Crimson staff writer
Aaron B. Shuchman
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.
On the opening weekend of a season marked by high expectations internally and externally, the No. 14 Harvard men’s ice hockey team overcame deficits, penalties, and occasional inconsistency to secure a 2-0 start to the season with come-from-behind wins over the Dartmouth Big Green and the Princeton Tigers at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The end of the Harvard men’s ice hockey season in 2022 was certainly difficult, with a close loss to Minnesota State eliminating the Crimson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. However, senior forward and captain Baker Shore thinks the team’s conference title and tournament appearance can be a stepping stone to much bigger things.
No Harvard male athlete saw more success this year than Nick Abruzzese. From joining the USA squad for the 2022 Beijing Olympics to being named Ivy League Player of the Year to winning the ECAC to signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the junior forward's 2021-22 was special.
Days after the Harvard men’s ice hockey team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Minnesota State, one of the team’s captains made the decision to forgo his senior season in Cambridge and turn professional.
Despite engineering late comebacks and surprising upsets throughout its run to the NCAA tournament, the No.15 Harvard men’s ice hockey team’s season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Regionals Thursday afternoon, as it was unable to erase a three-goal deficit in an eventual 4-3 loss to the No.1 Minnesota State Mavericks. The game was played at MVP Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Mere days after upsetting No. 6 Quinnipiac in the ECAC Tournament championship game, the Harvard men’s ice hockey team is set to take on an even tougher challenge in the Albany Regional’s No. 1 seed Minnesota State Mavericks. The game will be played at 12 pm on March 24 at MVP Arena in Albany, N.Y, and it will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The Harvard men’s hockey team punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in the last seven years on Saturday with an upset 3-2 overtime victory over No. 6/6 Quinnipiac in the ECAC championship game.
In the last weekend before the ECAC playoffs begin, the Harvard Men’s Hockey team was on the road for a back-to-back-to-back set against conference opponents to close out the regular season. Harvard went 2-1 on the weekend, losing to Union 5-3, beating RPI 5-1, and defeating Princeton 3-0. The Crimson finished the regular season with a 17-9-3 record, good for third in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).