Harvard men's ice hockey begins its quest for a 12th Beanpot title tomorrow night against Boston College.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 19 Harvard men's ice hockey (11-6-3, 8-5-2 ECAC Hockey) is set for the 67th annual Beanpot and an opening round matchup against Boston College on Monday night (5 p.m.) at TD Garden. Harvard and BC will meet at 5 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast by NESN and TSN2. The Crimson enters the weekend winners of four in a row and with an 7-2-1 mark in its last 10 games.
What to Know
• Monday's meeting between Harvard and BC is the 43rd in the history of the Beanpot Tournament, with the Eagles owning a 28-14 record in previous contests.
• Last year, Harvard earned its first win over Boston College in the Beanpot since 1998 with a 5-4 (ot) win over the Eagles in the consolation game. Harvard is 2-0-1 in its last three meetings against BC overall.
• Harvard (No. 12) and Northeastern (No. 13) enters Monday night ahead of Boston College (No. 32) and Boston University (No. 22) in the NCAA Tournament Pairwise Ratings. If the Crimson and Huskies were to meet in the Beanpot final, it would mark the first time in tournament history that BU or BC would not take home the trophy in three consecutive years.
• Harvard is seeking to return to the Beanpot championship after winning the tournament in 2017, when the Crimson beat Northeastern, 4-3, in the opening round, then topped BU, 6-3 to clinch its first Beanpot since 1993.
• Harvard won its fourth straight game on Friday night, earning a 4-1 victory over Dartmouth. Senior captain Lewis Zerter-Gossage recorded his team-leading third multiple goal effort of the year, scoring twice to lead the Crimson attack. Senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 34 saves to earn the victory in net. He allowed one goal or less for the fourth time in the last six starts.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox enters the weekend with 95 points (19-76-95), and could become the first junior defenseman to hit 100 career points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12. If Fox were to reach 100 points, he'd be the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach that plateau, joining Mark Fusco '83 (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He'd be the first defenseman at Harvard to reach 100 points in his junior season.
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 Union on Friday night (Feb. 8, 7 p.m.) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The game will air on ESPN+.