Crimson staff writer
Spencer R. Morris
Spencer is a member of the 146th guard. He has covered the men's hockey team since January of 2016.
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This weekend, all eyes turned to New Haven, Conn., as Harvard football clashed with Yale in “The Game.” While classmates were enjoying the annual festivities, however, the Harvard men’s hockey team was up north battling Minnesota in back-to-back contests.
Every showdown between the Harvard men’s hockey team and Cornell promises to be a great on-ice display. On Saturday night, the meeting between the two teams was more than great—it was an instant classic.
The Harvard men’s hockey team didn’t expect to be .500 heading into a much-anticipated matchup with Cornell on Saturday. Nevertheless, the No. 5 Crimson fell to Colgate, 2-1, on Friday night, evening its record at just that. By the mid-way point of the game, Harvard found itself in a two-goal hole. The Raiders were simply the more opportunistic team in Friday’s bout, cashing in on their chances despite being outshot 31-20.
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If you want to hang with the best teams, you have to be able to play in their rinks. The Harvard men’s hockey team certainly considers itself among the NCAA’s elite—so does the USCHO poll, in which the Crimson ranks fifth this week. And now, Harvard will have a chance to justify this ranking as it takes to the road for a program-record nine straight contests. The new-look 2017-2018 squad will visit Colgate and No. 14/12 Cornell in a pair of conference matchups.
After a weekend of Ivy League play, the Crimson is done playing at home until 2018. Despite the urge to relish its final game in Cambridge for two months, Harvard showed little hospitality to visiting Brown on Saturday night. Looking to avenge a disappointing loss to Yale the night prior, the Crimson achieved the weekend split by topping the Bears in a shutout effort, 3-0.
“It’s a new year. We lost a lot of great players, a lot of great leadership.” For the Harvard men’s hockey team, these words from coach Ted Donato ’91 are all too familiar. Each season, and especially the last two, the talent walking the stage in late May seems irreplaceable. And yet, the Crimson is starting to develop a knack for turning over its roster and staying competitive year in and year out.
In 62 seasons at Bright-Landry, never once has the Crimson ventured away from its home ice for more than eight consecutive contests—until now. This season, Harvard’s slate includes a nine-game streak of away contests.
On Friday night, the Harvard men’s hockey team once again did something it rarely does. Except this time, it wasn’t a good thing. After going unbeaten in Cambridge last season, the Crimson finally lost a home match.
Like many weekends, two Ivy League opponents are coming to town. Like many weekends, four points will be on the line. Like many weekends, the Crimson is favored to win both matchups. In a vacuum, these claims are all true. But for the Harvard men’s hockey team, the stakes are raised in this weekend’s contests with Yale and Brown.
The Harvard men’s hockey team, like every other Division I club, wants to improve upon last year’s results. When it comes to playing in its home rink, however, the Crimson has little room for error. After cruising to an unbeaten record at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in 2016-2017, Harvard dropped the puck against Ivy League rival Dartmouth on Sunday night hoping to impose a similar home-ice dominance.
Take one look at the most recent USCHO Division I poll, and something will stand out: the Harvard men’s hockey team sits at No. 3, but the team has yet to play a single game. The 0-0-0 record looks out of place among all the other normal records. This is because, for the last three weeks, the Crimson and its fellow Ivy Leaguers have watched the rest of the league dive into regular season action. Now, with Dartmouth coming to Cambridge in a matter of days, the wait is finally over.
Reaching back-to-back Frozen Fours is a rare feat in today’s Division I landscape. In fact, only five teams have been able to pull it off in the last decade, including North Dakota’s string of three consecutive appearances from 2014-2016. And yet, the Harvard men’s hockey team prepares for its 2017-2018 campaign with this exact goal in mind.
Among the incoming players is Jack Donato, son of Crimson coach Ted ’91 and brother of rising junior Ryan.
The Jericho, N.Y., native finished the season atop all defensemen in points and assists, with 40 and 34, respectively. Fox also set the scoring pace with the man-advantage, tallying 22 assists and 24 points overall on the power play.
Senior forward Tyler Moy took a big step forward in 2016-2017 and helped lead the Harvard men's hockey team to the Frozen Four.