No. 10 Women's Hockey Continues Road Conquest Against Quinnipiac, Princeton

No. 10 Women's Hockey Continues Road Conquest Against Quinnipiac, Princeton

Katharine Chute has a goal, an assist and a +2 rating on the young season (Gil Talbot).

Game Notes (pdf)

The Particulars
The Harvard women's hockey team continues its first road stretch of the season as it takes on conference foes Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend. The three teams enter the weekend within two points of each other in the ECAC Hockey league standings.

Follow From Home will provide live statistics for this weekend's games, all home games and most road contests this season.  Video is available for the Harvard-Princeton matchup on Princeton's athletics website,

Series History
Harvard holds the all-time series lead against Quinnipiac with a record of 9-1-0. The Series between the Bobcats and Crimson began in the 2005-06 season when Harvard collected 5-3 and 3-0 wins. The Crimson captured the first nine meetings between teams, but the Bobcats earned their first win in the series in the teams' last contest. After Harvard downed Quinnipiac, 7-2,  last November, the Bobcats shutout the Crimson Jan. 9 and skated to a 1-0 victory in Hamden.

The Crimson also holds the series edge against the Tigers with a 36-28-3 all-time record. Last season, the two teams met four times, twice in the regular season and twice in the ECAC Tournament quarterfinal. The Tigers kept the Crimson at bay during the regular season, downing Harvard 2-1 and drawing with it 3-3. In the playoffs, Harvard found its scoring drive and recorded 5-1 and 4-1 wins at Bright Hockey Center to sweep the Tigers and advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament semifinals.

Last Time Out
Harvard netted two third period goals to pick up its first road win of the season, downing Colgate, 3-1, last Saturday at Starr Rink. The Crimson fell behind mid way through the first and took a 1-0 deficit in to the second period, but senior Kate Buesser netted her first goal of the season in the second to knot the score at 1-1 heading into the final period. Freshman Kalley Armstrong scored the first goal of her collegiate career just over five minutes into the third to stake Harvard to a 2-1 lead and senior Leanna Coskren netted an insurance goal off a blast from the point to give Harvard the 3-1 victory. Goalie Laura Bellamy picked up her second win of the season and stopped 20 shots in the game.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 341-145-28 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. Because of her committment to the National Team, Stone will not be behind the bench during Harvard's next four games as she will be with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup. Assistant coaches Melanie Ruzzi and Maura Crowell will lead the team against Quinnipiac and Princeton. 

Crimson Captains
Leading the Crimson will be three senior captains: Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Leanna Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and Liza Ryabkina (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

New Faces
Seven freshmen will don the crimson, black and white this season. The class of 2014 is comprised of goaltender Lauren Joarnt (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Kalley Armstrong (Maple, Ont.), Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.), Marissa Gedman (Framingham, Mass.), Gina McDonald (New Brighton, Minn.), Elizabeth Parker (Acton, Mass.) and Jackie Young (Medford, Mass.).

Rank And File
Harvard began the 2010-11 regular season schedule ranked in both national polls. The Crimson is No. 10 in the most recent poll while the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll also has Harvard at No. 10.

About Quinnipiac
The Bobcats have played 12 games already this season and enter the game against Harvard with a 7-4-1 overall record and a 2-3-0 mark in league play. Quinnipiac took a roadtrip to New York last weekend and returned with a 1-1 record, downing Union 3-2 and falling to Rensselaer, 2-0. The Bobcats scored their first goal againt Union just 30 seconds into the game and tallied three in the opening period, hangin on for the 3-2 win. Against the Engineers, Quinnipiac committed no penalties and conceeded an empty net goal in the 2-0 defeat.   

About Princeton
The Tigers enter the weekend in third place in ECAC Hockey standings with a 3-2-0 conference record and 3-4-0 overall mark. Princeton also faced RPI and Union last weekend, picking up a pair of one goal victories, including an overtime win over the Dutchwomen. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead over the Engineers on Friday and after allowing a power-play goal midway through the second period, held tight for the 2-1 win. Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead the following day and after a Corey Stearns goal tied the game at 2-2 with 2:02 remaining, Sally Butler netted the game-winner just 1:13 into the extra period.   

Thinking Inside The Box
So far this season, Harvard has racked up 51 penalty minutes in just four games. That total is good for the highest total in league action this season.  

Getting Involved
Through the first four games, three of the five freshmen that have dressed for every game have registered at least one point. Marissa Gedman leads all rookies, and is tied for the team lead, with three points (0-3-3) on the season, while Kalley Armstrong scored a goal against Colgate and Gina McDonald had an assist against Brown. Elizabeth  Parker has seen significant ice time up front and Jackie Young nearly picked up her first point against Colgate, hitting the pipe with a slapshot from the blueline. 

Hold Your Fire
In twelve periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has only allowed double-digit shots three 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 in the second stanza. Harvard also held Colgate to just two shots in the third period in a 3-1 win.

Harvard has yet to allow more than 30 shots to an opposing team in a game this season. The Crimson is averaging 35.1 shots per game to its opponents' 19.5 and is outshooting its opponents 141-78 through four games. Harvard's 141 shots on the season ranks second in league play.

It's All Over
Harvard is 112-2-6 (.958) since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods.

A Playoff Push
With the sweep of Princeton in the playoffs last season, Harvard extended its streak of consecutive ECAC Hockey semifinal appearances to 12 seasons. During that stretch, Harvard has faced Princeton only once before in the quarterfinal round and that was during the 2001-02 season. In that matchup, Harvard swept the Tigers on their home ice by scores of 3-1 and 3-2 before falling to Dartmouth, 4-2, in the 2001-02 semifinal.  .