Tales of the Streaking Icemen

The Hockey Notebook

The Harvard men's hockey team is on a hot streak. Several hot streaks actually.

After two weekend wins over Dartmouth, the Crimson has now won six straight games this season.

That's one streak.

Harvard has also won seven straight games played on the 28th day of a month.

That's another.

The Crimson has also disposed of tomorrow's opponent, Colgate, 12 straight times and the Big Green 13 straight. The team is unbeaten in 21 straight at Bright Center, and has never lost a contest in which defenseman Josh Caplan has scored a goal.

There's four more.

Caplan's tally in Friday's Dartmouth game was the second of his two-year Crimson career. It was also his second game-winner. The sophomore was credited with the decisive goal in a 4-2 victory at Princeton last February.

Cream of the Crop: The Crimson is all alone at the top of the ECAC with six wins and 12 points, while St. Lawrence holds onto second place with a 4-0 ECAC record. Following the Saints are Colgate, Yale, Princeton, Clarkson, RPI, Army, Cornell, Vermont, Brown, and Dartmouth, in that order.

On the national scene, third-ranked Harvard is steadily climbing to the top of national polls.

Last year's NCAA runner-up opened the year rated sixth in the country. Now only North Dakota and last season's NCAA Champion, Michigan State, stand between the Crimson and a position at the top of the college hockey heap. Behind Harvard in fourth place is Boston College, which was impressive in a 9-6 win over Boston University Tuesday. Minnesota, Bowling Green, St. Lawrence, Lowell, Lake Superior State, and Maine round out the Top Ten.

Same Time Last Year: With the graduation of Harvard's top two scorers from last year's squad--first line forwards Scott Fusco and Tim Smith--the Crimson expected to spread its scoring burden among several players.

But the scoring on this year's squad has been dominated by the trio of Lane MacDonald, Tim Barakett and Allen Bourbeau. Those three have accounted for 41 percent of the team's points, and 59 percent of its goals. Last year's top three, Fusco, Smith and Barakett, tallied only 34 percent of the points and 41 percent of the goals.

This season's top five scorers have notched 57 percent of the points and 74 percent of the goals, versus 51 percent and 63 percent for last year's top five.

This apparent lack of depth hasn't seemed to hurt the Crimson, however. It has outscored its opponents 34-11 in six victories, while at this stage last year, the 4-1-1 Crimson had only a 35-22 goals-scored advantage.