Women's Hockey Opens Home Schedule With Clarkson, St. Lawrence

Women's Hockey Opens Home Schedule With Clarkson, St. Lawrence

Elizabeth Parker collected the game-winning goal against Colgate last weekend (Gil Talbot).

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Katey Stone Leads Team USA to Four Nations Cup Gold

The Particulars
Harvard opens its home schedule against a pair of familiar foes as the Crimson welcomes Clarkson and St. Lawrence to Bright Hockey Center this weekend. Harvard has already faced both the Golden Knights and Saints this season, defeating both teams on their home rinks at the end of October.   

Series History
After a tough 2009-10 season against the Golden Knights, the Crimson rebounded last year with a win and a tie in the teams' two meetings. Harvard edged Clarkson, 2-1 in overtime, earlier this season. The results helped Harvard increase its all-time series lead to 15-5-2 over Clarkson.

Against Clarkson in Potsdam earlier this season, a Josephine Pucci power-play goal gave Harvard the lead early in the second, but the Golden Knights tied it with just 35 seconds left in the middle stanza. A scoreless third pushed the game into overtime, and it was Marissa Gedman to the rescue, as the sophomore received a pass from rookie Michelle Picard and fired true just 1:32 into the extra frame to seal the dramatic 2-1 victory.      

Harvard and St. Lawrence have some recent history, as the teams squared off in the 2011 ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. The Crimson holds the all-time series lead against St. Lawrence,
33-11-5, aided by a quartet of victories over the Saints last season and a win in the teams' first meeting of the 2011-12 campaign.

The Crimson put on an offensive display in its season-opener against the Saints, netting seven unanswered goals after falling behind early to notch a 7-1 road win. Classmates Lyndsey Fry and Gedman tallied three points each on the day, with Fry netting a pair of goals and Gedman dishing out a pair of assists. Jillian Dempsey also scored twice in the game, while Samantha Reber posted her first collegiate points with a goal and an assist.

Last Weekend
The Crimson put together another successful road trip to New York, picking up two points with a win over Colgate and a loss to No. 2/2 Cornell.

An early goal from sophomore Elizabeth Parker just 42 seconds into the game proved to be huge as junior Laura Bellamy posted her first shutout of the season with 20 saves on the night. Lyndsey Fry added an empty-net goal with 51 seconds to play in the game to seal the 2-0 victory.

A pair of first-period power-play tallies put the Crimson in a 2-0 hole against the Big Red, but rookie Sarah Edney got Harvard on the board with her first collegiate tally to close the first period. Cornell reclaimed a two-goal cushion midway through the middle stanza, but freshman Hillary Crowe answered back with her first collegiate goal, and a Kaitlin Spurling marker tied the game at 3-3 late in the third. However, Cornell answered with two more scores in the final 7:23 to sink the Crimson by a 5-3 final. Bellamy collected a season-high 31 saves in the loss.    

Dramatic Win for Stone
While the Crimson was in New York fighting for league points last weekend, Harvard head coach Katey Stone and three Crimson players (Josephine Pucci, Michelle Picard and Jillian Dempsey) were in Sweden  with the U.S. Women's National Team competing in the Four Nations Cup.

After putting together a 2-1 record through pool play, Team USA avenged a first-round loss to Canada, topping the Canadians, 4-3 (2-1) in a shootout to claim the tournament crown. It was Team USA's first Four Nations title since 2008 and the team kept Canada from claiming its third-straight championship. Former Harvard stars Caitlin Cahow '07-08 and Julie Chu '06-07 were also on the United States' roster.

Spreading The Wealth
Through four games this season, 12 of the 15 Harvard skaters that have seen action have scored points. Ten different players have scored goals this season, while assists have been recorded by 10 players as well.  

Thanks For Helping
Against No. 2/2 Cornell, sophomore Kalley Armstrong assisted on all three of Harvard's goals. It was the first multi-assist game of her career, and the three points were also a career best. Armstrong's first multi-point game came against Quinnipiac Feb. 5, 2011, when she netted a pair of goals in a 3-2 Crimson victory.  

Welcome Additions
All four freshmen position players have made an impact already this season. Through just four games, all four rookies have logged at least one point. Hillary Crowe and Samantha Reber are pacing the class of 2015 with 1-1-2 points each while Sarah Edney scored against Cornell and Michelle Picard logged an assist against Clarkson.  

Harvard in Home Openers
While the Crimson has gone 0-1-2 in its last three home openers, the team has been strong over the past decade in such games. Harvard is 7-1-2 in home openers since the 2001-02 season, compiling seven straight victories from 2001-2007. Harvard is 15-16-2 all-time in home openers.     
Pucci Please
With a pair of assists in the St. Lawrence game and a goal and an assist against Clarkson, Josephine Pucci extended her team-leading point streak to seven games, dating back to last season. The streak started with a goal in Harvard's 7-0 win over Colgate Feb. 18, 2011, and was highlighted by her three-assist night in an 8-3 blowout of St. Lawrence in the ECAC Quarterfinals Feb. 26. Pucci has goals in five of the seven games during the scoring stretch.

Road Warriors
Harvard began its season with four-straight road contests for the first time since the 2002-03 season. That season got off to a hot start as well, as the Crimson went 3-1-0 in its first four games. Harvard topped Vermont (13-0), Dartmouth (9-2) and Minnesota Duluth (2-1) before dropping a 4-3 decision at Minnesota.   

After downing St. Lawrence and Clarkson, two teams that were receiving votes in both major polls, in its season-opening weekend,  the Crimson jumped up to No. 10 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com polls.

Crimson, White and Blue
Three current members and two formers members of the Crimson were on the U.S. roster for the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden. Josephine Pucci played in her fourth tournament with the team, having earned a spot on the roster prior to the 2010 Four Nations Tournament. Jillian Dempsey made her second appearance with the team after debuting at the 12 Nations Tournament this summer, and Michelle Picard made her debut  with the U.S. National team. Veterans Julie Chu  and Caitlin Cahow were also on the roster for the 2011 Four Nations Cup.     

First Things First
Over the past three seasons, Harvard is a combined 32-3-2 when scoring first and 8-16-7 when conceding the first goal. Harvard picked up wins against St. Lawrence and Clarkson Oct. 28-29, scoring first against the Golden Knights and conceding the first goal against the Saints. The Crimson was 13-1-0 last season when netting the first goal of the game.