Harvard men's ice hockey will head to The Bentley Arena for the first time in program history. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's hockey (4-4-2) will play its final regular season game of the 2018 calendar year when it makes the short bus trip to Bentley (5-9-1) for a non-conference game on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Harvard boasts the nation's leading scorer (points per game) in junior defenseman Adam Fox (5-15-20, 2.0 points per game) a Hobey Baker candidate, and the nation's top-ranked power play unit (17-for-44, 38.6%).
What to Know
• Harvard split games against Colgate (W, 6-1) and No. 16 Cornell (L, 2-1) last weekend at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. On Friday night against the Raiders, senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage had two goals, and defensemen Adam Fox and Reilly Walsh each had a goal and two assists, with Michael Lackey making 24 saves in net to help Harvard earn the win. On Saturday night, Lackey stopped 28 of 30 shots, with first-year defenseman Jack Rathbone scoring the Crimson's lone goal.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 10 games (17-for-44, 38.6%), including a 3-for-3 performance last Friday night against Colgate. Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but one contest this year. The Crimson scored five power play goals in its season opener at Dartmouth (10/27), the most in a single game by a Harvard team since 2006.
• The Crimson features one of the most talented groups of offensive defensemen in the nation. Harvard defensemen are second in the country with an average of 4.3 points per game, recording 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 10 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (five goals, 15 assists), Reilly Walsh (five goals, six assists), and Jack Rathbone (three goals, six assists).
• Senior goaltender Michael Lackey has been excellent over the past six games, allowing just four even strength goals during that span. He has a 4-2-0 mark, with a 1.67 GAA and .940 Save% in that span.
• Six of eight Harvard first-years have seen game action, with a total of 50 games played. Harvard first-years are averaging a total of 3.9 points per game, second in the nation, led by first-year forward Casey Dornbach (2-13-15), who leads all NCAA freshmen with 1.50 points per game.
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 take three weeks off during the annual exam/holiday break before returning to Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Dec. 30 to face the Chinese National Development Team in an exhibition game at 4:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+.