CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- No. 16 Harvard men's ice hockey hits the road this weekend for one game at Union College on Friday night (Jan. 31) at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. Harvard is in search of its first win at Messa Rink since Jan. 22, 2010 (W, 4-1). The Crimson has lost just once in its last six contests (2-1-3), coming off a pair of ties last weekend at Colgate (T, 3-3) and at No. 1/1 Cornell (T, 1-1). Against the Big Red last Saturday night, sophomore forward Jack Drury scored late in the third period (15:55) to take the lead, but the Crimson had to settle for a tie. Harvard outshot Cornell 30-17 on the night.
What to Know
• Harvard is one of the top scoring teams in the nation, with an average of 3.68 goals per game (No. 5, NCAA), and has done so through a balanced scoring effort. Sophomore forward Casey Dornbach leads the team in scoring with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). He is No. 8 in the NCAA in scoring (per game), with 1.32 points per contest. Sophomore forward Jack Drury (13 points in his last seven games) and first-year forward Nick Abruzzese (eight points in his last six games) are red hot for Harvard. Defensemen Reilly Walsh (5-11-16) and Jack Rathbone (4-12-16) are two of the top scoring blueliners in the nation.
• Harvard's power play is No. 1 in the NCAA at 28.6% (20-for-70) on the season. The Crimson has scored at least one power play goal in 15 of 19 games this season. Harvard has been perfect on the penalty kill in nine of 19 games this year as well.
• First-year forward Nick Abruzzese, sophomore forward Casey Dornbach, and sophomore forward Jack Drury are Harvard's nominees for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award. Abruzzese (8-15-23) leads all NCAA freshmen with an average of 1.21 points per game. Dornbach is Harvard's leading scorer (10-15-25) and has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his last 10 games. Drury (11-11-22) is fifth among NCAA scorers with 1.38 points per game and has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last seven games. All three play on Harvard's top forward line.
• After an 0-7 start to the season, the Dutchmen are 6-10-3 in their last 19 games, but are winless in their last six games (0-4-2). Senior forward Anthony Rinaldi (4-13-17) is Union's leading scorer, and junior goaltender Darion Hanson (6-17-3, 2.66, .910) has started all 26 games in net. Union is last in Division I men's hockey in scoring (1.65 goals per game).
• First-year forward Nick Abruzzese (8-15-23) currently leads all NCAA freshmen in scoring (1.21 points per game). He is on pace to near the best freshman season in the Ted Donato era at Harvard, a mark established by Adam Fox (6-34-40) in 2016-17. 1989 Hobey Baker Award winner Lane MacDonald had 52 points (21-31-52) in 32 games in his freshman year (1984-85), a modern record at Harvard.
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Ted Donato '91, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments as head coach at his alma mater. The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed six NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six ECAC Hockey championship games, and coached 11 All-Americans and 15 National Hockey Leaguers. As a player at Harvard he was named the 1989 MVP of the Frozen Four during the Crimson's national title run. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1987, Donato played 796 games over 13 NHL seasons. His career in the NHL commenced after he competed on the 1992 USA Olympic team where he scored four goals and three assists in eight games.
Harvard plays Northeastern in the opening game of the 68th Beanpot at TD Garden in Boston next Monday (Feb. 3) at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast in New England on NESN, nationally on NHL Network, and in Canada on TSN2.