Ranked Beanpot Foes No. 6/5 Harvard Women’s Hockey, No. 7/7 BU Faceoff Sunday

Ranked Beanpot Foes No. 6/5 Harvard Women’s Hockey, No. 7/7 BU Faceoff Sunday

Michelle Picard has anchored the Crimson defense that has allowed just one goal this season (photo Gil Talbot).

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 The Harvard women's hockey team will play its first non-conference game of the season when it makes the short trip to Boston University's Walter Brown Arena Sunday. BU will be the Crimson's first opponent ranked in the top ten as the Terriers come in at No. 7/7, while Harvard sits at No. 6/5.

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  • The No. 6/5 @harvardcrimson women's ice hockey team makes the short trip to BU to take on the No. 7/7 Terriers Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • [email protected] women's ice hockey is the highest ranked Beanpot team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, coming in at No. 5 

Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson (4-0-0, 4-0-0 ECAC) is off to an undefeated, untied start after four games for the first time since 2007-08 when it won its first 11 contests. Harvard's defense has been one of the best in the country thus far in 2012-13. The Crimson's goalie tandem of senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer has allowed just one goal in the first four games, while making 63 saves for a .984 save percentage. Bellamy has registered two shutouts and Maschmeyer earned her first clean slate in Harvard's last outing at Yale.

Harvard's offense has also been impressive, averaging 4.50 goals per contest. Senior Jillian Dempsey leads the squad with 10 points, including six goals, and is riding an 18-game points streak. Junior Lyndsey Fry, who was part of Team USA's gold-medal winning club at the Four Nations Cup in Finland, has tallied four goals and four assists.

Scouting BU
Boston University (7-3-1, 3-2-1 Hockey East) had started the season 7-1-1 before going winless in its last three outings. Most recently, BU has lost and tied No. 5/6 Boston College, 7-1 and 5-5 (OT), and dropped a 4-2 decision at New Hampshire. Against Beanpot teams this season, the Terriers are 2-1-1 with a 1-1-1 record against BC and a 4-1 win at Northeastern.

Boston University's offense has been one of the best in the country so far as they rank seventh in the NCAA with 3.55 goals per game. Junior Marie-Philip Poulin leads the Terriers in points with 16 (4 goals, 12 assists) and ranks eighth in the country in points per game with 1.78. Senior Isabel Menard has also contributed 15 points, while freshman Sarah Lefort leads BU with eight goals through 11 games.  Three of Lefort's tallies have been game-winners to tie her for the national lead entering the weekend.

On the defensive end, BU has allowed 2.82 goals per contest. Kerrin Sperry has seen the majority of time in goal for BU and enters the weekend with a 6-3-1 record while making .905 percent of saves and allowing 2.67 goals per game. Alissa Fomkin is 1-1 with a  2.46 GAA and .889 save percentage. BU hosts Providence Friday night before taking on the Crimson Sunday

Last Time Out
Harvard shutout Brown, 3-0, and Yale, 4-0, for a pair of ECAC wins Nov. 2-3. Senior Laura Bellamy shutout the Bears, while the Crimson limited Brown to five shots on target, and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer picked up her first career shutout by making 12 saves at Yale. Jillian Dempsey extended her career-high points streak to 18 games in the victories. The senior co-captain has tallied 22 goals and 14 assists during the run.

Related Articles: No. 6 Women's Hockey Blanks Yale, 4-0, to Start 2012-13 with Fourth Straight Road Win

Series History
The Crimson leads the all-time series against BU, 21-8. Harvard won 20 straight games against the Terriers from 1981-2009, but Boston University has come away with wins in each of the last two meetings. Last season, BU knocked off Harvard, 5-2, in the first round of the Beanpot.

Four Nations
The USA Women's National Hockey Team, coached by Harvard's Katey Stone, captured gold at the Four Nations Cup tournament held in Vantaa, Finland Nov. 6-10. Stone had three Crimson skaters in red, white and blue on the ice including current players Lyndsey Fry and Michelle Picard and Harvard graduate Julie Chu '06-07. Fry led the Harvard players with a goal and two assists, while Picard and Chu each registered one assist during the tournament. 

Related Article: Stone, Fry, Picard Lead Team USA to Gold at Four Nations Cup in Finland 

Easy Transition
Harvard's newcomers have made an immediate impact on the ice in the first four games. Five freshman skaters have combined for two goals and six assists on the young season. Mary Parker leads the class with a goal and four assists, while Miye D'Oench has added one score and one helper.

Rising in the Rankings
The Crimson jumped three spots to No. 6 , where Harvard still stands, in the Nov. 5 USCHO rankings. The Crimson is No. 5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The move earned Harvard its highest spot in the poll since ending the 2009-10 season at No. 4. In each of the last two seasons, the Crimson was ranked as high as No. 7 on multiple occasions. 

Related Link: Complete NCAA Rankings

Killin' It
Harvard has denied its opponents in each of the ten power-play opportunities it has given up this season. Since the start of the calendar year, the Crimson has allowed just seven power-play goals in 24 games, and has killed 81 of 88 opponent power plays.

Strong Start
Harvard completed a trio­ of accomplishments that the program had not matched in recent years with four road victories to start the year. 
Last 4-0 start: 2007-08 (won first 11)
Last four-game road winning streak: Dec. 17, 2008-Oct. 30, 2009 (won eight in a row)
Last time starting the season with four straight road wins: 2007-08 (won first five) 

Road Warriors
The Crimson starts the 2012-13 campaign with five straight games on the road. The only other time Harvard has begun the year with its first five contests on the road was 1992-93.

Up Next
Harvard will play its first two home games of the year at Bright Hockey Center next weekend. The Crimson hosts Colgate Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. and No. 2/2 Cornell Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.