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Bentley at Harvard: Pregame Notes and Line Combinations

On the eve of the 131st playing of "The Game" between Harvard and Yale, the Crimson host Bentley on ice for the third straight year at Bright-Landry Hockey Center at 7 p.m. Crimson junior Colin Blackwell was cleared to return to the lineup this afternoon after missing more than a year with post-concussion symptoms.

Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey
Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey
Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome to Bright-Landry Hockey Center where the Crimson open a stretch of three consecutive non-conference contests against in-state foes by welcoming Bentley for the third time in as many years. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.

This evening's game pits Bentley's top-ranked power-play unit (16-for-44, 36.4 percent) which has scored in nine straight games against a 21-for-21 Harvard penalty kill that is the lone perfect unit remaining in the nation. The two teams are also among the nation's top-ten in scoring offense with Bentley fourth (3.64 goals per-game) and Harvard ninth (3.43).

Harvard is coming off a 2-0 win at Dartmouth on Tuesday night, its first road shutout of the Big Green since 1953. Criscuolo and classmate Jimmy Vesey have posted points in each of the first seven games for the Crimson after Vesey scored a goal and Criscuolo assisted on senior Patrick McNally's first-period winner Tuesday.

Crimson junior forward and San Jose prospect Colin Blackwell was cleared to return to the lineup this afternoon after missing more than a year with post-concussion symptoms.

The Falcons are off to a prolific start with junior Andrew Gladiuk and sophomore Max French leading the way, both tied for the national lead with nine goals apiece. Gladiuk was named Atlantic Hockey Co-Player of the Week for the second time this year as he scored a hat trick and the overtime game-winner to clinch a three-point weekend with a 5-4 decision over Mercyhurst.

It's an exciting day on campus as ESPN's "College GameDay" is already set up on the lawn in front of Dillon Fieldhouse just outside the rink. The show is in Massachusetts for just the second time ever, broadcasting before 131st playing of "The Game" between the Crimson and archrival Yale tomorrow morning.

Here are tonight's lines:

FALCONS (5-5-1, 3-2-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Brett Switzer - Max French - Andrew Gladiuk
Will Suter - Derek Bacon - Kyle Schmidt
Vincent Russo - Alex Kubiak - Michael Reardon
Matt Sieckhaus - Tyler Krause - Tyler Deresky

Steve Weinstein - Matt Blomquist
Mike Berry - Matt Maher
Billy Eiserman - Chris Buchanan

Blake Dougherty
Gabe Antoni

CRIMSON (4-1-2, 3-1-2 ECAC Hockey)

Jimmy Vesey - Alexander Kerfoot - Kyle Criscuolo
Brian Hart - Luke Esposito - Colin Blackwell
Seb Lloyd - Tyler Moy - Jake Horton
Devin Tringale - Eddie Ellis - Phil Zielonka

Patrick McNally - Desmond Bergin
Max Everson - Ryan Begoon
Wiley Sherman - Clay Anderson

Steve Michalek
Merrick Madsen