Crimson staff writer
Spencer R. Morris
Spencer is a member of the 145th and 146th guards. He has covered the men's hockey team since January of 2017.
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With a 3-1 victory over Princeton and a 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac this weekend, the Crimson nabbed three out of four possible ECAC points and remains without a loss in 2018.
Harvard carried play for much of the game and outshot the Engineers, 41-27, but the teams skated to an even 2-2 score after 65 minutes of hockey. The ECAC foes traded scores in the first 40 minutes of play and entered the third frame even at one. In the final third of regulation, each team lit the lamp en route to a stalemate.
Two players from the Harvard hockey program will represent the United States in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, USA Hockey announced at the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic on Monday. Junior forward Ryan Donato received this distinct honor, as well as former Crimson blue-liner Noah Welch ’05.
After a four-week hiatus for final exams and the holidays, the Crimson icemen were back in action this weekend, squaring off against UMass-Lowell and Vermont in the Catamount Cup. Harvard split the two games, falling to the River Hawks on Friday but nabbing a victory over the Catamounts the following evening.
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.
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.
While most students were recuperating from Thanksgiving dinner, players on the Harvard men’s hockey team were not afforded as much time to recover from the turkey-induced coma. Instead, the Crimson played its fifth straight away game at nearby Boston College, where it nabbed its first standings point since November 4th in a 4-4 draw with the No. 14/13 Eagles on Friday.
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.
Preview: Men's Hockey Prepares for Stingy Goaltending, Intense Atmospheres, and Flying Fish in First Road Weekend of Season
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.