CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 8/10 Harvard men's hockey looks to keep its unbeaten run going this week with a road contest at Rensselaer (4-5-1, 2-3-1 ECAC Hockey) on Friday night (Nov. 22, 7 p.m.). The game will air on RPITV.org. Harvard has won its first five games of the season, including road wins against Brown (W, 4-1) and Yale (W, 6-1) last weekend. Harvard is off to its first 5-0 start in the Ted Donato era, and is 5-0 for the first time since the 1988-1989 season. Harvard is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, along with No. 2/2 Cornell (6-0-0).
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• A combination of great goaltending and timely scoring has helped Harvard begin the 2019-20 season unbeaten in five games. Harvard's goaltending tandem of first-year Mitchell Gibson (3-0-0, 1.00, .968) and senior Cameron Gornet (2-0-0, 2.00, .955) has combined to put up the best goaltending stats in the country. Gibson started in net last Friday night, making 28 saves in a 4-1 win against Brown, while Gornet made 41 saves in a 6-1 win a Yale on Saturday night.
• Harvard's offense is off to a flying start, leading the nation early on with 5.40 goals scored per game. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach (two goals, seven assists) leads the team in scoring and is third in the nation with 1.80 points per game. Sophomore defenseman Jack Rathbone (3-4-7) is third among NCAA defensemen with an average of 1.40 points per game, while first-year forward John Farinacci (4-3-7) leads the team in goal-scoring. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (2-6-8) has also been excellent up front for Harvard.
• Harvard is ranked in the top-10 of both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls for the first time in two seasons (Nov. 5, 2017)...Harvard has five players with point streaks of three or more - Henry Bowlby (4), Reilly Walsh (3), RJ Murphy (3), Jack Drury (3), and Casey Dornbach (3)...Through five games, Harvard has 10 players with two goals or more, and 10 players with five points or more.
• Rensselaer has been a much more dangerous offensive team through 10 games, averaging 3.10 goals per game, more than a goal-per-game more than last year. Leading the Engineers has been senior defenseman Will Reilly (5-5-10), while senior forwards Patrick Polino (4-4-8) and Chase Zieky (4-4-8) have also been impactful. Sophomore Owen Savory (3-4-1, 2.58, .914) is one of the league's top returning goaltenders, and RPI's special teams (PP - 21.1%; PK - 89.5%) have been excellent.
• The class of 2020 has amassed 67 wins in three-plus seasons at Harvard and has a chance to surpass the most wins for a senior group (83, class of 2018) in recent history.
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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 six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 11 All-Americans and 16 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 returns to action the day after Thanksgiving, as the Crimson will host No. 12/14 Boston College at Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. The game will air on NESN and be streamed on ESPN+.