The 2018-19 Harvard men's ice hockey team will play its season opener on Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Dartmouth (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey begins the 2018-19 regular season with a road game at travel partner Dartmouth on Saturday night (Oct. 27) at Thompson Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with a start time of 7 p.m. Harvard returns 21 letterwinners from the 2017-18 team that earned its fourth straight trip to Lake Placid and the ECAC Hockey semifinals.
What to Know
• Seniors Michael Floodstrand and Lewis Zerter-Gossage have both been named captains for the 2017-18 season. All Harvard varsity captains are elected by their teammates. This season marks a return to having two co-captains after three were elected last season. Both three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections, Floodstrand and Zerter-Gossage are coming off their best seasons for Harvard on the ice. Floodstrand competed in a career-high 33 games, notching 10 points (four goals, six assists). Zerter-Gossage recorded a career-best 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 32 games.
• The Crimson played an exhibition contest against the US NTDP U-18 team on Saturday, falling 6-3 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Junior defenseman Adam Fox scored twice against his former team, but Harvard men's ice hockey fell, 6-3 to the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team in an exhibition contest. First-year forward Baker Shore added a goal, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 13 saves in two periods of action for the Crimson. Junior goaltender Cameron Gornet stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period.
• Harvard has recorded shutouts in five of its last six season openers, including a 5-0 win over Dartmouth in last year's season opener on Oct. 29, 2017 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
• While Harvard lost Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist Ryan Donato, seven of its top 10 scorers are back. Leading the group is senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage, who was second on the team with 29 points (10-19--29). Three other players who topped 20 points return, including two-time All-American defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20), and forward Nathan Krusko (3-17-20)
• Harvard returns a total of 356 career games played on defense, including 73 points scored from the blue line last season, the second highest total of all returning ECAC Hockey defensive units. Leading the way for Harvard on defense will be All-American and First Team All-ECAC Hockey selection, junior defenseman Adam Fox (6-22-28), and ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team honoree, sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh (7-13-20).
Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed five NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 10 All-Americans and 12 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.
Harvard will host Quinnipiac and Princeton next weekend (Nov. 2-3) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Tickets are available at GoCrimson.com. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+.