Harvard will take on Brown and Yale this weekend with key ECAC Hockey points on the line. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 15/17 Harvard men's hockey (14-8-3, 10-6-2 ECAC Hockey) will honor its six seniors - Adam Baughman, Viktor Dombrovskiy, Michael Floodstrand, Michael Lackey, Jacob Olson, and Lewis Zerter-Gossage - as the Crimson plays its final home series against Brown and Yale. The Harvard Men's Hockey class of 2019 has won 76 games, and all six have been named ECAC Hockey All-Academic selections in every season of eligibility. In addition, they've won two Ivy League Championships, the 2017 ECAC Hockey Tournament title, and the 2016-17 Cleary Cup as ECAC Hockey regular season champions. Harvard (22 points) currently sits in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, three behind Cornell (25 points) in the chase for the Cleary Cup.
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• Last weekend, Harvard split games at St. Lawrence (W, 3-2) and Clarkson (L, 5-3) with the loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday snapping a six game winning streak in ECAC Hockey play. Since an 0-2-2 start in conference play, Harvard has won 10 of its last 14 league games.
• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (8-26-34) is a strong candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. Fox is fourth in the country in scoring (per game) and first among defensemen, averaging 1.36 points per contest. He is on pace to near 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. Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 points, joining Fusco (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He is the first junior defenseman in college hockey to reach 100 points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12.
• First-years Casey Dornbach (6-19-25) and Jack Drury (7-14-21) have taken little time to adjust to the college game. Dornbach leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.00 points per game, while Drury is sixth among NCAA freshmen with 0.88 points per contest.
• 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 3.44 points per game, recording 86 points (22 goals, 64 assists) in 25 games. Three of Harvard's top seven scorers are blue liners - Adam Fox (eight goals, 26 assists), Reilly Walsh (eight goals, 17 assists), and Jack Rathbone (four goals, 10 assists).
• Harvard appeared in the USCHO.com poll for the fourth consecutive week, ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Crimson has now appeared in the USCHO.com poll in each of the last five seasons dating back to 2014-15. Harvard is ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and is 15th in the Pairwise Rankings.
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 close out the regular season on the road with games at Rensselaer (March 1) and Union (March 2) next weekend. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.