No. 8 Women's Hockey Looks to Secure Second Place Against Brown, Yale

No. 8 Women's Hockey Looks to Secure Second Place Against Brown, Yale

Senior captain Alisa Baumgartner looks to lead the Crimson to the No. 2 seed in the final ECAC standings (Gil Talbot).

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The Particulars

With home ice for the ECAC tournament quarterfinals locked up, the Harvard women's hockey team looks to secure the No. 2 seed in the final ECAC standings as it hosts Brown and Yale in its final regular-season weekend of the 2011-12 season. 

Series History
The all-time series with the Brown Bears has been one of Harvard's more competitive series, as the Crimson holds a 39-30-5 edge in 74 all-time contests. Harvard had trouble getting off the ground against Brown, going winless in the first seven games of the series. Recently, Harvard has been the dominant team, going undefeated in the last 22 games of the series.

Kaitlin Spurling was the offensive catalyst in the teams' first meeting of the 2011-12 season, as the junior recorded her second-consecutive two-goal game in a 3-0 shutout at Meehan Auditorium. Sarah Edney joined Spurling on the scoresheet, and Laura Bellamy made 18 saves for the shutout.   

Harvard has been dominant in the series with the Bulldogs, holding a 61-7-3 record in 71 all-time matchups. The bulk of the Harvard wins were racked up during a 39-game winning streak from 1983-2004. Harvard has not lost in New Haven since 2005 and is undefeated in the last 14 matchups with Yale.

The Crimson was dominant in every facet Jan. 27th in the showdown at Ingalls Rink, humbling Yale, 8-0, in an offensive outburst. Jillian Dempsey started the scoring in the first and Spurling netted back-to-back goals to close the first with a 3-0 edge. Gina McDonald and Samantha Reber lit the lamp in the second period. Kalley Armstrong, Hillary Crowe and Elizabeth Parker scored in the third to complete the 8-0 rout. In all, seven different players scored for the Crimson and Laura Bellamy needed just nine saves to record the clean sheet.      

Last Time Out
Harvard logged its third road weekend sweep of the season as it took down Rensselaer, 4-2, Friday and slid by Union, 1-0, Saturday.

Samantha Reber got the Crimson out in front with a goal at 14:46 of the first period, and a pair of power-play goals by Marissa Gedman gave Harvard a 3-0 edge after two periods against the Engineers. Lyndsey Fry made it 4-0 Harvard just 3:29 into the third period, and the Crimson held on despite a pair of quick goals from the hosts for a 4-2 win.

A determined Union team greeted the Crimson at Messa Rink Saturday afternoon. Lyndsey Fry's goal at the end of the first period would stand as the game-winner as Laura Bellamy stopped 24 shots for her sixth shutout of the season in a narrow 1-0 victory for the Crimson.           

Break Out The Brooms
With wins over Rensselaer and Union last weekend, Harvard wrapped up its fourth and fifth series sweeps against ECAC opponents this season. Harvard has taken both games against Clarkson, St. Lawrence, Colgate, Rensselaer and Union this season and has the opportunity to claim the season series against Brown and Yale this weekend. Harvard posted five season series sweeps against ECAC teams last season and six the year before.

Two For Twenty
With wins against Brown and Yale this weekend, Harvard would hit the 20-win mark in the regular season for the first time since 2007-08.

Harvard has won 20 games in six of its last nine seasons, last hitting the 20-win mark in
2009-10. The Crimson has nine 20-win seasons in the program's history, all under current head coach Katey Stone. Harvard has finished at .500 or better 26 times in its 33-year history, including the current stretch of 13 straight winning seasons.  

Take That, New York
With half of the teams in the ECAC hailing from New York, Harvard gets at least 12 chances annualy to top a team from the Empire State. This year, Harvard compiled a 10-2 record against New York opponents, sweeping five N.Y. rivals and dropping a pair of games to Cornell.  

The Playoff Picture
Thanks to the sweep at Rensselaer and Union, coupled with a Dartmouth loss to RPI, Harvard clinched home ice for the first round of the ECAC tournament, as it can finish no worse than fourth in the regular-season conference standings. A win Friday against Brown would ensure Harvard of a top-three finish, and a pair of wins would lock up the No. 2 seed.

Clarkson stands one point behind the Crimson but takes on No. 3 Cornell and Colgate on the road in its final two games. St. Lawrence is three points back of Harvard and also faces tough road tests in the Big Red and Raiders. Should Harvard seal the No. 2 seed, it would face Princeton in the ECAC quarterfinals. If the Crimson was to drop to No. 3 in the league, it would welcome Quinnipiac to Bright for the quarterfinals.   

Spreading The Wealth
Hilary Hayssen collected her second assist of the season in Friday's 4-2 win over Rensselaer. With Hayssen's helper, every Harvard position player on the 2011-12 roster has logged multiple points on the season. The last time every Harvard non-goalie had multiple points in a season was 2001-02. Twelve different players have scored goals this season, while all 16 skaters on the roster have logged at least one assist.

Lighting The Lamp
With 96 goals on the season, Harvard has a good chance to break the 100-goal mark for the year. The last time Harvard did so was during the 2007-08 season when it tallied 120 scores in 34 games.  The Crimson enters the weekend with 70 goals in 20 ECAC games, the most since it recorded 81 in 22 conference contests in 2007-08.

Big Time Bellamy
After a stellar weekend in New Haven, Conn., and Providence, R.I., junior goalie Laura Bellamy was named ECAC Goalie of the Week Jan. 31. The honor marks the second time she has received the nod this season and third in her career.  

Bellamy didn't allow a goal in 12-straight periods of ECAC play, the longest stretch of her career. The last time a Harvard goalie had a stretch of at least three-straight shutouts was 2007-08 when Christina Kessler '10 blanked Colgate (4-0), Boston College (7-0) and St. Lawrence (2-0) in consecutive contests.

Bellamy now has 13 shutouts in her career, tying her with Erin Villiotte's '95 for third in program history. Bellamy also ranks tied for third for shutouts in a season with six, tying Villiotte (1991-92), Ali Boe '06 (2004-05) and Brittany Martin '08 (2006-07). She is currently tied for fourth in the nation with two others (Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac/ Erica Howe, Clarkson), with six clean sheets on the season.

Déjà vu
For the second time this season, Jillian Dempsey and Samantha Reber combined to capture ECAC Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, Feb. 7. Dempsey posted an eight-goal week to earn her second Player of the Week nod of 2011-12, and Reber notched a career high single-game point total against Princeton, contribting a goal and two assists in a 10-1 rout. Harvard players have now received seven weekly ECAC awards this season.      

A Whole Lotta Dempsey
Jillian Dempsey's performance against Princeton Feb. 4  was one of the top single-game performances in Harvard history.  Her five goals in the game was just one short of the NCAA record, held by former Harvard star Nicole Corriero '05 and Minnesota Duluth's Jenny Potter. In the history of the program, a Harvard player had only scored five goals in a game six times before Dempsey's showing. The last Crimson skater to net five goals in a game was 2008 Patty Kazmaier winner Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09, scoring a quintet against Cornell Feb. 9, 2007.

Dempsey entered the Princeton game with nine career two-goal games but had never collected a hat trick. The game against Princeton represents her fourth multi-goal game of the season. She enters the weekend riding a team-best nine-game point streak and has scored goals in four of her last six contests.  

Large Fry
Sophomore forward Lyndsey Fry enters the game against Brown as the No. 2 scorer on the Harvard roster. After missing the games at Brown and Boston University with a nagging injury, Fry has tallied 10 points in the five games since. She posted five assists in the 10-1 win over Princeton, had a goal and two assists against Quinnipiac and added another helper in the loss to Boston College in the Beanpot consolation game. She also netted a goal each against RPI and Union, including the game-winner against the Dutchwomen.  

Power Period
The seven goals scored in the second period against Princeton Feb. 4 tied the NCAA record for goals in a period. It is the eighth time the feat has been accomplished in NCAA history, the last time being a game between Sacred Heart and Saint Michael's Jan. 11, 2006. It is the third time a Harvard team has netted seven goals in a single frame, and first since the Crimson did it to Boston College Jan. 28, 2003 in the first period. Harvard went onto score an NCAA-record 17 goals against the Eagles in that contest.