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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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.
Harvard’s 2017-2018 leadership group marks the 128th, 129th, and 130th captaincies since varsity hockey’s inception at the school. Madsen, set to don the crimson “C” from the crease, is the first Crimson goaltender to captain a team since the 1979-80 season saw John Hynes ’80 do so.
Ryan Donato earned his 21st goal of the season in Harvard's 3-2 tournament win over Air Force on Saturday. And so did Tyler Moy, whose second-period score penetrated the nation's top penalty-killing unit.
Since Harvard’s NCAA Championship season in 1989, the Crimson had won just a single tournament game. But Donato, the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament during the ’89 run, captured an elusive Division I playoff win in his fifth attempt behind the Harvard bench Friday.
Now, for the third straight year and the fifth time under coach Ted Donato ’91, it’s NCAA tournament time for the Crimson with the ultimate prize on the line—a national championship. But just 60 minutes of hockey could put an abrupt end to Harvard’s memorable ride.
On Friday, the Crimson will travel to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. to face off against No. 12/12 Providence College, as released by the NCAA on Sunday. The puck will drop at 4:00 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Historic rivals Harvard and Yale will play games 255, 256, and—if needed—257 of their all-time series in what will be their fourth ECAC playoff series over the past six seasons.
The Harvard icemen, already owners of a 2017 Beanpot championship and an Ivy League title, may need a new shelf on their trophy case after this regular season.
One year after Clarkson swept Harvard in the schools’ two-game season series, the Crimson set the record straight Friday night with its second win of the season over the Green and Gold—a 4-1 triumph at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.