No. 5/6 Harvard (14-5-2, 10-4-2 ECAC)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 5/6 Harvard men's hockey team heads into the final month of the regular season trending in the right direction after going 3-0-1 in its final four games of January. The Crimson is third in the ECAC Hockey standings as it prepares to host Dartmouth Friday, Feb. 3 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, before facing off against Northeastern in the semifinals of the 65th annual Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.
The First Line
• The Crimson defense has been staunch over the last two weeks, giving up just three goals in its last four games. Harvard has wins over Brown, Cornell and Colgate in that span, as well as a 1-1 tie with Yale. Its recent success has moved it into third in the ECAC standings, three back of first-place St. Lawrence, and is tops in the Ivy League with 11 points.
• Harvard, along with all of the men's and women's teams in the ECAC, is participating in the ECAC Hockey Concussion Awareness Week supporting the Headway Foundation. Fans are encouraged to pledge a donation to the Headway Foundation for each goal their favorite team scores over the weekend. For more information, visit http://headwayfoundation.com/ecachockey.
Last Time Out
The Crimson secured four points in the ECAC standings to move into third place following victories over Cornell and Colgate on the road. Trailing 1-0 heading to the third period, Harvard scored four unanswered goals against the Big Red to earn the win. The next night, the Crimson scored three times in the first period en route to a 3-1 triumph versus the Raiders.
The Big Green posted a weekend split during the trip to Colgate and Cornell. On Friday, Dartmouth fell 2-1 to the Raiders, but bounced back Saturday with a third period comeback over the Big Red, 4-2. Alex Jasiek scored twice and Troy Crema added the insurance goal for the Big Green.
Crema is Dartmouth's leading scorer with 13 goals and 22 points. Devin Buffalo has played 20 games in goal and enters Friday's matchup with a .908 save percentage and a 2.79 GAA.
The Big Green won the first meeting against Harvard about two weeks ago in Hanover, 8-4.
Series Record vs. Dartmouth: 131-65-13
Last Five Meetings: 3-1-1
Jan. 17, 2017 - L, 4-8
Nov. 1, 2015 - W, 5-2
Oct. 31, 2015 - W, 7-0
Nov. 18, 2014 - W, 2-0
Nov. 1, 2014 - T, 3-3 (ot)
For the first time this season, the Crimson overcame a deficit heading into the third period, rallying past Cornell Jan. 27, 4-1. The Crimson trailed 1-0 heading to the last 20 minutes, but Jake Horton, Clay Anderson, Ryan Donato and Lewis Zerter-Gossage all scored to propel the Crimson.
Junior forward Jake Horton scored the first Harvard goal in each of the Crimson's wins at Cornell and Colgate Jan. 27-28. The Oakdale, Minnesota native double his goal total for the season and also marked the first time in his career he scored in consecutive games.
One year after Jimmy Vesey '16 won the 2016 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's best player, the Crimson have three new candidates for the 2017 season. Seniors Alexander Kerfoot and Sean Malone, as well as freshman Adam Fox, have each been named a candidate this year. Fan voting is open on the Hobey Baker fan page through February.
Tim Taylor Cup
Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen became the first Harvard player to receive the Tim Taylor Cup as the MVP of the Harvard-Yale game played in Cambridge each season. The award is named in honor of the former Crimson player and coach, as well as Yale coach. Madsen shared the award with Yale goaltender, Patrick Spano, after the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Freshman Adam Fox has made a name for himself on the Harvard blue line through 21 games of the season. The Jericho, New York native, and Calgary Flames prospect leads the team with 21 assists. His 1.15 points per game mark ranks first among all defensemen in the country and third among all rookies. His 15 points in conference games leads all defensemen and freshmen.
Senior co-captain Alexander Kerfoot has been selected as one of the 15 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for men's collegiate hockey. The announcement was made by the organization Jan. 13. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
The Crimson is unbeaten at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this season, going 7-0-2.
Power Play Power
The Crimson has converted on 28.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season. It's 25-for-89 success rate is tops in the country.
Harvard's seniors have combined for the most points of any senior class in the nation.
Harvard – 106
Sacred Heart – 98
Boston College - 94
Harvard is boasting a 1.52 scoring margin through 21 games this season, the second-best mark in Division I. Harvard's offense is averaging 3.81 goals, while the defense has surrendered just 2.29, the 15th-lowest in the nation.
Harvard ranks No. 5 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 6 in the USA Today poll this week. It rose as high as No. 2 in the USCHO poll on Jan. 9. Harvard has been ranked in the USCHO.com poll for 63 weeks, while it has spent the last 45 weeks ranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.