Senior Margaret Chute and the Crimson look to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2007-08 (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will look to build off the momentum it built during two wins during the opening two games of ECAC Hockey play when it travels to Brown and Yale this weekend. The Crimson hits the road again after shutting out Quinnipiac, 2-0, and routing Princeton, 9-1, last weekend away from home.
Game 3: at Brown
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Meehan Auditorium, Providence, R.I.
Game 4: at Yale
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Ingalls Rink, New Haven, Conn.
The Crimson (2-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC) began its season with a weekend sweep for the second straight season. Jillian Dempsey led the way with six points (2 goals, 4 assists) on the weekend, while Laura Bellamy and Emerance Maschmeyer each picked up wins in goal. Bellamy blanked Quinnipiac, 2-0, in the season opener for her 15th career shutout and Maschmeyer beat Princeton, 9-1, in the second game to earn her first career victory.
Player of the Week
Jillian Dempsey was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Oct. 30 after leading the Crimson to a 2-0 start with six points in the first two games. The senior had one of the best offensive performances of her career at Princeton Oct. 27 as she tied her career-high with five points. She had three assists on the Crimson's first four goals and later added two goals of her own. To view the complete release, click here.
Harvard's freshmen made an immediate impact on the ice last weekend. Five skaters making their Crimson debuts combined for seven points in two games, including four from Mary Parker. The Milton, Mass., native had assists on both goals at Quinnipiac and followed with a goal at Princeton to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead within the first two minutes of play. Miye D'Oench also put one between the pipes at Princeton and added an assist.
The Crimson jumped three spots to No. 6 in the latest USCHO rankings. The move earned Harvard its highest spot in the poll since ending the 2009-10 season at No. 4. In each of the last two seasons, the Crimson was ranked as high as No. 7 on multiple occasions.
Harvard has denied its opponents in each of the three power-play opportunities it has given up. Since the start of 2012, the Crimson has allowed just seven power-play goals in 21 games, and has killed 71 of 78 opponent power plays.
Spread the Wealth
Six Crimson skaters scored in the 9-1 win at Princeton Oct. 27. The last time Harvard had six different players find the back of the net in one game was in an 8-0 win at Yale Jan. 27, 2012. Jillian Dempsey and Kaitlin Spurling scored goals in each of those two contests.
Big Time Bellamy
Laura Bellamy moved into a tie for second in the Harvard record books with her 15th career shutout in the season-opening win at Quinnipiac. The Duluth, Minn., native made 30 saves to even Ali Boe '06 on the shutouts chart and trails only Christina Kessler '10, who had 25 clean sheets during her four years in Cambridge. Before this season, the last time a Harvard goalie blanked an opponent in the season opener was in 2006-07.
Emerance Maschmeyer became the first Harvard goalie to record a win in her first start as a freshman since Christina Kessler '10 six years ago. The Bruderheim, Alta., native made 16 saves in a 9-1 victory at Princeton Oct. 27. Kessler, hailing from Oakville, Ont., made 21 saves to beat Brown, 8-1, Nov. 17, 2006.
Lyndsey Fry tallied three goals to help Harvard to a 9-1 win at Princeton Oct. 29. The junior scored three consecutive goals in the game to record a natural hat trick.
Harvard has the chance to complete a trio of accomplishments that have not happened during the last few seasons.
Last 4-0 start: 2007-08 when the Crimson started with 11 straight wins
Last four-game road winning streak: Dec. 17, 2008-Oct. 30, 2009 when the Crimson won eight in a row
Last time starting the season with four straight road wins: 2007-08 when the Crimson won its first five
Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 19th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 380-164-32 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 recently named the head coach of the United States women's hockey team for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Head coach Katey Stone is not the only Crimson with upcoming Red, White and Blue duties. Along with Stone, Michelle Picard and Lyndsey Fry will travel to Vantaa, Finland to take part in the Four Nations Cup Nov. 6-10. The trio will represent the USA in a tournament against Canada, Sweden and Finland. The four countries that battle for the Four Nations Cup account for all 16 medals ever won in the Olympics.
The Bears (1-1-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) split games at Cornell (L, 2-0) and Colgate (W, 4-1) to start the season last weekend. Brown kept the game tight with Cornell, despite being outshot 37-12 throughout the contest. The Big Red only got one shot past Brown senior Katie Jamieson before adding an open-net goal with 10 seconds left. Against Colgate, Brown was once again outshot, 27-21, but managed to score four times. Junior Aubree Moore held Colgate to one score to give the Bears their first ECAC win of the year. Four different Bears scored in the contest, while freshman Alli Rolandelli assisted on two of the tallies. Brown's two goalies boast an impressive .953 save percentage while splitting time in the first two games. The duo made 61 save and allowed two goals.
Series History - Brown
The Crimson has pulled away from Brown in recent years in the all-time series. Harvard has won 13 straight over the Bears, including 3-0 and 5-1 wins last season. The Crimson owns a 21-0-2 record against Brown since the Bears last pulled out a win Feb. 23, 2002.
The Bulldogs (1-3-0, 1-1-0 ECAC) are off to a much better start after finishing last season 1-27-1. Yale won its first ECAC game of the year Oct. 26 at Colgate, 3-0, and followed with nearly upsetting No. 2 Cornell the next day. The Big Red ultimately beat Yale, 3-2, but not before the Bulldogs gave Cornell a scare. Yale had the game tied entering the third period despite being outshot, 29-7, in the first two periods. The Bulldogs were 2-of-6 on power play opportunities in the game. Freshman Jamie Haddad leads Yale with two goals, including one of the man-up goals at Cornell. Classmate Kate Martini has added three assists and junior Tara Tomimoto has dished out two helpers. In goal, sophomore Jaimie Leonoff brings a 2.03 goals against average and .946 save percentage into the weekend. She has played 237:02 minutes in goal and made 140 saves.
Series History – Yale
Harvard has dominated the all-time series against Yale with 62 wins in 72 tries (62-7-3, .882). The 62 wins represent the most the Crimson has against any opponent during the 35-year history of the program. Harvard is 13-1-0 against the Bulldogs since 2005-06, the last time Yale earned a win in the series. Last year, the Crimson held Yale scoreless during 8-0 and 4-0 wins.
Harvard will take two weeks off from game competition before returning to the ice at Boston University Nov. 18. The road contest will be the final game of five straight on the road to start the year. The Crimson's next ECAC action will be at Bright Hockey Center against Colgate Nov. 23 and Cornell Nov. 24.