LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- For the ninth time in program history, Harvard raised the Whitelaw Cup as the ECAC Hockey tournament champion after defeating Colgate 4-2 in the title game Saturday at the 1980 Rink in Herb Brooks Arena. The win earns Harvard the ECAC's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
With nine titles, Harvard has the second most in ECAC Hockey history, trailing only Cornell's 12. The championship is the first since 2006 for the Crimson and with the automatic bid in hand, Harvard will be making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament next weekend.
In 11 seasons as head coach of the Crimson, Ted Donato has led Harvard to five tournament championship games and two victories.
Following the tournament, ECAC Hockey announced that junior forward Jimmy Vesey was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Joining him on the all-tournament team was defenseman Patrick McNally and goaltender Steve Michalek.
With two goals in the game, Jimmy Vesey improved his season total to 31. He is the first player to score at least 30 goals in single season since Mike Vukonich (32) in 1990-91 and joins Tim Smith (1984-85) and Lane MacDonald (1988-89) at 10th in the Crimson record books. Vesey also set a new ECAC Hockey tournament record with nine goals this post-season, eclipsing Doug Marrett's (Cornell) eight set in 1973.
Steve Michalek made 30 saves against Colgate to become just the second Harvard goalie to record more than 1,000 stops in a season. He'll enter the NCAA tournament with 1,004, just 17 shy of the Harvard record. His 21 wins moves him into a tie for second most in a season with James Bailey, who went 21-5 in 1956-57.
McNally finished the ECAC playoffs with five points on two goals and three assists, including a goal and two helpers Saturday.