With Beanpot Title in Hand, No. 5 Women's Hockey Travels to Capital District

Harvard Women's Hockey Shows its Appreciation to the Fans
Harvard Women's Hockey Shows its Appreciation to the Fans

Photo courtesy of Kevin Burns Photography.

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Harvard Wins 13th Beanpot Title
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The Particulars
After capturing the 13th Beanpot title in program history, the fifth-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team looks to continue its six-game winning streak, as the squad visits Rensselaer and Union in ECAC Hockey road games. Harvard currently sits in third place in the conference standings, only two points behind Cornell and five back of Clarkson with four games remaining.

Beanpot Returns To Cambridge
The Crimson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over No. 9 Northeastern at Bright Hockey Center Tuesday, as Harvard captured its 13th Beanpot title. Liza Ryabkina netted the game-winner, giving her five goals for the tournament and was named unanimously as the Beanpot MVP. In net, Laura Bellamy recorded her second straight tournament shutout, making 27 saves. For her effort, Bellamy took home the Bertagna Award, given to the Beanpot’s top goaltender.

Series History
Harvard and Rensselaer have met eight times prior to Friday night’s matchup, with the Crimson holding a 5-2-1 advantage in the series. The Engineers have won the last two games between the schools, most recently a 4-2 victory over Harvard at Bright Hockey Center Jan. 23. Cori Bassett and Kate Buesser each scored a goal for the Crimson, while Laura Bellamy posted a 25-save effort.

The Crimson has won each of the 13 previous games against the Dutchwomen, including a 5-0 win at Bright Jan. 22. Liza Ryabkina notched two goals, while Leanna Coskren and Jillian Dempsey each lit the lamp once. Bellamy stopped 13 shots to pick up a shutout.

Last Time Out
Prior to winning the Beanpot Tuesday, Harvard completed a two-game sweep of Ivy League and ECAC Hockey rivals Brown and Yale, by holding off the Bulldogs, 4-3, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. For the second straight game, four different Harvard players found the back of the net, as the Crimson netted three power-play goals in Harvard’s fifth straight victory. Laura Bellamy continued her dominant play between the pipes, stopping 15 of 16 shots she faced.

Legendary: Head Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 16th season as the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, and she brings a 335-141-26 (.693) record into Tuesday’s game. Stone is now only two wins shy of tying the all-time Division I record for victories, held by Laura Halldorson (337 wins).

Stone, who ranks second all-time in Division I victories, has led Harvard to all seven of its NCAA tournament appearances and has guided the Crimson to 10 Beanpot titles. Stone is also the active leader in victories among Division I women’s hockey coaches.

Down The Stretch
With four conference games remaining entering the weekend, Harvard sits in third place in ECAC Hockey with a 11-5-2 record and 24 points. The Crimson stands one point ahead of St. Lawrence (23 points) and two points in front of both Quinnipiac and Rensselaer (22 points). Harvard only trails Clarkson (29 points) and Cornell (26 points) for first in the conference.

Clean Sheets
With its 1-0 win over Northeastern in the Beanpot final Feb. 9, Harvard now has recorded seven shutouts this season. Laura Bellamy has earned three clean sheets, as she also shut down Union Jan. 22 and Boston College Feb. 2. Six of the Crimson’s seven shutouts have come at Bright Hockey Center. Senior Christina Kessler has recorded 25 shutouts during her career at Harvard, a program record.

It’s All Over
Harvard is 108-1-5 (.969) since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods. The Crimson is 14-0-1 (.967) in this category this season.

Road Warriors
The Crimson has played seven road games this season, going 4-2-1. Harvard has four road games left in the regular season, beginning with the contest at Rensselaer Feb. 12.

License to Kill
The Crimson boasts the nation’s fifth-best penalty kill unit, stopping 91 of 101 opponent power plays (.901). The Crimson also has a shorthanded goal to its credit this season, coming off the stick of Jillian Dempsey in a 4-0 win over Union Jan. 22.

Crimson Leading The League
Kate Buesser is tied for an ECAC Hockey-best 28 points in league games and also stands first in assists with 18. Buesser is also tied for fourth with 10 goals in ECAC Hockey contests. Rookie Jillian Dempsey (9-11-20) ranks fourth in conference points among all players and first among freshmen in the league. Defender Leanna Coskren is tied for fourth with eight power-play points (4-4-8) in ECAC Hockey contests. Coskren is also tied for first with three game-winning goals and tied for third with three power-play goals to her credit. Cori Bassett, meanwhile, stands third in defender scoring with 15 points on four goals and 11 assists. Coskren ranks fourth among defenders with 11 points (6-7-13).

Buesser is also the Ivy League leader with 16 points (5-11-16) in Ancient Eight games, while Bassett is tied for first among defenders with nine points (2-7-9). Dempsey has been the league’s most prolific freshman, leading the way with 12 points (6-6-12).

The World’s Best
A trio of former Harvard standout skaters have been named to the 2010 U.S. Women’s National Team, which will compete at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, the Patty Kazmaier recipient in 2004, Julie Chu ’06-07, the winner of the Patty Kazmaier trophy in 2007, and former All-American Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 were named to the American team. On Team Canada, Harvard will be represented by two-time Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, and Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09, who was named the top women’s college hockey player in 2008. Overall, Harvard has had nine current and former women’s hockey players represent their countries in the Olympics since 1996.

When The Game Is On The Line
Nine different Harvard players have scored a game-winning goal this season -- Kaitlin Spurling, Liza Ryabkina, Jillian Dempsey, Leanna Coskren, Anna McDonald, Cori Bassett, Kathryn Farni, Kate Buesser and Randi Griffin. Ryabkina has a team-best four game-winning tallies, while Coskren leads ECAC Hockey with three game winners in conference games.

Scoring In A Bunch
As a team, Harvard ranks second in ECAC Hockey with 3.33 goals per game, having scored a league-best 60 tallies in 18 conference games entering the week. The Crimson is averaging 3.60 goals per contest in Ivy League games, good for first in the Ancient Eight.

A Balanced Attack
The Crimson has had 14 different players score at least one goal this year, as the team has netted a total of 72 goals. Sixteen players have at least one point to their credit. Harvard had 15 different players light the lamp last season, scoring a total of 95 goals.

Hot Hand
Liza Ryabkina established a new career high, scoring four goals, including three in the third period alone, in Harvard’s 5-0 win over Boston College in the semifinal round of the Beanpot Feb. 2. Ryabkina, who also had the game winner in the Beanpot final Feb. 9, notched two power-play tallies and scored two even strength goals. Her four goals mark the most for a Harvard player since Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09 lit the lamp four times in a 5-2 win at Cornell Feb. 13, 2009.

First Thing’s First
The Crimson was 18-0-2 when scoring first and 1-10-1 when the opponent lit the lamp first last season. So far in 2009-10, Harvard is 14-1-2 when netting the game’s first goal and 2-4-2 when the opposition scores first.

Spreading The Puck Around
The Crimson has 11 players who have reached double digits in points: Kate Buesser (31 points), Jillian Dempsey (22), Liza Ryabkina (17), Cori Bassett (16), Leanna Coskren (14), Kathryn Farni (13), Randi Griffin (13), Anna McDonald (12), Kaitlin Spurling (10), Katharine Chute (10) and Josephine Pucci (10).

Just Win, Christina!
Senior goaltender Christina Kessler is 64-16-6 (.779) in her career in net, placing her first on Harvard’s all-time goalie wins, as she passed Ali Boe ’06 with a 5-1 victory against Colgate Jan. 16. Kessler currently holds the NCAA career record with a .9413 save percentage, as she has stopped 1,863 of 1,979 shots faced during her career. Jessie Vetter (Wisconsin 2006-09) owned a .941 save percentage to set the record (2,175 of 2,312, .9407).

Harvard Against The Ivy League
The Crimson owns a 6-2-2 against opponents from the Ancient Eight this season. In its last eight games against Ivy League teams, Harvard is 6-0-2, most recently defeating Yale, 4-3, Feb. 6 The Crimson is tied with Cornell for first place in the Ivy League with 14 points. Cornell has two games remaining against Brown and Yale. If the Big Red drops both games, Harvard will earn a share of the Ivy League title.

To Be The Best ...
With its 1-0 win over No. 9 Northeastern Feb. 2, the Crimson stands at 5-2-3 against ranked foes this year. Harvard was 2-6-1 against top 10 opponents last season.

Stopping The Puck
Since stepping into the starting role, goaltender Laura Bellamy stands second in the country with a 1.09 goals-against average, while boasting the nation’s third-best save percentage (196 of 207, .947). She owns a 7-2-1 record good for a winning percentage of .750, the fifth highest mark in the country. Christina Kessler ranks third with a save percentage of .944 (351 of 372) and stands fourth with a 1.39 goals-against average.

Hall of Fame Inductee
Former Harvard standout Tammy Shewchuk ’00-01 was inducted into the Women’s Beanpot Hall of Fame during a ceremony between the consolation and championship games at Bright Hockey Center Feb. 9. Shewchuk is second all-time in Women’s Beanpot history with 25 points in eight games, having scored nine goals and handed out 16 assists. She helped Harvard win three Beanpots in 1999, 2000 and ’01. Other Crimson Beanpot Hall of Fame Inductees include Jennifer Botterill ’02-03 (2008) and Cheryl Tate ’82 (2009).

Welcome To The Show
Harvard freshmen have had the scoring touch this season, led by Jillian Dempsey who is second on the team with nine goals, 13 assists and 22 points. Josephine Pucci (4-6-10) and Kaitlin Spurling (7-3-10) have also been scoring threats. Spurling is also second on the team with three game-winning goals.

Storied Program
With its 3-0 victory over St. Lawrence Nov. 7, Harvard earned the 500th victory in program history. The Crimson owns a 514-292-42 (.631)record over its storied 31-year history.

A Stone Wall
The Crimson earned back-to-back shutouts against Minnesota Dec. 4-5, marking the first time that the Golden Gophers were held scoreless since Feb. 2, 2007. The Crimson had not recorded consecutive shutouts since holding Cornell without a goal during the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals Feb. 27-28, 2009.

Bright Spot
The Crimson was 9-4-2 at Bright Hockey Center last season, while posting a 9-5-1 mark on the road. In 18 home games this season, Harvard owns a 12-3-3 record on home ice, and is 4-2-1 in road contests.

Hot Streak
Entering Friday’s game at Rensselaer, Harvard has won six straight games and is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

Red Lights
Harvard ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 1.40 goals per game. The Crimson also ranks fourth in scoring margin (+1.48), fifth on the penalty kill (91 of 101, .901), 10th in scoring offense (2.88 goals scored per game), 11th in combined special teams (110 of 216, .509) and 15th on the power play (19 of 115, .165).

Rank And File
Harvard is ranked fifth in the latest national poll and fifth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national poll, tying the highest the program has been ranked this year.

Crimson Among The Nation’s Best
With 0.80 assists per game, Kate Buesser ranks eighth in the nation in this category. Buesser also stands 16th with 1.24 points per contest. At the blue line, Cori Bassett is averaging 0.64points per game, placing her 13th. Among all of the country’s rookies, Jillian Dempsey stands eighth with 0.88 points per contest.