Harvard men's ice hockey will host Rensselaer at Bright-Landry Hockey Center tomorrow night.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard men's ice hockey (5-4-2, 2-3-2 ECAC Hockey) is set to kick off the second half of its season against league foe Rensselaer (4-13-0, 3-5-0 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. This will be the first meeting between the Crimson and the Engineers this season. Harvard is 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings against RPI, including a 4-0-0 mark in the last four games at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
What to Know
• The Crimson played an exhibition contest on Sunday (Dec. 30), defeating Concordia, 5-1. Five different goal scorers (Badini, Deveaux, Bowlby, Shore, Krusko) helped Harvard earn the win, and all three Harvard goalies combined to stop 18 of 19 shots. Harvard capped off the first half of its season on a high note, earning a 2-1 win at Bentley on Dec. 4. First-year forward Jack Drury, and sophomore forward Jack Donato scored for the Crimson, and senior goaltender Michael Lackey stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the victory in net.
• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 11 games (17-for-46, 37.0%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in all but two contests this year, with two or more power play goals in four games. 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. Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh leads the team with five power play goals on the year.
• 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 4.09 points per game, recording 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 11 games. Three of Harvard's top six scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (five goals, 15 assists), Reilly Walsh (five goals, seven assists), and Jack Rathbone (three goals, six assists).
• Rensselaer has dropped seven straight games heading into its game against Harvard, but Has several impressive performances to date, including a home-and-home sweep of Union on Oct. 26-27. Junior Jacob Hayhurst (2 goal, 12 assists) has a team-best 14 points through 17 games this season. Classmates Will Reilly (3 goals, 5 assists) and Patrick Polino (5 goals, 3 assists) join freshman Ottoville Leppanen (2 goals, 6 assists) with eight points. Sophomore Linden Marshall (3-8-0) has a 3.84 goals against average and an .889 save percentage as the starter 11 games this season.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (5-15-20) is off to a tremendous start for Harvard. He leads the country in scoring (per game), averaging 1.82 points per contest. He is on pace to shatter the school record for points by a Harvard defenseman in one season, set by Mark Fusco '83, who had 46 points (13-33-46) in 1982-83. On Oct. 27 at Dartmouth, Fox notched a career high five points (goal, four assists), becoming the first Harvard player to have five points since Alexander Kerfoot did it against BC on Nov. 11, 2014.
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 Boston University next Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+.