No. 17 Men's Ice Hockey Hosts No. 20 Union in Key ECAC Hockey Contest

Courtesy of Peter Barber
Courtesy of Peter Barber

Harvard men's ice hockey returns to ECAC Hockey play against No 20 Union on Friday night (Feb. 8) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey (11-7-3, 8-5-2 ECAC Hockey) returns to ECAC Hockey play on Friday night (Feb. 8, 7 p.m.), hosting No. 20 Union (13-8-5, 6-7-1 ECAC Hockey) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. With seven ECAC Hockey contests left, Harvard currently sits in a tie for fourth with 18 points in the league standings, fighting for a top-4 seed and a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Union (7th, 13 points) is one of several teams chasing the Crimson. Harvard has clinched a top-4 seed in each of the last three seasons, and has advanced to Lake Placid and the ECAC Hockey semifinals in each of the last four years.

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What to Know
• Harvard saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Monday night in the opening round of the Beanpot, as the Crimson fell, 2-1, to Boston College. Sophomore Henry Bowlby scored Harvard's lone goal late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. The Crimson outshot BC, 28-18, on the night, as senior goaltender Michael Lackey made 16 saves.

• 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. In addition, this season, seniors Lewis Zerter-Gossage, Michael Floodstrand, and Jacob Olson all played their 100th games in a Crimson uniform.

• Harvard has the No. 1 power play in the nation through 21 games (23-for-71, 32.4%), Harvard has scored on the man advantage in 14 of 21 games this year, with two or more power play goals in five contests. 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 six power play goals on the year.

• Union has some of the most impressive non-conference wins in all of ECAC Hockey (Northeastern (2x), St. Cloud State), but has been a .500 team in conference play. The Dutchmen are coming off a 6-0 win over Colgate on home ice, with Liam Morgan (2-1-3) and Brett Supinksi (2-0-2) leading the way. Goaltender Darion Hanson made 20 saves to earn the shutout win. Up front Cole Maier (6-15-21) leads the team in scoring. Hanson (7-4-4, 2.36 GAA, .922 Save%) has recorded two shutouts in his last three starts, following a period where Union goaltending had allowed three or more goals in five straight games.

• Senior goaltender Michael Lackey has been excellent for the better part of the last two months. Since Nov. 24, Lackey is 9-4-1 with a 1.63 GAA (No. 6 NCAA) and .944 Save% (No. 3 NCAA), allowing two goals or less in 12 of those 14 starts. This season, 11-6-3 with a 2.13 GAA (16th NCAA) and .925 Save % (11th NCAA).

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.

Up Next
Harvard will play Boston University in the Beanpot consolation game next Monday night (Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m.) at TD Garden.