Women’s Hockey Heads West to Open 2018

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Harvard at Rensselaer
Jan. 5, 2018
6 p.m.
Houston Field House
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Harvard leads 14-7-2
Feb. 11, 2017, L 1-4
Harvard | Rensselaer


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Harvard at Union
Jan. 6, 2018
3 p.m.
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Harvard leads, 27-1-0
Feb. 10, 2017, W 2-0
Harvard | Union


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team returns to action after a month off in upstate New York this weekend. The Crimson will face the Rensselaer Engineers on Friday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m., before heading over to Union for a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday. 

Last Time Out
This Friday's matchup will mark 30 days since the Crimson last touched the ice for competition against Dartmouth. In its final tilt of the 2017 calendar year, Harvard edged the hosts 1-0 with a late third period goal from Val Turgeon

After a scoreless 40 minutes, Val Turgeon broke the silence with a bang, scoring the game-winner with just 6:23 left in regulation. After Chelsea Ziadie picked the puck off the boards in the d-zone, Turgeon carried it down the ice and fired it from inside the right circle over Christie Honor's glove. 

Between the pipes, Beth Larcom made 28 saves, her fourth highest of the season, and earned her first shutout of the season. 

Neither Harvard or Dartmouth was successful on the power play, the Crimson going 0-for-3 and the Big Green going 0-for-5 on the man advantage. 

Harvard outshot Dartmouth 32-28 overall, including 13-7 in the final frame. 

Kaitlin Tse led the defense, accruing three of 14 total blocks by the blue line crew. 

Finish Strong
This season, Harvard has shown its resilience and ability to outlast its opponents in the third period. In the final 20 minutes of the game, Harvard is outscoring its opponents 18-7 and has maintained a +47 shot margin, putting 141 pucks on net while holding opponents to just 94. 

All five of rookie Brooke Jovanovich's goals have come in the third period while five of Kat Hughes' seven goals have come in the third period including two of her three against New Hampshire on Nov. 25.

Additionally, four of Harvard's eight power-play goals have come in the third period and four of seven game-winners have been notched in the final 20 minutes. 

Scoring Against the Engineers
Val Turgeon is the only member on the current roster to find the back of the net against the Engineers. In the series finale, Turgeon potted a goal late in the first to tie the score at 1 heading into first intermission. 

Kat Hughes and Haley Mullins have both notched an assist in contests against RPI during their respective tenures. 

Tse Overseas
Junior defenseman Kaitlin Tse will miss the weekend series against Rensselaer and Union as she dons the jersey for the Canadian National Women's Development Team at the 2018 Nations Cup. The tournament is being held Jan. 3-6 in Füssen, Germany and will feature teams from Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and Russia in addition to Canada. 

The 21-member Team Canada roster includes 18 NCAA Division I players, with eight hailing from the ECAC. 

Tse previously played for Team Canada in the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championships where her team earned silver. The Toronto, Ontario native was also a member of Team Canada for the 2015 U18 Summer Series and the 2016 Summer Series against Team USA. At the 2016 Summer Series in Calgary, Tse competed against fellow Crimson skaters Sydney Daniels and Becca Gilmore

In the 2018 Nations Cup opener, Tse notched an assist on a goal from Boston University's Victoria Bach in a 3-2 loss to Finland. On Thursday, Team Canada fell to Russia by a 2-1 decision. Tse and the Canadian National Women's Development Team will play their final games of the 2018 Nations Cup on Saturday, Jan. 6. Its opponent will be determined after the outcomes of Thursday and Friday's group B matchups between Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Canada has won gold at the Nations Cup 11 times, most recently in 2016. 

Approaching 100
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, senior captain Haley Mullins will play her 100th career game in the Crimson jersey on Saturday at Union.

Also en route to 100 games is senior Chelsea Ziadie, who currently has 83 career games under her belt. If Ziadie makes an appearance in each of the remaining games this season, she will hit the 100 games mark in the season finale on the road at Clarkson.

Four former Harvard players were selected to represent the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) in a two-game series against Team USA in preparation for the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February. 

Jillian Dempsey (Boston Pride), Miye D'Oench (Metropolitan Riveters), Sarah Edney (Buffalo Beauts) and Michelle Picard (Metropolitan Riveters) will once again play for the same jersey on Jan. 13 and 15 in Wesley Chapel, Fla. 

All 22 players on the Team NWHL roster graduated from NCAA Division I institutions, including 10 from ECAC Hockey institutions. 

Now in her third year in the NWHL, Dempsey leads the Pride in scoring this season. As a senior at Harvard, she was a finalist for the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award. Dempsey played for Team USA in the 2012 IIHF World Championships and in the 2011 Four Nations Cup. 

D'Oench is tied for second in the league this season in goals (with Rebecca Russo) and points (with Courtney Burke). She was part of the U18 U.S Women's National team in 2012. She played in 135 games in four years at Harvard and had 64 goals and 58 assists for 122 points.

A first overall selection in the CWHL Draft and former member of the Canadian National Team, Edney is in her first season in the NWHL. She is 1-3-4 in 7 games with the Beauts. In her senior season at Harvard, Edney was named Best Defender in the ECAC. 

The 6th overall pick in the 2015 NWHL Draft, Picard was a part of Team USA that captured silver at the 2014 Olympics, and won gold in 2013, 2015 and 2016 at the World Championships. At Harvard, she was captain in her junior and senior years. 

New Team, Same Role
After serving as team captain during her junior and senior seasons at Harvard, Michelle Picard was selected to captain Team NWHL in its series with Team USA next week. 

"Shelly Picard is the ideal person to lead Team NWHL," said Haley Moore, General Manager of Team NWHL. "She is a proven leader from her time in Harvard, has extensive experience in the National Team program, and she has a wonderful perspective on and off the ice. There are many leaders on this team, but we felt strongly that Shelly was worthy of the honor of wearing the C." 

Series Sweeps
So far this season, Harvard has swept the season series with both Dartmouth and Princeton. At home, the Crimson polished off the Big Green and Tigers by 4-1 scores, while on the road, the winning margin was smaller, with 1-0 and 3-2 victories respectively. 

The last time Harvard swept more than two opponents in a season was during the 2015-16 campaign when the Crimson swept Colgate, Union and Yale during the regular season.

Over the next three weeks, Harvard will open the 2018 season series with six teams, including Rensselaer, Union, No. 4/4 Colgate, No. 5/5 Cornell, No. 3/3 Clarkson and No. 10/10 St. Lawrence 

The Road Ahead
After enjoying the comfort of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center for eight of the first 12 games of the season, the Crimson will hit the road for seven of its first nine games in the new year. 

This season, Harvard is even at 2-2-0 in road contests and has earned one shutout in an opponents' arena. 

The Storm Brewing
Coming up, Harvard will face five-straight top-10 opponents. The Crimson will begin the stint with a road trip to No. 4/4 Colgate and No. 5/5 Cornell. Harvard will make the return trip across town to No. 2/2 Boston College mid-week before hosting No. 3/3 Clarkson and No. 10/10 St. Lawrence the following weekend. 

The five-game streak marks the longest stretch of ranked opponents since before the 2013-14 season. 

Harvard has posted a winning record in each of its first three months of action.

Beginning in October, the Crimson went 2-1-0 (.667), reversing its 1-2-0 record during the opening stanza of 2016-17. Harvard continued its success in November, going 3-2-1 (.583) before rounding out 2017 with a 2-1-0 (.667) record.

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What's Next?
The Crimson will continue its upstate New York tour next weekend, playing back-to-back 3 p.m. games at No. 4/4 Colgate and No. 5/5 Cornell. The pair of ECAC contests kicks off a five-game streak of ranked opponents for Harvard.