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Women's Hockey Opens Season at Home Against Ivy League Rivals Yale, Brown

Harvard looks to claim its ninth-straight season-opening win Friday against the Bulldogs (Gil Talbot). 

Game Notes

The Particulars
For the first time in three years, the Harvard women's ice hockey team will open the regular season at home, as it takes on ECAC rivals Yale and Brown at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson has captured two of the last three ECAC regular season championships and placed third in the league last season.

In 2009-10, Harvard compiled a 20-8-5 overall record and advanced to the ECAC semifinal round. The Crimson qualified for its eighth NCAA tournament appearance in program history and also captured its 13th Beanpot title, downing Northeastern, 1-0, at Bright Hockey Center.

Follow From Home
GoCrimson.com will provide live statistics for this weekend's games, all home games and most road contests this season.  Video for both games this weekend will be available via a subscription at GoCrimson.com.

Series History
Brown and Yale represent two of the three teams with which Harvard has the most history, having faced the Bears 71 times and the Bulldogs 68 times. Only Dartmouth (74 games) has graced the Harvard schedule more over the years.

The Crimson owns an impressive 59-7-2 all-time record against Yale, while Katey stone has only lost two games to the bulldogs, compiling a 32-2-1 career mark. Harvard's last loss to Yale came in the 2005-06 season and the Crimson have captured the last 10 meetings between the two teams, including 5-0 and 4-3 wins last season. From 1985-86 to 2004-05, Harvard collected 38-straight wins over Yale, during a 19-year winning streak against its Ancient Eight rival.

Against Brown, Harvard has had success in recent years, having won the last nine meetings and not dropping a game to the Bears since the 2001-02 season. Harvard holds a slight edge in the overall series record (36-30-5) and Stone has gone 23-10-3 against Brown in her career. Last year, Harvard beat Brown by scores of 5-1 and 4-1.

Last Time Out
The Harvard women's hockey team took a 2-1 lead into the third period but allowed a man-up goal late in the game to skate away with a 2-2 tie against McGill, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center.

Senior forward Katharine Chute netted both goals for the Crimson, while freshmen Jackie Young and Lyndsey Fry each had an assist. Josephine Pucci had a helper on Chute's first effort. Laura Bellamy picked up 12 saves in two periods of work while freshman Lauren Joarnt amassed 12 as well.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she brings a 339-144-27 record into Friday's game, the most all-time victories in Division I women's hockey. Stone has led Harvard to all eight of its NCAA tournament appearances and was named the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team in the summer of 2010. 

Crimson Captains
Leading the Crimson will be three senior captains: Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Leanna Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and Liza Ryabkina (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

Preseason Prognostications
The ECAC Hockey coaches picked Harvard third in their preseason poll and voted senior forward Kate Buesser to the preseason all-conference team.

Team (first-place votes)   Points
1. Cornell (11)    121
2. Clarkson (1)   105
3. Harvard           103
4. Quinnipiac      79
5. St. Lawrence 77
6. Princeton        73
7. Rensselaer     70
8. Dartmouth     52
9. Colgate            43
10. Yale    34
11. Brown            24
12. Union             11

New Faces
Seven freshmen will don the crimson, black and white this season. The class of 2014 is comprised of goaltender Lauren Joarnt (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Kalley Armstrong (Maple, Ont.), Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.), Marissa Gedman (Framingham, Mass.), Gina McDonald (New Brighton, Minn.), Elizabeth Parker (Acton, Mass.) and Jackie Young (Medford, Mass.).

Rank And File
Harvard begins the 2010-11 regular season schedule ranked in both national polls. The Crimson is No. 9 in the most recent USCHO.com poll while the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll has Harvard at No. 10.