Crimson staff writer
Stuti R. Telidevara
Stuti R. Telidevara '20 is the Blog Chair for the 145th Guard, and has covered men's hockey since January 2018. She is an English concentrator living in Cabot House.
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Fresh off an overtime victory in the Beanpot consolation game, the Harvard men's hockey team returns to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center for its final weekend in Cambridge this regular season.
En route to a 5-0 victory against St. Lawrence (7-22-2, 3-15-1 ECAC), the Crimson (12-10-4, 10-6-3) saw the blue line power four of its goals, as sophomore Adam Fox (3–1—4) recorded his first career hat trick. Behind him was another first, as junior goaltender Michael Lackey notched his first-ever shutout.
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.
The 5-4 overtime win for Harvard marks the first time the Crimson have bested the No. 19/15 Eagles in the Beanpot since 1998—a matchup that also ended 5-4 in Harvard’s favor after some extra hockey.
Down in the third period, the Harvard men’s hockey team turned up the heat at Union. But despite the Crimson’s efforts—and the play of junior net-minder Michael Lackey, who kept the Dutchmen at bay—the comeback attempt fell short on Friday night. The Dutchmen held off Harvard for a 3-1 win, handing the Crimson its fourth loss in five games and sending the team back to .500.
Harvard hockey star Ryan Donato will officially represent team U.S.A. in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games—marking the next chapter in a life dedicated to hockey.
For Harvard, the loss does not so much raise questions about Madsen’s performance in net, who stood tall (.928%) despite falling back to a .500 win percentage on the season. The team must instead confront a string of offensive issues that it began to fix over the weekend at Dartmouth.
The Harvard men's hockey team squares off against Boston University in a rematch of last year's tournament finale.
Friday night, the Crimson skated to a 4-1 win over Dartmouth, although relief—rather than excitement—seemed to be the tone of the triumph. After Harvard failed to score in two contests last weekend, the team’s offense began the road to recovery in Hanover, N.H.
Harvard will begin the road back to the Beanpot title by once again squaring off against the Terriers on Monday. Before the tournament gets underway, here is a look at the other three contenders heading into the first week of games.
Harvard threw shot after shot at the Raiders’ net, only to be held off the scoresheet entirely in a disappointing 2-0 loss. For his part, Point hit a new career best of 51 saves on the night to loud applause from visiting fans. But the Crimson won’t give all the credit to a hot goalie after going scoreless on the weekend.
In a game with multiple momentum shifts and an audience that only got more boisterous, the Crimson put away the 4-3 win in overtime, and returned from its annual weekend in the North Country with three of four points.
Facing its highest-ranked opponent yet in a mid-week matchup, Harvard women’s hockey fell to No. 2/3 Boston College on the Eagles’ home ice. The Crimson has now lost all three of its games against top-10 teams in the past five days, having been outscored 16-8.
Finishing up the second half of a road trip, Harvard women’s hockey headed to Ithaca, N.Y., to face old foes No. 6/6 Cornell. Several things were on the line for the Crimson: remaining undefeated in Ivy League play, and snapping a two-game losing skid.