No. 7 Harvard Visits Dartmouth, Hosts No. 9 Providence in Weekend Action

No. 7 Harvard Visits Dartmouth, Hosts No. 9 Providence in Weekend Action

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The Particulars
The seventh-ranked Harvard women’s hockey team continues the stretch run as the team visits Dartmouth Friday afternoon before hosting No. 9 Providence in a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson currently stands third in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 8-5-2 record and 18 conference points. Friday’s game at Dartmouth has been designated as the Game of the Week.

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Series History
Harvard and Dartmouth have played 73 times, with the Big Green owning a 39-32-2 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1978-79. The Crimson has won five of the last six games against its ECAC Hockey and Ivy League rival, including a 3-2 victory over the Big Green at Bright Hockey Center earlier this season on Nov. 25. Liza Ryabkina netted the game-winning goal with 3:25 remaining in the game, while Christina Kessler picked up the victory with a 27-save effort.

Providence sports a 22-13-3 record against Harvard in 38 games, but the Crimson is 6-0-1 in the last seven games between the schools. The Crimson and Friars last played on Dec. 8, 2007, a 4-1 victory for Harvard in Providence, R.I. Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09, Jenny Brine ’09 and Liza Ryabkina each had a goal and two assists to guide the offense, while Christina Kessler stopped 17 shots for the win.

Last Time Out
After shutting out Union, 4-0, Friday, Laura Bellamy recorded a career-high 27 saves in a 4-2 loss at the hands of Rensselaer Saturday afternoon. Kate Buesser and Cori Bassett each netted a goal for the Crimson.

Where’s Your Beanpot?
Harvard will host the 2010 Beanpot at Bright Hockey Center. The first round, featuring the Crimson vs. Boston College at 8 p.m. and Boston University vs. Northeastern at 5 p.m. will take place Feb. 2, while the second round will be held Feb. 9. Harvard has won 12 Beanpots, while Northeastern has the lead with 14. Boston College has three titles, and Boston University has won three of the tournaments, which began in 1979.

Harvard Against Hockey East
Harvard owns a 1-0-1 record against teams from Hockey East this season. The Crimson tied New Hampshire, 1-1, Nov. 18 and then defeated Connecticut by a score of 2-1, Dec. 8. After facing the Friars, Harvard will play at least two more Hockey East opponents this season, as the Crimson will skate against Boston College in the opening round of the Beanpot Feb. 2, and then will play either Northeastern or Boston University in the second round Feb. 9.

Clean Sheets
With its 4-0 victory against Union Jan. 22, Harvard now has recorded five shutouts this season. Laura Bellamy earned her first career clean sheet against the Dutchwomen, making 13 saves. Four of the Crimson’s five shutouts have come at Bright Hockey Center.

Christina Kessler has recorded 25 shutouts during her career at at Harvard, a program record.

Crimson Leading The League
Kate Buesser has an ECAC Hockey-best 15 assists in league games and stands second in points with 22. Rookie Jillian Dempsey (8-10-18) ranks fourth in conference points among all players and first among freshmen in the league. Defender Leanna Coskren, Cori Bassett and Dempsey are tied for fifth with five power-play points in ECAC Hockey contests. Coskren is also tied for first with three game-winning goals during conference action. Bassett, meanwhile, stands third in defenseman scoring with 11 points on four goals and seven assists.

The World’s Best
A trio of former Harvard standout skaters have been named to the 2010 U.S. Women’s National Team, which will compete at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, the Patty Kazmaier recipient in 2004, Julie Chu ’06-07, the winner of the Patty Kazmaier trophy in 2007, and former All-American Caitlin Cahow ’07-08 were named to the American team. On Team Canada, Harvard will be represented by two-time Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, and Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09, who was named the top women’s college hockey player in 2008. Overall, Harvard has had nine current and former women’s hockey players represent their countries in the Olympics since 1996.

When The Game Is On The Line
Seven different Harvard players have scored a game-winning goal this season -- Kaitlin Spurling, Liza Ryabkina, Jillian Dempsey, Leanna Coskren, Anna McDonald, Cori Bassett and Kathryn Farni. Coskren leads the team and ECAC Hockey with three game-winning tallies, while Ryabkina has notched two this season.

Scoring In A Bunch
As a team, Harvard tanks second in ECAC Hockey with 3.20 goals per game, having scored a league-best 48 tallies in 15 conference games entering the weekend.

A Balanced Attack
The Crimson has had 13 different players score at least one goal this year, as the team has netted a total of 46 goals. Sixteen players have at least one point to their credit and Harvard had 15 different players light the lamp last season as well, scoring a total of 95 goals.

Around The Ivy League
The Crimson is unbeaten in five straight games against Ivy League opponents (3-0-2) after tying Cornell Jan. 15. The Crimson stands at 3-2-2 against Ancient Eight opponents, good for third place in the conference standings. Cornell remains in first with a 5-0-2 Ivy League conference record.

License to Kill
The Crimson boasts the nation’s ninth-best penalty kill unit, stopping 68 of 77 opponent power plays (.883). Harvard also has a shorthanded goal to its credit, coming off the stick of Jillian Dempsey in a 4-0 win over Union Jan. 22.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 16th season as the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, and she brings a 329-141-26 (.690) record into Friday’s game. Stone, who ranks second all-time in Division I victories, has led Harvard to all seven of its NCAA tournament appearances. Stone is also the active leader in victories among Division I women’s hockey coaches.

Stone is currently eight wins shy of tying the all-time Division I record, held by Laura Halldorson (337 victories).

First Thing’s First
The Crimson was 18-0-2 when scoring first and 1-10-1 when the opponent lit the lamp first last season. So far in 2009-10, Harvard is 8-1-2 when netting the game’s first goal and 2-4-2 when the opposition scores first.

It’s All Over
Harvard is 102-1-5 since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods. The Crimson is 8-0-1 in this category this season.

Just Win, Christina!
Senior goaltender Christina Kessler is 64-16-6 (.779) in her career in net, placing her first on Harvard’s all-time goalie wins, as she passed Ali Boe ’06 with a 5-1 victory against Colgate Jan. 16. Kessler currently holds the NCAA career record with a .9413 save percentage, as she has stopped 1,863 of 1,979 shots faced during her career. Jessie Vetter (Wisconsin 2006-09) owned a .941 save percentage to set the record (2,175 of 2,312, .9407).

Welcome To The Show
Harvard freshmen have had the scoring touch this season, led by Jillian Dempsey who is tied for the team with eight goals and is second with 11 assists and 18 points. Kaitlin Spurling (4-3-7), Josephine Pucci (2-5-7) have also been scoring threats.

Storied Program
With its 3-0 victory over St. Lawrence Nov. 7, Harvard earned the 500th victory in program history. The Crimson owns a 508-292-42 (.628)record over its storied 31-year history.

A Stone Wall
The Crimson earned back-to-back shutouts against Minnesota Dec. 4-5, marking the first time that the Golden Gopher were held scoreless since Feb. 2, 2007. The Crimson had not recorded consecutive shutouts since holding Cornell without a goal during the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals Feb. 27-28, 2009.

To Be The Best ...

With its 4-4 tie against No. 10 Cornell Jan. 15, the Crimson stands at 3-2-3 against ranked foes this year. Harvard was 2-6-1 against top 10 opponents last season. The Crimson will play No. 9 Providence Jan. 30.

Bright Spot
The Crimson was 9-4-2 record at Bright Hockey Center last season, while posting a 9-5-1 mark on the road. In 13 games this season, Harvard owns a 7-3-3 record on home ice, but is 3-2-1 in road contests.

Red Lights
Harvard ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense (1.53 goals allowed per game), fifth in scoring margin (+1.21), 11 on the penalty kill (68 of 77, .883), 15th in scoring offense (2.74 goals scored per game) and 27th on the power play (11of 93, .118).