CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 18 Harvard and Yale will meet in the Rivalry on Ice game at Madison Square Garden, a third non-conference game between the two teams. Harvard has played at Madison Square Garden four times in the last six seasons, taking on Yale in 2014 and 2015, Quinnipiac in 2016, and Cornell last season. Most recently, against the Big Red in the Frozen Apple game on Nov. 24, 2018, Henry Bowlby scored twice, and Casey Dornbach notched three assists to help Harvard earn a 4-1 win over Cornell.
What to Know
• Harvard is one of the top scoring teams in the nation, with an average of 3.79 goals per game, and has done so through a balanced scoring effort. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach leads the team in scoring with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists). He is No. 8 in the NCAA in scoring (per game), with 1.36 points per contest. First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (6-10-16) leads all NCAA freshmen in per game scoring (1.14 points per game). Defensemen Reilly Walsh (4-9-13) and Jack Rathbone (4-9-13) are two of the top scoring blueliners in the nation. Sophomore Jack Drury (4-8-12), the nephew of former New York Rangers standout Chris Drury, is also off to a strong start.
• Harvard has scored a power play goal in 11 of the last 12 games and is 13-for-43 (30.2%) on the man advantage in that span...Harvard has scored first in 10 of 14 games this season, with a 7-1-2 record in those contests....Harvard is second in the nation with a 13.2 shooting percentage.
• Head coach Ted Donato spent the 2002-03 season of his NHL career in the New York Rangers organization, playing 49 games with the Rangers.
• Yale has played its best hockey of late (4-1-0 in last five games) after a 2-7-0 start to the season, getting quality goaltending from Corbin Kaczperski (ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month), who has allowed one goal or less in three of his last five starts. Sophomore forward Curtis Hall, a teammate of Jack Drury's on the U.S. World Junior Team, leads the team in goal scoring (8), and is tied for team lead in points with Justin Pearson (3-6-9).
• On Nov. 16, first-year forward John Farinacci had two goals, and senior goaltender Cameron Gornet made 41 saves to lead Harvard to a 6-1 win over Yale at Ingalls Rink. Both Henry Bowlby and Casey Dornbach added two assists for Harvard, which recorded its most lopsided win against Yale since an 8-2 win (March 11, 2012) during the 2011-12 season, and its biggest road win over the Bulldogs since a 12-1 win on Dec. 11, 1993.
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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 15 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 Bright-Landry Hockey Center next weekend for its first home games of 2020, hosting St. Lawrence and Clarkson on Jan. 17-18. Both contests will begin at 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.