The Crimson is looking to take down the Terriers for the second time this season Monday (Photo: Gil Talbot).
Highlights: Harvard Blanks Dartmouth, 3-0
For the second time in as many seasons, the Harvard men’s hockey team will take on Boston University in the consolation game of the annual Beanpot Tournament Monday. It represents Harvard’s final non-conference matchup of the 2013-14 regular season.
• Harvard ran its ECAC win streak to two games in its last time out, holding the upper hand in a physical battle with Ivy foe Dartmouth, 3-0, Friday at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The freshman class was responsible for all three goals in the game, with Sean Malone netting the game-winner on a first-period power play. Tyler Moy registered his third of the season, while Devin Tringale picked up his second of the year. Steve Michalek earned his second win of the season in net, stopping 21 shots for his first shutout as a member of the Crimson.
• In last year’s Beanpot consolation game, the Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Crimson, led by then-seniors Luke Greiner and Marshall Everson, stormed back to take the victory, 7-4. Greiner notched his first career hat trick with an empty net tally in the final seconds and Everson posted a pair of scores in the high-scoring affair.
• While BU holds the edge in the all-time series against the Crimson, Harvard has claimed victories in the last three meetings. The Crimson has also combined to score 20 goals in the last three games against the Terriers.
• Despite a tough night against Northeastern in the Beanpot semifinal, the Crimson penalty kill is ranked sixth in the nation (80/92, .870). The penalty kill unit is also ranked second among ECAC teams, trailing only Quinnipiac.
• 40 of Harvard’s last 43 goals have been scored by either freshmen or sophomores, including the last 22 strikes. Underclassmen are responsible for 113 of Harvard’s 139 total points (81%) through 22 games this season.
Series History: BU
The series against Boston University is one of Harvard’s oldest, thanks in large part to a number of matchups in the annual Beanpot Tournament. Harvard trails in the all-time series, 66-76-6. The teams first faced each other in 1922 and Harvard captured wins in 15 of the first 16 matchups. The Crimson also owns the longest win streak in the series, earning 11-straight victories from 1927-37. Harvard enters tonight’s matchup riding a three-game win streak against the Terriers. The Crimson has also posted wins in four of the last six meetings.
About The Terriers
Despite a handful of signature wins this season, the Terriers enter the matchup with the Crimson below .500 with a 8-15-4 overall record on the season. BU took three of its first four contests, including a 7-3 upset over No. 2 Wisconsin at Agganis Arena, but followed with road losses to Michigan and Michigan State. A split with third-ranked Providence preceded a three-game losing skid, and after downing No. 14 Cornell at Madison Square Garden Nov. 30, the Terriers went 0-2-1 in their final three games of 2013. A six-game losing skid in January was snapped by a 4-2 win over then-No. 17 Vermont, but the Terriers have gone 0-2-2 since.
Scouting Boston University
Sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen leads all BU players with 20 points on the season and also holds a team-best 15 assists. Cason Hohmann is the top goal-scorer on the squad with nine to his credit, while Oksanen tops the team in power-play tallies with four. Danny O’Regan and Nick Roberto have each recorded a pair of game-winning strikes on the year, tied for the team high.
Matt O’Connor has been the go-to goalie this season, playing in 13 games as compared to Sean Maguire’s five. Both Maguire and O’Connor hold impressive .929 save percentages while Maguire’s 2.49 goals-against average is slightly better than O’Connor’s 2.61. O’Connor has been in net for six of BU’s seven wins this season.
Jan. 4, 2014 in Cambridge
There were plenty of fireworks in the teams’ first meeting of the season at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, as the Crimson powered to a 7-4 victory to kick off the 2014 portion of its schedule.
Cason Hohmann started the scoring just 47 seconds into the contest, but responses from David Valek and Phil Zielonka gave the hosts a 2-1 lead after one. Rookie Victor Newell potted the first goal of his collegiate career to start the second, but a Dillion Lawrence tally brought the score to 3-2. Zielonka netted his second power-play score of the night to push the lead to 4-2 and Jimmy Vesey made it 5-2 heading into the final frame.
The Terriers made it interesting for the Crimson, striking twice on the power play in the first 14 minutes of the third period to close the gap to one. Freshman Sean Malone took over from there, burying two short-handed goals in the closing minutes to secure the 7-4 victory for Harvard.
Friday’s game against Dartmouth marked the fourth time this season that every Harvard goal in the game was scored by a rookie. It was the first time Harvard won a game in such an occurrence, as it had previously been 0-2-1 in such contests.
Freshman Luke Esposito has shown a knack for winning in the faceoff circle this season, leading the team with a .605 win percentage and a total of 202 victories. The rookie has posted a winning faceoff record in 18 of 22 games played this year, including the past seven games. His strongest showing came against Northeastern in the Beanpot semifinal, where he was victorious in 16 of his 19 faceoffs.
Junior Ryan McGregor is next in line with a .507 faceoff percentage and first-year Sean Malone is second on the squad with 199 total faceoff victories.