Crimson staff writer
Aaron B. Shuchman
Harvard men’s ice hockey (3-11-3, 3-6-3 ECAC) entered its nearly month-long break on Dec. 2 in an offensive slump, as the squad’s season-long struggle to score saw the Crimson tally only 16 goals in its first nine games.
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Struggling to score is unfamiliar territory for the Harvard men’s ice hockey team. After ranking second or better in the ECAC in goals-per-game in each of the last two seasons, the Crimson ranks last of the 12 teams so far this season, checking in with a 1.78 goals-per-game average. Harvard has been held to one goal or fewer in five of its nine games so far this season.
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After last weekend’s drubbing at the hands of Quinnipiac, Harvard men’s ice hockey head coach Ted Donato said that his team would need to play “markedly better” on the road this weekend if they wanted to be successful against Colgate and Cornell. With a 2-2 tie against Colgate on Friday and an enormous 3-2 victory over Cornell on Saturday at notoriously hostile Lynah Rink, the squad seems to have gotten the message this weekend, and may be starting to round into form.
Before the season, Harvard men’s ice hockey head coach Ted Donato said that it would take time for the Crimson to establish an identity, especially on offense, with so many of its players experiencing college hockey for the first time. Three games into the season, the team is still looking for that identity, as well as its first victory, after a shootout loss to the Princeton Tigers and a blowout loss to the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the defending national champions.
When the Harvard men’s ice hockey team returned to the ice for its first post-pandemic season in the fall of 2021, the team was defined by youth and potential. With the arrival of top recruits in forwards Matt Coronato, Sean Farrell, Alex Laferriere, and Zakary Karpa and defensemen Ian Moore and Jack Bar, the squad was brimming with potential and inexperience.