Ryan Donato did not seem to care whether he was sporting the crimson, the stars and stripes, or the black and gold “B”—he excelled at all levels of hockey and did so with his typical unassuming demeanor.
Tri-captain goaltender Merrick Madsen of the Harvard men’s hockey team has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes organization of the National Hockey League, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
On Friday night, the No. 4 seed Crimson will battle No. 3 seed Clarkson for a spot in the conference final the following evening. To punch its ticket to the 16-team nationwide tournament for a fourth straight season, Harvard all but needs an ECAC crown.
The Crimson skated by Dartmouth, 4-2, in game three of the ECAC quarterfinals thanks to a hat trick from junior forward Ryan Donato. The team moves on to face No. 10/8 Clarkson in the semifinal round, hosted in Lake Placid, N.Y.
With a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence in Sunday’s matinee, Dartmouth advanced to the quarterfinals of the ECAC Championship where it will clash with the Crimson in a best-of-three series for a spot in Lake Placid's semifinals.
On Saturday night, someone quite new to the historic Harvard-Yale rivalry helped define its latest chapter. Freshman forward Kevin O’Neil potted both goals for the Bulldogs, powering his Elis to a 2-1 victory.
Harvard must play out its final weekend of regular season action against two hungry rivals still jockeying for position in the conference standings. Tonight, the Crimson battle Brown looking to complete the season sweep.
On Saturday, the Harvard men’s hockey team honored its seven seniors for their contributions to the program over the last four years. But in the Crimson’s 5-2 victory over No. 7/3 Clarkson, it was the underclassmen who carried the way.
The Crimson (10-10-4, 9-6-3 ECAC) now turns its attention to Boston College (14-12-3, 14-6-0 Hockey East) as the team vies to stay above the .500 mark. Harvard played a portion of its fall schedule in sub-.500 territory and wants nothing less than to return there.