Women's Hockey Closes Regular Season at Home Against Colgate, No. 2 Cornell

Women's Hockey Closes Regular Season at Home Against Colgate, No. 2 Cornell

The class of 2011 will play its final regular season contests this weekend at Bright Hockey Center (Gil Talbot)

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The Particulars

In its final regular-season weekend of 2010-11, Harvard hosts Colgate and Ivy League rival No. 2 Cornell at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson is looking solidify second place in the ECAC standings against the Raiders and Big Red.

Series History
Harvard holds a commanding lead in the all-time series with Colgate, boasting a 17-1-2 record against the Raiders. The first matchup between the two teams took place during the 1978-79 season, and after a 22-year hiatus, the series picked back up in 2001-02. Colgate's only win over the Crimson came during the 2006-07 campaign, when the Raiders handed Harvard a 3-1 loss. Harvard has won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 3-1 victory earlier this season. The Crimson erased a 1-0 first-period deficit thanks to goals from Kate Buesser, Kalley Armstrong and Leanna Coskren.      

The Crimson also holds a sizeable series lead over Cornell with a 50-20-3 all-time record against the Big Red. Harvard collected 10-straight wins over Cornell from 2006 to 2009, but it has gone winless in the last four matchups with its Ivy League foe. In its first road game of the 2010-11 schedule, Harvard suffered a 3-0 setback to No. 2 Cornell Nov. 5, surrendering a pair of power-play tallies in the loss.

Last Time Out
After rallying for a shootout victory in the Beanpot semifinal against Northeastern Feb. 8, the Crimson was unable to get past the tournament host as No. 7 Boston College claimed its fourth Beanpot title with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night. BC opened the scoring in the first period and Harvard responded 36 seconds later on a Katharine Chute tally. A scoreless second period sent the teams to the third deadlocked at 1-1, but a pair of breakaway goals proved to be difference as the Eagles skated to a 3-1 victory. Harvard's Laura Bellamy recorded 26 saves in the loss.    

Last Weekend
On a key conference road trip, its final one of the regular season, the Crimson earned three out of a possible four points, tying Clarkson, 3-3, Friday and downing St. Lawrence, 3-2, in overtime Saturday.  

Down 1-0 at the start of the second period against Clarkson, Harvard rallied for two quick goals midway through the frame. Jillian Dempsey converted a Leanna Coskren feed for Harvard's first goal, and Elizabeth Parker gave the Crimson its first lead. The Golden Knights snatched the lead back with two goals of their own, but Dempsey potted her second goal of the game early in the third to seal the 3-3 tie.  

All of Saturday's scoring in regulation took place in the second period, beginning with Liza Ryabkina's marker 11:23 into the period. St. Lawrence rattled off the next two, but Josephine Pucci put home a short-range shot to knot the score at 2-2 at the end of two periods. A scoreless third led Harvard to its third consecutive overtime contest, and with just seven seconds remaining in the game, Jillian Dempsey scored her third goal of the weekend to give Harvard the 3-2 overtime victory.  

Lets Hear It For The Seniors
Saturday's contest marks the final regular-season home game for the six seniors on the Harvard roster: Kate Buesser, Katharine Chute, Deb Conway, Leanna Coskren, Liza Ryabkina and Ashley Wheeler. The class of 2011 has combined to play 656 games under head coach Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey. The sextet of seniors has helped Harvard to two Beanpot titles, two ECAC regular season titles, two Ivy League titles, an ECAC tournament championship and two NCAA tournament appearances.

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 353-153-31 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 head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team in the summer of 2010.  

Hold Your Fire
In 81 periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has only allowed double-digit shots in a given period 19 times (24 percent). On nine occasions, Harvard has held it opponent to three or less shots in a period, including twice holding an opponent to a single shot on goal in a given frame. Some of Harvard's top defensive performances this season:   

Fewest Shots Allowed - Game
10 - at Union, Jan. 7, 2011 (W, 5-0)
      vs. Union, Jan. 22, 2011 (W, 4-0)
13 - vs. Yale, Oct. 29, 2010 (T, 3-3)
14 - at New Hampshire, Dec. 9, 2010 (W, 3-1)
15 - vs. Brown, Oct. 30, 2010 (W, 4-2)
16 - vs. Clarkson, Jan. 15, 2011 (W, 3-2)

Harvard has allowed just one opponent to amass more than 30 shots in a game this season as Quinnipiac racked up 32 shots Feb. 5 when the Crimson totaled 44. Harvard is averaging 32.2 shots per game to its opponents' 21.2 and is outshooting its opponents 869-573 through 27 games. Harvard recorded its highest shot total of the season against Brown Jan. 28, firing 54 shots on goal. Harvard has eclipsed the 40-shot mark five times this season.

About Colgate
The Raiders are on the cusp of qualifying for the ECAC tournament as they come to Cambridge locked in a three-way tie for seventh with St. Lawrence and Rensselaer. Colgate helped its cause greatly with a pair of league wins last weekend, blanking Yale, 1-0, and downing Brown, 4-1, to collect four big points. After hovering toward the bottom of the league standings for the better part of the season, the Raiders have come as of late, collecting four wins in their last six games with three coming via shutout.   
About Cornell
A tie against Clarkson is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect conference run for the Big Red as it brings a 19-0-1 league mark into the weekend. Cornell has first place sealed up and has outscored conference opponents 93-13 this season. The tie against the Golden Knights prevented the Big Red from matching Harvard's 2007-08 season, when it went a perfect 26-0-0 in ECAC regular -eason and tournament play and advanced to the Frozen Four in Duluth, Minn.

Two Down But Not Out
With an improving penalty kill, the Crimson has shown its mettle by killing six 5-on-3 opportunities since the New Year. Harvard stopped RPI on a two-skater advantage in a 2-1 loss Jan. 8 and then killed another two-skater advantage in its next game, a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence. The Crimson kept Rensselaer scoreless on two separate 5-on-3 scenarios in a 2-1 win at Bright Jan. 21. Harvard also killed a pair of 5-on-3 situations against Quinnipiac Feb. 5, enabling a 3-2 comeback win. Harvard has not allowed a 5-on-3 goal all season.

Give Me an "O"
The Crimson has had its best results this season when it scores more than two goals. Harvard has scored four or more goals six times this season and has captured wins in all six games. The Crimson is 6-1-3 in games it scores three goals, its only loss coming to No. 4/5 Boston University in a 5-3 final.

Comeback Kids
While Harvard has been a bit slow to start in its last few outings, the team has shown its resilience, posting a number of come-from-behind performances. Against Quinnipiac Feb. 5, Harvard entered the third period down, 2-0, only to tally three goals in an eight-minute span to capture a 3-2 victory at home. Against Northeastern in the Beanpot semifinal, Harvard was staring a 3-0 second-period deficit in the face before putting three pucks in the net, two coming with under five minutes to play in regulation. The Crimson went on to win the shootout, 2-1, to advance to the Beanpot final.

Last weekend, Harvard came back from two seperate one-goal deficits to tie Clarkson and then overcame a 2-1 hole against St. Lawrence to claim a 3-2 overtime win.   

Block You Like a Hurricane
A big reason that Harvard has been so successful in limiting opponents' shots on goal has been the team's penchant for blocking shots. Heading into the weekend, Harvard has out-blocked its opponents 372-261. In 27 games played this season, the Crimson has registered more blocked shots than its opponent in a game 19 times. Harvard has also topped the 20-block barrier five times this season with the most blocked shots in a game coming in the season opener against Yale where 33 shots never made it to the goalie.

Four Pack
The Crimson scored four or more goals in a three-game stretch from Jan. 22-29. Harvard blanked Union and Brown by identical 4-0 scores and downed Yale, 5-3. The last time Harvard put together a streak of three, four-goal games was Feb. 2-6, 2010, which was kicked off with a 5-0 win over B.C. in the opening round of the Beanpot.

Getting It Done on the Road
With the weekend sweep of Brown and Yale Jan. 28-29, the Crimson recorded it's first road weekend sweep since Nov. 20-21, 2009, when it also topped Yale and Brown in their home rinks. Harvard also upped its season road record to .500 for the first time in two months, with a 7-7-2 mark on visiting ice this season.
Timing is Everything
January was a month to remember for the Crimson. After posting sub-.500 records in
November and December, Harvard recorded its best January record since the 2007-08 season, posting a 7-1-0 mark.

Saturdays have also been favorable for the Crimson this season as Harvard has a 8-1-1 record in Saturday games and a 9-3-3 record in afternoon contests.

It's All Over
Harvard is 120-2-6 (.960) since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods. The Crimson is 9-0-0 this season in such situations.