Women's Hockey Closes December Slate With New Hampshire, No. 4/5 Boston University

Women's Hockey Closes December Slate With New Hampshire, No. 4/5 Boston University

Leanna Coskren is the top-scoring defenseman for the Crimson so far this season (Gil Talbot).

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The Particulars

Harvard wraps up the 2010 portion of its schedule    as it travels to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire Thursday night and welcomes No. 4/5 Boston University to Bright Hockey Center Friday night. The contests mark the fourth and fifth straight non-conference contests for Harvard and second and third straight Hockey East opponents.
Follow From Home
Harvard will provide live statistics for this week's games, all home games and most road contests this season.  Video and live stats links can be found on the women's hockey schedule on GoCrimson.com

Series History
New Hampshire represents one of Harvard's toughest opponents, historically speaking. The Crimson trails in the all-time series, holding a 13-27-3 mark against the Wildcats. Harvard's best stretch against UNH came from 1998 to 2004 where the Crimson picked up 12 straight wins, including four during the 1998-99 season. Last year, Katharine Chute (Wayzata, Minn.) scored an early goal and Christina Kessler '10 made 24 saves to help Harvard force a 1-1 tie against the No. 4 Wildcats in Cambridge.

Harvard has a significant edge in the all-time series against Boston University, owning a 21-6-0 record against the Terriers. The Crimson is currently riding a 20-game win streak against BU and held the Terriers scoreless in nine straight games from 1986 to 2003. The last time the two teams met was in the first round of the 2009 Beanpot tournament where Harvard rolled over the Terriers by a score of 8-0. Harvard has faced the Terriers 14 times in the Beanpot and has claimed 13 of those 14 contests.    

Last Time Out
A hat-trick by Boston College's Kelli Stack proved to be the difference as the Harvard women's ice hockey team dropped a 6-2 decision to the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.

The Crimson was unable to convert on a power-play midway through the first period but was able to solve BC goalie Molly Schaus at even strength with just less than four minutes to play. Leanna Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) found Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.) on the doorstep and Buesser slotted home the puck to knot the score at 1-1.

The hosts imposed their will throughout the second period, netting three goals to take a 4-1 lead after two stanzas. Stack assisted on BC's fifth goal less than three minutes into the third, but Harvard got one back on the power-play to make the score 5-2. Katharine Chute slid the puck to Coskren and Coskren passed to a wide-open Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) who one-timed a rocket past Schaus at the 15:22 mark of third.

Keep 'Em Coming
The game against Boston University will be Harvard's sixth against a ranked opponent in its last seven contests. The Crimson is 2-4 in its six games against ranked foes this season, collecting a pair of wins in a home-and-home series with No. 9 Dartmouth. The Crimson fell to No. 7 Minnesota twice Nov. 26-28, dropped a 3-0 decision at then-No. 2 Cornell Nov. 5 and lost, 6-2, to Boston College in its last time out.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 343-149-29 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. Stone will be facing her alma mater when Harvard takes on New Hampshire Thursday.  
Crimson Captains
Leading the Crimson are three senior captains: Kate Buesser, Leanna Coskren and Liza Ryabkina (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

Third Period's The Charm
Harvard has played some of its best hockey in the third periods of games so far this season. While opponents have the scoring edge in the first and second periods, the Crimson is outscoring its foes 12-8 in the third stanza. Harvard has also held its opponents to the fewest number of shots, allowing just 62 pucks on net in the third period this year.

Hold Your Fire
In 33 periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has only allowed double-digit shots nine 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 on net in the second stanza. Harvard held Colgate to just two shots in the third period in a 3-1 win and also held Quinnipiac to just two shots in the third period of a 4-1 loss. The Crimson was outshot for the second time this season Nov. 20 at Dartmouth, but came away from Hanover, N.H., with a 3-2 victory.
Harvard has yet to allow more than 30 shots to an opposing team in a game this season. The Crimson is averaging 29.9 shots per game to its opponents' 21.8 and is outshooting its opponents 329-240 through 11 games. Harvard's 243 shots on goal on the season is the highest total in league play.

About New Hampshire
It has been a tale of two seasons for the Wildcats in 2010-11. After starting the season off with a 1-2 record, UNH rattled off seven straight wins, the final three of which were shutouts. The tides turned from there and the Wildcats enter the Harvard matchup on a seven-game losing skid, having faced and fallen to ranked opponents such as Boston College, Boston University and Providence. UNH has picked up six non-conference wins on the season and is undefeated in four home non-league games this season.

About Boston University
The No. 4/5 Terriers are enjoying their best start to a season in their young program history and enter the Harvard matchup riding a five-game win streak. After a narrow 5-4 loss to North Dakota kicked off the season, BU went on an 11-game unbeaten streak in which it captured eight wins. In its current stretch, BU has taken down two ranked teams in No. 6 Boston College and No. 10 Northeastern and has not allowed a goal in its last 145 minutes of action. BU currently sits in second place in Hockey East standings.