CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Good evening and welcome inside Bright-Landry Hockey Center on the campus of Harvard University where the No. 13 Crimson are set to host rival and No. 18 Cornell for the only time this season.
Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on NESNplus and streamed via the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Ivy League foes are set for their 147th meeting tonight, continuing a series which begun in 1910 and saw the Crimson take a 6-2 win out of Lynah Rink back on Jan. 23. Harvard built a 3-0 lead in the first period of their meeting three weeks ago, with senior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo netting the game-winning goal at 13:50.
Harvard stands two points behind second-place Yale in the ECAC standings with three games remaining after tonight. However, the Crimson would clinch its first Ivy League championship since 2006 with a victory this evening. Cornell is the ECAC's eighth-place team, but fourth-place St. Lawrence is only four points ahead.
The Crimson is coming off a 4-1 win over Union last Saturday night in which freshman Ryan Donato recorded his first collegiate hat trick with a goal in each period. Donato, the reigning ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, has scored four goals in his last three games and ten on the season.
Cornell is just 1-6-3 since Jan. 15 after mustering just one point from its latest weekend set against Brown and Yale. Junior Jeff Kubiak leads the Big Red leads the team with 20 points, including seven goals, and a plus-12 rating. Kubiak has centered freshmen Mitch Vanderlaan and Anthony Angello all season long.
Here are tonight's lines:
BIG RED (12-8-5, 7-7-4)
Mitch Vanderlaan - Jeff Kubiak - Anthony Angello
Alex Rauter - Jared Fiegl - Teemu Tiitinen
Beau Starrett - Eric Freschi - Matt Buckles
Christian Hilbrich - Trevor Yates - Dwyer Tschantz
Brendan Smith - Reece Willcox
Dan Wedman - Alec McCrea
Ryan Bliss - Patrick McCarron
CRIMSON (14-8-3, 10-5-3)
Jimmy Vesey - Alexander Kerfoot - Kyle Criscuolo
Ryan Donato - Luke Esposito - Colin Blackwell
Seb Lloyd - Sean Malone - Tyler Moy
Devin Tringale - Jake Horton - Michael Floodstrand
Desmond Bergin - Clay Anderson
Wiley Sherman - Brayden Jaw
Jacob Olson - Adam Baughman