After a humbling loss to archrival Yale, the No. 4/4 Harvard men’s ice hockey team (10-2-2, 6-1-2 ECAC) will look to rebound as it resumes conference play at the Bright-Landry Center this weekend against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
The Stakes at Hand
While Harvard sits in second place in the ECAC, Clarkson (7-10-4, 4-3-2) and St. Lawrence (9-10-2, 5-4-0) lurk closely behind, as both squads are tied for fourth place in the conference. While the Crimson cannot surpass No. 12/12 Quinnipiac this weekend to move into first, the team is in danger of sliding down if it doesn’t come away from the weekend with at least one point.
The Harvard men’s basketball team (10-3, 1-0 Ivy) has flipped the script after consecutive road losses to start its winter break, winning three straight entering Wednesday’s tilt against Boston College (7-7, 0-3 ACC). Below, The Back Page takes a look at the three main things to keep your eye on as Harvard takes on its crosstown rival in its penultimate non-conference matchup.
One week after rising to its highest poll position in school history, the Harvard men’s ice hockey team took a small step back on Monday.
After falling 4-1 to Yale on Saturday, the Crimson (10-2-2, 6-1-2 ECAC) dropped one spot from third to fourth in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Harvard also spent three weeks at No. 4/4 from December 15 to January 5 during the winter break.
Leapfrogging the Crimson was Minnesota State, who made the jump from fourth to first in both polls. North Dakota and crosstown rival Boston University rounded out the top three, with UND receiving a slight edge from USA Today and BU having the advantage according to USCHO.com.
Despite its latest loss, Harvard still earned five first-place votes in each poll. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, who had their way with the Crimson on Saturday, rose one spot to No. 18 in the USCHO.com poll.
Here at The Back Page, we have asserted before that with a little help from our friend degrees of separation, we can prove that Harvard actually should be the one playing in the national championship game Monday. In advance of the Oregon-Ohio State matchup, we’ve taken the courtesy of proving once again that, no matter who wins, undefeated Harvard is the real college football champion.
The Harvard men’s basketball team (9-3) righted the ship Monday with a 46-point thrashing of Saint Rose—the team’s largest-ever victory under coach Tommy Amaker—but faces a bigger challenge in Hanover, NH as it starts conference play Saturday against Dartmouth (7:00 p.m., Ivy League Digital Network). Below, The Back Page takes a look at the three main things to keep your eye on as Harvard starts the “14-game tournament”.