Beanpot. The last time the two teams met in the first round of the tournament was in 2011 and Northeastern skated to a 4-0 victory.
• Harvard’s last Beanpot title came in 1993 when the Crimson began the tournament with a 7-5 victory over the Huskies. Harvard went onto take down Boston University, 4-2, in the final to claim the coveted trophy.
• In its most recent action, Harvard netted three goals in the first period and held on for a 3-2 victory Friday against Princeton. Greg Gozzo, Alexander Kerfoot and Jimmy Vesey had goals for the Crimson, which snapped a four-game losing skid with the victory.
• Last Friday marked Harvard’s 11th game against a ranked opponent this season, as the Crimson holds a 2-6-3 mark against ranked foes this year. Harvard’s showdown with the Huskies in the Beanpot will be the fifth time in seven games Harvard has faced an opponent ranked within the top 12 nationally.
• Freshman Alexander Kerfoot was riding a four-game point streak heading into the Cornell matchup, and after logging an assist against Colgate and a goal against the Dutchmen and the Tigers, has picked up at least one point in seven of his last eight games.
• Harvard has killed 22 of its last 23 penalties, including a five-minute major against BU Jan. 4 and a lengthy five-on-three Jan. 24 at Union. The Crimson penalty kill is ranked fourth in the nation behind only Vermont, BC and Quinnipiac.
Series History: Northeastern
Harvard has been the driving force in the all-time series with the Huskies, owning a 65-33-0 advantage in 98 all-time matchups. The longest winning streak within the series also belongs to the Crimson, as Harvard captured 16 straight victories from 1967- 76, a streak that included seven Beanpot wins. Harvard broke a three-game skid against the Huskies two years ago with a 3-2 victory over Northeastern in the consolation game of the 2012 Beanpot.
About The Huskies
Northeastern bolted out to a quick start in 2013-14 and has managed to keep its foot on the gas, entering the Beanpot with a 15-8-3 overall record and a No. 10 ranking in both major polls. A 5-0 start included wins over Alabama-Huntsville, Holy Cross and St. Lawrence, and the Huskies countered a handful of losses with wins over UMass Lowell and a pair against Merrimack. A highlight came around Thanksgiving when Northeastern snuck past Western Michigan in a shootout in the first game of the Shillelagh Tournament and then took down host Notre Dame, 3-2, to capture the tourney title. The squad started the new year with a four-game winning streak and split a two-game series at Notre Dame in its last action.
The Huskies find a good amount of youth atop their scoring list through 26 games this season, as sophomore Kevin Roy leads the way with 31 points on 14 goals and 17 helpers. Freshman Mike Szmatula is close behind with 28 points, including a team-high 18 assists. Senior Braden Pimm is the team leader is goals with 15, and then three freshman forwards, Dalen Hedges (20 pts), John Stevens (16 pts) and Zach Aston-Reese (13 pts), round out the top six scorers on the roster. Sophomore Colton Saucerman is the top-scoring defenseman on the team with 3-10-13 points to his credit.
Clay Witt has been a big reason for the Huskies’ success this season, as the junior has seen action in 21 of the 26 games this season. He boasts an impressive 13-6-2 record and 2.04 goals-against average, and his .943 save percentage is the best in the nation.
Dec. 29, 2012 in Cambridge
In a game just after the Christmas holiday, the Huskies came into Bright Hockey Center and showed their power-play prowess, scoring three times on the man advantage in a convincing 5-1 win.
Brian Hart started the scoring in the game with a power-play strike of his own, giving Harvard a 1-0 lead at 4:25 of the first and helping his team secure that lead into the first break. It was in the second period that Northeastern’s Cody Ferriero went off, striking three times on the power play for the natural hat trick, powering NU out to a 3-1 lead after two. A fourth from Kevin Roy further distanced the Huskies and Ferriero added a fifth score to cap the impressive night. Roy ended the game with five points, having a hand in every Northeastern goal on the evening.
Harvard Beanpot Notes
61st Beanpot Revisited
Notes from Harvard’s appearance in last season’s Beanpot tournament, Feb. 4 and 11, 2013:
• Entering the game as the No. 5 in the nation, Boston College rode a pair of goals from Quinn Smith to a 4-1 victory in the opening round contest against the Crimson. The Eagles scored three of their four goals in the final two minutes of the first and second periods, the first coming with 29 seconds to play in the first, courtesy of Smith. He struck again 18:18 into the second and Michael Matheson’s goal at 19:09 put the Crimson in a 3-0 hole. Danny Biega ’13 got Harvard on the board at 9:17 of the third and Raphael Girard stopped 42 shots, but BC advanced in the 4-1 final.
• It was a slugfest from the get-go in the consolation game against No. 11/13 Boston University, as the teams combined for 11 goals in a 7-4 Harvard victory. BU jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes, but tallies from Biega and Dan Ford ended the first period in a 2-2 tie. The Terriers took a 3-2 lead just 1:38 into the second, but the Crimson erupted with four straight goals to take a commanding 6-3 lead. Marshall Everson ’13 leveled the score at 3-3 with his first of the evening, and a pair of strikes from Luke Greiner ’13 further distanced the Crimson. Everson opened the third with his second tally of the night and with eight seconds to play in the game, Greiner found the back of an empty net to complete the hat trick and seal the wild 7-4 win.
• The Eagles looked just as strong in the championship later that night, powering to a 6-3 win over Northeastern to claim its 18th Beanpot title.
Harvard has won 10 Beanpot titles, most recently in 1993. Other Crimson Beanpot notes:
• Head coach Ted Donato enters this season’s tournament with a 5-13 Beanpot record as Harvard head coach, and his teams have a 7-10‑1 record against Boston teams in non-Beanpot action. The Crimson fell to No. 7/7 Boston College, 5-1, Nov. 20 at home before rallying to take down BU, 7-4 at the Bright-Landry Center.
• Junior Tommy O’Regan is Harvard’s active leading Beanpot scorer with three points on three assists in four games. He is also the highest-rated player at +2. Senior captain Dan Ford has played in a team-high six Beanpot games and has a goal and an assist in his tournament career.
• The Crimson had lost to the eventual national champion in three straight Beanpots before three years ago, falling to BC in 2008 and 2010 and BU in 2009.
• Since the first Beanpot in 1952, Boston schools have won 10 national championships. Each time, the title-winning team won the Beanpot earlier in the season.
• Harvard made its first appearance since 1998 in the Beanpot championship game in 2008, losing a thriller to BC, 6-5, in overtime. The Crimson trailed, 5-3, until Jon Pelle ’08 and Mike Taylor ’08 scored in the final nine minutes of the third period to send the game to an extra session. Taylor had two goals and an assist in the game. Doug Rogers ’10 recorded a goal and two assists. Alex Biega ’10 had two assists. Kyle Richter ’10-11 made 27 saves. Nick Petrecki scored the winning goal for the Eagles at 7:07 of overtime. Petrecki had two goals, as did Brian Gibbons.
• The Crimson narrowly missed trips to the Beanpot championship game in each of Ted Donato’s first three years behind the bench. Harvard suffered a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Northeastern in the 2005 semifinal. BU held off a late Crimson charge (Harvard scored twice and held a 25-6 advantage in shots in the final period.) and added an empty-net goal for a 5-3 win in the 2006 semifinals. BC scored twice to rally and added an empty-netter in a 3-1 win against the Crimson in the 2007 first round.
• The rivalries with BU, BC and Northeastern are Harvard’s most-contested among non-conference opponents. Many of those games took place when all the schools were part of the 17-team ECAC. Harvard has met Boston University 148 times, Boston College 120 and Northeastern 98.
• The Crimson and Huskies have met in 13 of the last 15 tournaments.
• The Crimson’s nine-year championship appearance drought that ended in 2008 was the longest in school history. The current 20-year title drought is Harvard’s longest.
• Ted Donato made his Beanpot debut behind the Harvard bench in 2005, giving that tournament three teams with prominent alumni of their programs at the helm. Donato was 3-5 in Beanpot games as an undergrad, helping the team to a Beanpot title in 1989. With Jim Madigan taking over head coaching duties at Northeastern and David Quinn replacing Jack Parker at BU, every Beanpot school has a former player as head coach for the 2013-14 tournament.
• There are five Massachusetts natives, including one freshman, two sophomores and two juniors, and eight total New England natives on the Crimson roster.
• 1955 Beanpot MVP Bill Cleary ’56 was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 1995. He holds Beanpot records for goals in a period (four), game (five[tie]) and tournament (seven); and points in a period (five), game (seven) and tournament (11). He went on to coach Harvard to four Beanpot titles.
• Joe Cavanagh ’71 holds the record for career points in the Beanpot with 19 (7-12-19) and was a member of the inaugural induction class to the Beanpot Hall of Fame, alongside Bill Cleary, in 1995.