No. 14/14 Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Dartmouth in ECACH Quarterfinal Series

Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics
Gil Talbot / Harvard Athletics

Harvard kicks off its best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series against Dartmouth on Friday night (7 pm) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 14/14 Harvard men's hockey (17-9-3, 13-7-2 ECAC Hockey) is set to kick off postseason play with a ECAC Hockey quarterfinal best-of-three series against travel partner Dartmouth (13-15-4, 10-9-3 ECAC Hockey). Harvard and Dartmouth split the regular season series, with the Big Green winning the season opener between the two teams on Oct. 27 (7-6, OT) at Thompson Arena, and Harvard taking its home game against Dartmouth, a 4-1 win on Feb. 1. Two of Harvard's 10 ECAC Hockey Tournament titles (1971, 2006) have come as the No. 4 seed.

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What to Know
• Harvard is pursuing its fifth consecutive trip to Lake Placid and the ECAC semifinals. The Crimson won the Whitelaw Cup in 2015 and 2017 and reached the final in 2016. Harvard has won 10 ECAC Hockey Tournament titles, including three under head coach Ted Donato (2006, 2015, 2017). Harvard is seeking to become the third team in recent history to make five straight appearances at the league's championship weekend, joining Quinnipiac (2013-17) and Cornell (2008-12). 

• Harvard and Dartmouth last met in the ECAC playoffs in the 2018 quarterfinals at Bright-Landry Hockey Center The series went the full three games, with the Crimson winning Games 2 (W, 7-1) and 3 (W, 4-2) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard is 8-5 all-time against Dartmouth in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

• Junior defenseman Adam Fox (eight goals, 32 assists), the Ivy League Player of the Year, is in the midst of his best season. He is the top scoring defenseman (per game) in the country) leads Harvard and is third in ECAC Hockey with a plus-20 rating. Fox is fourth in the country in scoring (per game) overall, averaging 1.38 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. A native of Jericho, N.Y., Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 career 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. 

• Senior forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage leads the Crimson with 17 goals and has sevegoals in his last 10 games. He is currently riding a four-game point streak...Sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 13 games...First-year defenseman Jack Rathbone has points in his last four games and has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last eight games.

• The Crimson finished the regular season with a 9-3-2 (.714) mark at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard is unbeaten in its last eight games (7-0-1) at Bright Landry Hockey-Center. The Crimson could record double-digit wins at home for the second time in the last three seasons (2016-17). 

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 and Dartmouth are playing for a trip to Lake Placid and ECAC Hockey championship weekend (March 22-23), with games at Herb Brooks Arena.