Friday, March 1, 2013

Harvard Hockey Seniors and ECAC All-Name Team

We here at WHRB would love to break down men's hockey playoff scenarios for you. The problem is that it's impossible - Harvard could still potentially face nine of the eleven other ECAC teams after what happens this weekend, with only Quinnipiac and Colgate eliminated. The picture will be clearer after tonight's game against the Bobcats, and we will update this blog appropriately.

In the meantime, we have a silly segment and an incredibly important segment.

WHRB is proud to present our first all-ECAC Hockey Names team. These guys provide the subtle moments that make a radio broadcaster's life that much sweeter.

Clinton Bourbonais, F, Yale
Tommy Thompson, F, St. Lawrence
Bryce van Brabant, F, Quinnipiac
Nick D'Agostino, D, Cornell
Sam Labrecque, D, Clarkson
Cab Morris, G, Dartmouth

On a more serious note, six Harvard seniors will play their last game at the Bright this Saturday against Princeton, as Harvard is guaranteed to spend the entirety of the ECAC playoffs on the road. We congratulate the following on great careers in a Crimson sweater:

Conor Morrison

Number thirty-eight in your program, number one in your hearts, Morrison has been one of Harvard’s top energy guys since he arrived on campus. Never shy to make contact despite often being the smallest player on the ice, Morrison could turn any line into one of Harvard’s defensive best. He seemed to save his best performances for cross-town rivals Boston University, scoring four goals against the Terriers in November of his freshman year and the overtime game-winner this January. He enters the weekend with an even 100 games played for Harvard, netting 18 goals and 27 assists.

Luke Greiner

After recording 10 points in 57 games as a freshman and sophomore, Greiner has developed into one of Harvard’s most consistent two-way threats over the last few seasons. Another small forward who hits well above his weight, he is one of Coach Donato’s most-trusted players in any game situation, from the penalty kill to the third-period defensive zone draw. In his 114th career game earlier this month, Greiner recorded his first career hat trick against Boston University. He goes into the weekend with 19 goals and 19 assists in 118 career games.

Alex Fallstrom

In early 2010, Fallstorm suffered an injury against Clarkson that caused him to miss ten games. The Crimson, 11-12-1 that year with Fallstrom on the ice, promptly lost nine of those games. That fact alone can sum up Swede’s importance to Harvard hockey. Blessed with some of the best offensive talent on the team, Fallstrom has the ability to completely dominate entire games, as he showed against Cornell earlier this year. A top line player for the past three years, his partnership with Alex Killorn and classmate Marshall Everson was one of the most dangerous in the country. Now, he is regaining form right before the playoffs, riding a career-high six game point streak into the weekend. Fallstrom has recorded 30 goals and 36 assists in 108 career contests.

Marshall Everson

A classic power forward, Everson flashed a bit of scoring touch in his first two years before breaking out last year as one of the Crimson’s top offensive options. The big man’s has soft hands and knack for finding open spaces below the circles, a combination that makes him one of the best finishers in recent Harvard history. When he gets hot, he is unstoppable. Four straight multipoint games last January, and points in eight of nine, drove the Crimson’s run to a playoff bye, and just this past month he scored in five straight. Once again leading the team in goals, Everson has 31 goals and 31 assists in 114 career games.

Brendan Rempel

With the Harvard blueline core decimated this year, Rempel has become a stalwart second pairing defenseman and played big minutes for Coach Donato. A huge hitter and a leader on the ice, Rempel is always the first to throw his body against the boards or come in defense of a teammate in a scrum after the whistle. After being limited by injuries in previous years, Rempel has skated in all but two games this year, and notched his first career goal – a game-winner – against Brown in November. He also has 10 assists in 76 career games.

Danny Biega

The 120th captain in Harvard men’s hockey history, Biega has been showered in accolades and superlatives for the duration of his college career. He has deserved every single one. The Hurricanes prospect dominates both ends of the ice with his superb vision and skating, and no other player has been as critical to the Crimson’s success in Biega’s time. He is so consistent, and so irreplaceable, that you might even argue that the first team ECAC All-Hockey, two-time All-Ivy, and CCM Hockey All-American is underrated. Biega’s best performances are too many to list here, and his absence will be felt next year in a big way. He enters the weekend as Harvard’s leading active scorer, with 28 goals and 56 assists in 127 games.

Harvard men's hockey is off the air tonight, as WHRB Sports brings you men's basketball at Princeton. Hockey returns tomorrow night, hosting the Tigers at 6:45 pm. 

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