Team Notes: Harvard Looks to Spoil No. 3 Yale's Home Record

Photo by Jim Rosvold
Photo by Jim Rosvold

Game On
The Harvard men's hockey looks to hand No. 3 Yale its first home loss as the Ivy League rivals face off Friday for the second time in 2010-11 and the 233rd time overall. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.

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Behind the Bench
Former Crimson captain, NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player and 13-year National Hockey League veteran Ted Donato '91 is in his seventh season as The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. He owns a 95-105-20 record, three ECAC title-game appearances and two NCAA tournament bids.

Last Weekend
Danny Biega (Montreal, Que.) hat trick led the Crimson (4-16-0, 3-12 ECAC Hockey, 0-6-0 Ivy League) to a 6-2 home win against Colgate Friday night. Harvard scored twice in each period and once in the final minute of each frame.

Five other players recorded multiple points and Ryan Carroll (Hackensack, N.J.) logged 27 saves for Harvard, which took control with four straight goals after Colgate scored first. Alex Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden), Alex Killorn  (Montreal, Que.) and Conor Morrison (London, Ont.) also scored. Chris Huxley(Weymouth, Mass.) had three assists.

Goaltender Andy Iles made 33 saves as Cornell survived with a 2-1 win Saturday. Iles stopped Harvard's last 22 shots after Fallstrom scored to tie the game in the first period. The Big Red withstood three Harvard power plays in the third period. The Crimson outshot Cornell, 11-3 in the third period and 34-20 overall.

Delay of Game
Harvard's game scheduled for Wednesday night at Brown was postponed due to heavy snow in the Northeast. It will be made up Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Leading the Crimson
Alex Killorn's highlight-reel goal against Colgate was his team-leading seventh tally of the season. Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) registered two assists against the Raiders. Biega leads Harvard with 10 helpers and, with 16 points, shares the team scoring lead with Killorn.

Offensive Behavior
Harvard's six goals Friday were one more than it had totaled in its previous four games and two more than it had scored in any game this season. The Crimson had not registered six goals in a game since blowing out Quinnipiac, 11-0, to open an ECAC quarterfinal series March 14, 2008.

Special Forces
Harvard killed all three of Colgate's power plays Friday and Cornell's first man-advantage chance Saturday to extend its streak of successful penalty kills to 20. The Big Red, however, scored a power-play goal to end the Crimson's streak. Cornell also held Harvard scoreless on its own four power plays to snap the Crimson's run of three straight games with a power-play tally.

Busy Crimson
Harvard is in the midst of stretches of four games in 11 days and seven games in 20 days. Only two of those seven games were at home.

Close Calls
Harvard has lost seven games by a single goal and another game by two goals with one coming on an empty net. Four of the Crimson's last six league games have been one-goal losses.

Hall of Famer
Bob McManama '73 will be Harvard's 10th inductee to the Beanpot Hall of Fame when he is honored between semifinal games of the 59th annual tournament Monday. McManama totaled eight points on three goals and five assists in six Beanpot games, including two final appearances.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Then-No. 1 Yale (17-4-0, 11-3-0, 5-1-0) suffered a weekend sweep on its visit to New York's Capital District last weekend, falling to No. 13 Union, 3-2, and No. 10 Rensselaer, 5-2. The losses were the Bulldogs' second and third in the last five games following a 15-1-0 start. Yale, however, still ranks first in the PairWise ranking and leads the nation in scoring offense (4.52 goals per game) and scoring margin (+2.29 goals per game). The Bulldogs are 12-0-0 at home.

Broc Little leads the Bulldogs with 13 goals and shares the team lead with 27 points, alongside Brian O'Neill (12-15-27) and assists leader Andrew Miller (5-22-27). Ryan Rondeau has posted a 16-3-0 record with a .924 and 2.02 goals-against average.

Inspiration for Innovation
The Harvard-Yale rivalry was the impetus for one of the great innovations in hockey history. In their March 7, 1923 game against Yale, Harvard coach William H. Claflin '15 and captain George Owen '23 implemented the practice of changing entire lines of three forwards at a time. The tactic, which became known as the line change, helped the Crimson defeat the Bulldogs, 2-1, in overtime.

Jan. 8 at Bright Hockey Center
No. 1 Yale scored twice on power plays to defeat Harvard, 4-2, in front of a sellout crowd. Danny Biega scored both Crimson goals, cutting Yale leads to 2-1 in the second period and 4-2 in the third. Carroll made 35 saves, as the Bulldogs held a 39-31 advantage in shots.

Harvard vs. Yale Series History
Harvard leads the all-time series, 137-76-19. The teams first met Feb. 26, 1900, a 5-4 Elis win in New York City. In 1913, six weeks after voting to make hockey a "major sport," the Harvard Athletic Committee voted to award a varsity letter to any Harvard player who had ever skated against Yale.

Ryan Carroll made 35 saves and Ryan Grimshaw (Rochester, N.Y.) had two assists in a 3-2 home win last season. Yale came out on top when the squads reconvened Feb. 6 at Ingalls Rink, pulling away to a 6-3 win with four third-period goals. A different player scored each of the game's nine goals, and Carroll made 41 saves.

College Classics
The 111-year-old Harvard-Yale rivalry is one of college hockey's oldest and tied as its 11th-most-contested. Only two pairs of Eastern rivals have faced off more often. Here are the top 25 rivalries in terms of games played:

284   Michigan-Michigan State
282   Minnesota-North Dakota
277   Colorado College-Denver
257   Michigan-Minnesota
261   Michigan Tech-Minnesota
256   Minnesota-Wisconsin
254   Denver-North Dakota
253   Boston College-Boston University
249   Colorado College-Minnesota
237   Michigan Tech-North Dakota
232   Harvard-Yale
221   Colorado College-North Dakota
218   Michigan-Michigan Tech
216   Boston College-Northeastern
216   Michigan Tech-Minnesota Duluth
214   Minnesota-Minnesota Duluth
211   Denver-Michigan Tech
209   Minnesota Duluth-North Dakota
207   Boston University-Northeastern
195   Dartmouth-Yale
192   Dartmouth-Harvard
188   Dartmouth-Princeton
186   Clarkson-St. Lawrence

Top of the [Blue] Line
Danny Biega leads all defensemen and ranks ninth among all skaters with six goals in ECAC Hockey play. He has totaled 14 points in league games to tie Rensselaer's Nick Bailen (5-9-14) for the league lead in defenseman scoring. Biega is tied for seventh in league scoring among all players.

With six goals and nine assists overall, Biega averages 0.75 points per game, tying him for 15th nationally among defensemen.

Hat Trick Fact
Danny Biega became the first Harvard defenseman to record a hat trick since current New York Islander Dylan Reese '07 scored three times in a 5-2 home win against Yale March 2, 2007 in the opening game of the ECAC playoffs.

Career Highs
In addition to Danny Biega's career highs for points and goals against Colgate, Chris Huxley set career bests with three assists and three points, and Marshall Everson (Edina, Minn.) registered his first two-assist game. Conor Morrison and Michael Biega (Montreal, Que.) matched their career highs in assists with two each.

On the Board
John Caldwell (Charlestown, Mass.) assisted on Alex Fallstrom's goal against Colgate for his first collegiate point.