D'Oench and the Crimson are looking to continue its six-game unbeaten streak on Sunday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's hockey team (7-1-1, 6-1-1 ECAC) is set to welcome in Ivy League rival and ECAC travel partner Dartmouth to Bright-Landry for a Sunday matinee showdown. The No. 5/5 Crimson and Big Green will meet for the 84th time in the series history, which dates back to 1978-79.
Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is historically good at home – suffering only one loss (13-1-1) in Bright Hockey Center in 2012-13 – and looks to continue its winning ways this season. Since 2000-01, Harvard is an impressive 149-36-16 (.780) in Cambridge, and is 39-9-3 (.790) since 2010-11. The Crimson has gone undefeated at home twice since 2000, sporting a 17-0-0 mark in 2007-08 and a 16-0-0 mark in 2002-03.
Currently 4-0-1 this year in the comforts of home, including a wins over No. 8 Quinnipiac and No. 9 Boston U., and a tie against No. 3 Cornell, Harvard is in the midst of a six-game homestand in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center before the Crimson takes to the outdoors to face Northeastern at Fenway Park on Jan. 2. The next true away contest for Harvard will be Jan. 7 when the Crimson trek to Storrs, Conn., to take on UConn for a midweek showdown.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is riding a six-game unbeaten streak after going 2-0-1 at home over the last two weeks.Two weeks ago, the Crimson skated to a gritty 3-3 tie against No. 3 Cornell before blanking Colgate, 2-0, behind Brianna Laing's first career start and shutout. The Crimson then turned around to dominate No. 9 BU, 3-1 last Friday, having eight different skaters register a point against the Terriers.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth is 2-7 (2-6 ECAC) entering the weekend, after going 1-1 last week. The Big Green dropped its first four contests to Boston College, Princeton, Quinnipiac and Union, before it earned its first win, a 3-1 victory at Rensselaer. DC got its second win two weeks later, picking up a 2-1 victory at Colgate, before dropping its showdown with Cornell, 4-2, last weekend.
A quartet of Big Green skaters leads the charge for Dartmouth on the ice, beginning with Lindsey Allen. The sophomore forward has a team-high five goals and an assist for six points to lead the attack. Laura Stacey (1-3-4), Karlee Odland (1-3-4) and Eleni Tebano (0-4-4) all round out the top four point-earners for Dartmouth this season, in an offense that has struggled to produce only 14 goals through nine games.
In net for the Big Green sits Lindsey Holdcroft, who heads up the Dartmouth platoon. A senior, Holdcroft has allowed 18 goals, while saving 165 shots, earning a 2-4 record. Freshman Robyn Chemago has a pair of appearances, racking up 53 saves, allowing seven goals. In one start, junior Katie Milligan allowed three goals, steering away 15 shots.
The Series with Dartmouth
Harvard and Dartmouth are getting together for the 84th time in the history of the series. The Big Green holds a slim 41-39-3 lead over the Crimson, but Harvard is 11-3-1 over the last 15 meeting, including 4-0-1 in the last five contests.
Last season, the two squads clashed four times, two of which were in the ECAC Quarterfinals (3-0 and 4-0 wins in mid-March). The Crimson skated away with a 3-0-1 record against the Big Green, outscoring them 15-2 over the four games.
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Partners in Crime
Sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer has made waves in net for the Crimson this season, finding herself sitting in the top-5 nationally in just about every goaltending category, including save percentage (No. 1 with .953) and goals against average (No. 4 with 1.27 per game).
But behind her waits Brianna Laing, who recently denied 21 shots en route to a 2-0 shutout victory in her collegiate debut against Colgate on Nov. 16. Maschmeyer and Laing have now kept four opponents off the board this season, giving Harvard the second-most shutouts in the country as a team.
Quick Start Crimson
The Crimson has been nothing short of tremendous to start any given game this season. Harvard is outscoring the opposition, 11-1, in the opening period, and 10-2 in the second. The Crimson is 7-0-1 when holding a lead after one period this season and 7-0-1 when notching the game's first score.
Killing them Softly
Harvard is a near-perfect 45-for-46 (97.8-percent) on the penalty kill this season, the best team in the nation by far. Opponents are averaging five power play opportunities per game this season, but are generally stifled from the get-go.