by Roger Wistar
Wiley Sherman '14 and the Harvard men's ice hockey team have picked the right time of the season to get hot, and now they are two games away from a national championship.
The Crimson (27-5-2) beat Air Force 3-2 on Saturday, booking the school its first berth in the Frozen Four in nearly 25 years, where they will face off against Minnesota-Duluth (25-6-7) in the first semifinal on Thursday, Apr. 6.
Each team was the top seed in its four-team bracket. The other semifinal will feature top overall seed Denver (29-7-4) against upstart Notre Dame (21-11-5), who had been the lowest-ranked team in its region.
Harvard is riding a hot streak entering this year's postseason, setting program records for both longest unbeaten streak (18 games) and longest winning streak (16 games). The team's last loss came more than two months ago on Jan. 14 against Dartmouth.
In the course of the streak, the Crimson charged to another ECAC title, defeating Yale twice, Quinnipiac, and finally Cornell to earn the championship.
Along the way, Sherman has played in all 35 games on defense, posting an overall rating of +19. He has also notched 13 assists, including helpers in both the victory over Cornell in the ECAC finals and the most recent win over Air Force.
Sherman was a four-year varsity athlete at Hotchkiss in both ice hockey and lacrosse, serving as captain of both teams in his Senior year. He earned the Edward F. III '41 and Phelps H. Swift '44 Award for ice hockey and the James T. Bryan '11 award for overall athletic excellence.