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No. 9/9 Men’s Ice Hockey Heads to No. 5/5 Michigan For Top Ten Showdown

No. 9/9 Men's Ice Hockey Heads to No. 5/5 Michigan For Top Ten Showdown

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Off to its best start since its NCAA Championship season in 1988-89 (when it started the season 15-0-0), No. 10/11 Harvard men’s ice hockey (7-0-0, 6-0-0 ECAC Hockey) heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on No. 3/3 Michigan (9-5-0, 2-4-1 Big Ten) at Yost Ice Arena. Harvard and Michigan will meet for the first time in 21 years in men’s ice hockey. On Dec. 15, 2001, in Harvard’s only other trip to Ann Arbor, the Crimson earned a 3-3 tie against the Wolverines. The series this weekend will feature two programs that have a combined 27 NHL Draft picks on the roster, the most of any matchup in college hockey this season. 

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Fresh off a trip to the 2022 Frozen Four in Boston, Michigan reloaded its roster with talent, most notably first-year forward Adam Fantilli, who is second in the nation in points per game (1.92), and could be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Michigan features four first round NHL Draft picks on its roster, including forward Mackie Samoskevich (11-9-0), and defenseman Luke Hughes (2-12-14). Michigan returns experience in net in junior goaltender Erik Portillo (8-4-0, 2.99, .900). Both Harvard and Michigan are tops in the nation, averaging 4.1 goals per game.
  • Harvard’s special teams have been a strong point early on this season. Harvard has the No. 5 power play unit in the nation (9-for-31, 29.0%) and the No. 1 penalty killing unit in the nation (22-for-23, 95.3%). Harvard has potted four shorthanded goals (No. 3, NCAA) in its first seven games, with Sean Farrell scoring two of them.
  • Harvard’s defensive play has been a highlight of its first seven games, as the team has not allowed more than two goals in a game, and has the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (1.4 goals allowed per game) early on. Goaltenders Michell Gibson (4-0-0, 1.24, .937), Derek Mullahy (2-0-0, 1.50, .929) and Aku Koskenvuo (1-0-0, 2.00, .913) have all been excellent in net.
  • Sophomore forward Matthew Coronato and junior forward Sean Farrell have combined with first-year forward Joe Miller to form a dynamic top line for the Crimson. Coronato leads Harvard in scoring with 11 points (5-6-11) in seven games, while Farrell has 10 points (4-6-10) in that span and leads the team with a plus-9 rating. Miller leads all Harvard first-years with five points (2-3-5) in seven games.
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