St. Lawrence, Clarkson Represent Key League Matchups for Women's Hockey
Kate Buesser (left) and Katharine Chute (right) are tied for the team lead with 11 points apiece (Gil Talbot).
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The Crimson opens up its 2011 home slate with a pair of league contests, facing St. Lawrence Friday night and Clarkson Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. Both the Saints and Golden Knights are coming off a pair of home league losses last weekend.
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While St. Lawrence has proved to be a tough opponent for the Crimson through the years, Harvard holds the edge in the all-time series with a 28-11-5 mark. Harvard has been the dominate team as of late, picking up six wins in the last seven match-ups between the two teams. Last season, Harvard blanked St. Lawrence, 3-0, at Bright in November and tallied two third-period goals to sink the Saints, 2-1, in Canton, N.Y., in February.
Despite some recent struggles against Clarkson, Harvard maintains a 13-5-1 lead in the all-time series, dating back to the 2004-05 season. Harvard won six of the first seven meetings between the two teams, recording four shutouts in that stretch. Last season, Clarkson didn't drop a game to Harvard, winning 2-1 in the first meeting and skating to a 3-3 tie in the second. The Golden Knights ended Harvard's 2009-10 ECAC Tournament run, handing the Crimson a 3-2 loss in the semifinal round.
In its first action since the winter break, the Crimson managed a weekend split in games against Union and Rensselaer. Harvard started the road trip with a 5-0 blanking of Union and followed with a tough, 2-1, loss to RPI Saturday.
Harvard matched its highest offensive output of the season and goalie Laura Bellamy notched her first shutout of the year as the Crimson rolled to a 5-0 victory over Union Friday afternoon. Five different Harvard players netted goals in the win as Josephine Pucci, Jillian Dempsey, Kaitlin Spurling, Katharine Chute and Lyndsey Fry all found the scoresheet for Harvard. Bellamy needed just 10 saves to register her first cleen sheet of the season.
Harvard got off on the right foot Saturday against the Engineers as Ashley Wheeler put home her first goal of the season and Pucci picked up her fourth point of the weekend. However, goals from RPI midway through the second and third periods sunk the Crimson effort as the hosts skated to a 2-1 win. Bellamy made 19 stops and the Crimson killed all six RPI power-plays in the loss.
Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 345-151-29 career record, 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.
Third Period's The Charm
Harvard has played some of its best hockey in the third period of games so far this season. While opponents have the scoring edge in the first and second periods, the Crimson is outscoring its foes 16-12 in the third stanza. Harvard has also held its opponents to the fewest number of shots, allowing just 82 pucks on net in the third period this year.
Hold Your Fire
In 45 periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has only allowed double-digit shots 11 times in a given period. Against Yale, Harvard limited the Bulldogs to 13 shots in the game including just three in the second period. Brown managed 15 total shots and fired just two on net in the second stanza. Harvard held Colgate to just two shots in the third period in a 3-1 win and also held Quinnipiac to just two shots in the third period of a 4-1 loss. The Crimson was outshot for the second time this season Nov. 20 at Dartmouth, but came away from Hanover, N.H., with a 3-2 victory.
Against UNH, Harvard allowed just 14 shots on net, including three in the second period. The Crimson did its best job of shot-blocking against Union Jan. 7, allowing just 10 shots on goal for the game, including just two in the final period.
Harvard has yet to allow more than 30 shots to an opposing team in a game this season. The Crimson is averaging 30.1 shots per game to its opponents' 20.9 and is outshooting its opponents 452-314 through 15 games.
About St. Lawrence
The Saints are having an up and down season in 2010-11, hoping to get back to .500 overall and in league play with a 9-10-2 overall mark and 4-5-0 ECAC record at the start of the Harvard matchup. St. Lawrence has a handful of solid wins on the season, most noteably a 7-3 pounding of Boston College Nov. 12 and a 6-2 thumping of Mercyhurst Dec. 10. However, the team comes to Cambridge riding a three-game losing streak having dropped its last game before the break to Mercyhurst, 7-3, and lost the first two games of its 2011 slate, 3-2 to Quinnipiac and 3-1 to Princeton. The Saints have yet to be shut out this season.
The Golden Knights have been on the short end of some tough losses this season as six of their last eight defeats have been by two goals or less. A sinking start to the year was bouyed by a 3-2 win at St. Lawrence Oct. 16 and a three-straight victories over Union, RPI and Syracuse from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. Clarkson started 2011 the same way it ended 2010; with a pair of conference losses. After falling at Colgate (5-2) and at Cornell (3-0) to wrap up 2010, Clarkson dropped a 2-0 decision to Princeton Jan. 7 and a 3-2 game to Quinnipiac in its last time out.
Give Me an "O"
The Crimson has had its best results this season when it scores more than two goals. Harvard has scored four or more goals three times this season and has captured wins in all three games. The Crimson is 3-1-1 in games it scores three goals, its only loss coming to No. 4/5 Boston University in a 5-3 final.