Men's Ice Hockey
For an entire month, the outlook was bleak for the Harvard men’s hockey team. Behind a frustrated offense, the losses kept piling up, and the Crimson found itself bumped out of the USCHO poll for the first time in a year and a half. Finally, though, Harvard has something to build on after registering its first four-point weekend of the season. A 5-2 triumph over Princeton on Saturday completed the weekend’s back-to-back wins.
Junior forward Ryan Donato did much of his damage down low on Friday night. On the Crimson's first goal, Donato served as a screen in front of the net, and then he added two goals of his own from in close. By potting the first of those two pucks, the center extended his point streak to nine games.
After a 2-5-1 start to the season, the Crimson battled Quinnipiac in dire need of a win—nothing more, nothing less, just the two conference points. And a victory is exactly what Harvard earned on Friday night, as the visiting Crimson edged a physical and relentless Bobcats team, 6-2. Harvard picks up its first tick in the win column since a November 4th shutout against Brown.
For Harvard, the road to a winning record ideally begins this weekend. The Crimson embarks on its least busy month of the schedule—just four games are slotted for December—with a pair of ECAC contests featuring Quinnipiac on Friday and Princeton the following night.