CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 17 Harvard men's ice hockey will conclude the 68th Beanpot at TD Garden against No. 4/4 Boston College in the consolation game on Monday (Feb. 10) at 4:30 p.m. Harvard is the only Beanpot team coming off a win last weekend, as the Crimson dispatched Dartmouth, 6-2, on Friday to pick up two big points in ECAC Hockey play. Both Nick Abruzzese and Jack Drury had a goal and an assist to lead Harvard up front, while Mitchell Gibson made 22 saves in net.
What to Know
• Harvard is one of the top scoring teams in the nation, with an average of 3.86 goals per game (No. 3, NCAA). First-year forward Nick Abruzzese leads the team in scoring with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists), leading NCAA first-years with 1.36 points per game. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach also has been a force up front with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists). Sophomore forward Jack Drury (15-14-29; 11 goals in his last eight games, 10-game point streak) has been red hot. Drury was named HCA National Player of the Month, and Abruzzese was named Rookie of the Month for January. Defensemen Reilly Walsh (5-16-21) and Jack Rathbone (4-14-18) are two of the top scoring blueliners in the nation.
• Monday's meeting between Harvard and Boston College is the 44th in the history of the Beanpot Tournament, with the Eagles owning a 29-14 record in previous contests.
• Harvard's power play is No. 1 in the NCAA at 30.9% (25-for-81) on the season. The Crimson has scored at least one power play goal in 18 of 22 games this season.
• Harvard has been a fast-starting team this season, scoring first in 16 of 22 games this year. The Crimson is second in the nation with an average of 1.27 goals in the opening period of play.
• A 10-game winning streak in the middle of the season saw BC move into the upper-echelon of college hockey, but BC is 1-3-1 in its last five games. One of the top-scoring teams in the nation (3.68 goals per game), BC is led up front by seniors Julius Mattila (7-26-33) and David Cotton (12-19-31). First-year goaltender Spencer Knight (15-8-1, 2.07, .926) has been one of the best, with five shutouts on the season.
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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 league play this weekend with home games against Yale and Brown on Feb. 14-15. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.