Men's Ice Hockey
No. 10 Harvard Men's Ice Hockey Beats Cornell 6-2, Stages Late Comeback to Defeat Colgate in Overtime
The No. 10 Harvard men’s ice hockey team has battled inconsistency throughout its 2022-2023 campaign, with periods of brilliance and resilience late in games occasionally overshadowed by sloppy play and penalties that force the team to chase the game. However, after an up-and-down Friday night overtime victory over the Colgate Raiders, the Crimson responded with their most complete victory of the season on Saturday in a 6-2 domination of the archrival Cornell Big Red, a critical stepping stone as Harvard enters the most challenging stretch of its campaign.
The Harvard men’s ice hockey team faces a daunting schedule in the coming weeks, with home games against No. 16 Cornell and No. 1 Quinnipiac preceding the first round of the Beanpot Tournament against No. 18 Boston College. Despite returning key players to the lineup in the past few weeks, including senior forward and captain John Farinacci, the Crimson is still searching for consistency as it looks to move past a mixed winter break and hit its stride through a challenging schedule.
No. 7/9 Men’s Ice Hockey Defeats Cornell in OT Thriller Before Falling to Colgate in Back-and-Forth Affair
Playing at Lynah Rink is not for the faint-hearted. With the Cornell Big Red’s passionate fans, a cowbell in the student section, and the famous pregame fish toss, it has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the toughest places to play in college hockey. That makes a victory there all the more special.
After starting the season 7-0-0 for the program’s best start in over 30 years, the No. 9 Harvard men’s ice hockey team knew its stiffest test of the campaign thus far awaited them in a Thanksgiving weekend series on the road against the No. 5 Michigan Wolverines. Loaded with top NHL prospects Luke Hughes, Mackie Samoskevich, and Adam Fantilli, Michigan is among the favorites to win the national title this season. In two highly competitive games at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wolverines and the Crimson battled to a 4-4 draw on Friday night before Michigan pulled away late on Saturday night to hand Harvard a 4-1 defeat, their first of the year.
The last time the Harvard men’s ice hockey team started a season 7-0-0, head coach Ted Donato was a forward starring for the Crimson on a team that went on to win the only national championship in program history.
Despite starting the season 3-0 going into a rivalry game against the Yale Bulldogs on Saturday, head coach Ted Donato thought that the No. 15 Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey team had only played “spurts of good hockey,” including Friday’s 5-2 triumph over Brown. However, after soundly defeating the Bulldogs 4-0, Donato saw signs that the team is starting to round into top form.