Freshman Dylanne Crugnale picked up an assist against Princeton Jan. 11 (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The No. 2/3 Harvard women's hockey team steps out of conference play to take on Connecticut tonight. The Crimson will look to improve on its 2-1-1 record against non-ECAC opponents.
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The game will be available to follow via live stats and live video. To access the respective pages, follow the links at the top. Follow @HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockey on Twitter for updates from the games. Live video streaming of all Crimson home games will be available by subscription through GoCrimson.com with the official voice of Harvard women's hockey, Eric Steckling, on the call. A pregame interview with head coach Katey Stone will also be available via Twitter.
Last Time Out
The No. 2 Harvard women's hockey team continued its dominance of ECAC Hockey opponents, downing Quinnipiac, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at Bright Hockey Center. Jillian Dempsey and Miye D'Oench both had a goal and an assist on the night to help the Crimson improve to 11-0-0 in ECAC play and 13-1-1 overall. Kalley Armstrong and Samantha Reber both had tallies with Armstrong's her fourth game-winner of the year, while Lyndsey Fry picked up two assists for the second night in a row. Hillary Crowe eand Kelsey Romatoski also added helpers, and Emerance Maschmeyer made 18 saves in net for her second shutout of the season and the Crimson's second in as many nights.
Related Link: No. 2 Women's Hockey Continues ECAC Dominance, Downs Quinnipiac 4-0
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard (13-1-1, 11-0-0 ECAC) is off to one of its best starts in program history, having won 13 of its first 15. Crimson players litter the national charts in nearly every major statistic, with senior co-captain Jillian Dempsey leading the way. The Winthrop, Mass., native is riding a 29-game point streak and ranks No. 2 in the country in goals per game (1.20) and No. 3 in points per game (2.27). With the early season success, Dempsey has climbed to No. 12 on Harvard's all-time scoring chart (69 goals, 68 assists, 137 points) and is within seven points of cracking the top ten. On the other end of the ice, the Crimson has two of the top goalies in the NCAA. Senior co-captain Laura Bellamy leads the nation in goals-against average (0.52) and save percentage (.972), while freshman Emerance Maschmeyer follows close behind. The newcomer, who is one of two undefeated netminders in college hockey (6-0-1), ranks No. 2 in GAA (0.85) and No. 3 in save percentage (.951).
Scouting the Huskies (Team Page)
Connecticut (3-16-2, 1-8-0 Hockey East) sits in seventh place of the eight-team Hockey East conference. Freshman Michela Cava has been a bright spot for the Huskies as she leads the team with eight goals and 14 points. She currently ranks tied for 19th in the NCAA for points among fellow newcomers. Freshman Elaine Chuli has played 15 games in net for the Huskies, while junior Sarah Moses has seen action in nine contests. Chuli leads the team with a 3.65 goals-against average, but Moses has a slight edge in save percentage, .901 to .895, over Chuli.
Harvard has won two straight matchups against the Huskies and leads the all-time series 12-3-0. Since the teams first met in 1980, the Crimson has outscored Connecticut, 91-26.
Harvard senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer have been two of the top goaltenders in the nation to start the season. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.52) and save percentage (.972), with Maschmeyer ranking second in the nation in GAA (0.85) and third in save percentage (.951). Only Noora Räty of Minnesota is also allowing less than one goal per game ( 0.95) while saving more than 95% of shots (.955).
Harvard has denied its opponents in 48 of 50 power-play opportunities it has given up this season. The Crimson kill is the top-ranked unit in the country at 96 percent, ahead of Minnesota's 91.7 percent (88/96) mark.
Around the ECAC
Eight conference teams will play ECAC games this weekend. Besides Harvard and travel partner Dartmouth hosting Union and RPI, Clarkson and St. Lawrence visit Cornell and Colgate, while Brown and Yale play a home-and-home on Thursday and Saturday. The marquee contests of the weekend will happen in Ithaca, N.Y., as the Big Red, which are tied for fourth in the league, welcome fourth-place counterpart St. Lawrence and second-place Clarkson.
Dempsey Dominates ECAC Awards
Jillian Dempsey was named the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Player of the Month for December after leading the conference in goals with five in just two contests and was also named the conference's player of the week Jan. 8. She is the first player in the two-year history of the award to win in back-to-back months. Dating back to last season, the co-captain has now won three of the last four player of the month honors. Dempsey started the month with four goals in an 8-1 rout of Providence, before netting the game-tying goal in the third period of an eventual 2-2 draw at New Hampshire. was named the ECAC Player of the Month for November after leading Harvard to a 6-1-0 record with six goals, eight assists and 14 points. She earned ECAC Player of the Week honors Jan. 8 by having a six-point weekend at Union and RPI.
Related Link: Dempsey Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for Third Time in 2012-13
Dempsey's Hot Streak
Jillian Dempsey, who ranks third in the country with 2.32 points per game, second in goals per game (1.20) and seventh in assists per game (1.07), is riding a career-high 29-game point streak. Dempsey extended her point streak Jan. 12 with a goal and an assist vs. Quinnipiac.
Get Ahead, Stay Ahead
Harvard has yet to trail in an ECAC contest this season, while holding a lead during 76.8 percent of the time. Overall, Harvard has held the lead 65.8 percent of the time, trailed 7.1 percent and been tied 27.0 percent.
Sarah Edney skated with the Canadian Women's Development Team during the 2013 Meco Cup, helping the squad to the gold medal at the Füssen Arena Jan. 6. Former Crimson goalie Christina Kessler '10 also starred for the Canadians at the event. Edney added Canada's eighth goal in the team's 8-3 win over Russia in the gold-medal match, while Kessler started in goal and picked put the win. The empty-net tally was the first of the tournament for Edney, a sophomore defender from Mississauga, Ont. Kessler also added a 4-0 shutout victory in Canada's first preliminary game against Switzerland.
Related Link: Edney Helps Canada's Development Team to Meco Cup Gold
In the Rankings
The Crimson is ranked No. 2 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings and No. 3 in the USCHO poll. Harvard was ranked No. 2 by USCHO, but fell to No. 3 this week despite outscoring Princeton, 3-0, and Quinnipiac, 4-0, last weekend. The No. 2 spot is Harvard's highest ranking in the polls since coming in at No. 1 in the USCHO poll on March 10, 2008.
Related Link: NCAA Rankings
Winning the Kill
During ECAC play, Harvard has scored more goals than opponents while the Crimson is on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored two short-handed goals and has allowed its opponents to score just one power-play tally.
Harvard has not allowed a third-period goal in eleven ECAC games, it is the only team to have blanked all of its opponents in any period.
D is the Key
The Crimson's defense, led by the goaltending tandem of Emerance Maschmeyer and Laura Bellamy, has been the toughest to score on in the country this season. Harvard has allowed just 0.67 goals per game to rank first in scoring defense. Minnesota sits in second at 0.82 GAA. Harvard is the only team in the NCAA to not have allowed more than two goals in a single game this season.
Related Link: NCAA Statistics
Back of the Net
The Crimson's offense has been stellar this season, posting 4.31 goals per game in its first 13 contests. Harvard's offensive output is ranked fourth in the NCAA to combine with its 0.77 goals against average for a 3.54 scoring margin. Only Minnesota (5.10) and Mercyhurst (3.00) have also topped opponents by more than three goals per game.
Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (12-0-0), leading after two periods (11-0-0), scoring first (13-0-1), outshooting opponents (12-0-1), scoring three or more goals (9-0-0), in night games (8-0-0), in the ECAC (11-0-0), in the Ivy League (7-0-0), on Fridays (7-0-0) and Saturdays (5-0-1).
The Crimson is undefeated in its last ten games for the third longest active streak in the country. Boston College, Harvard's first round opponent in the Beanpot, has not lost in its last 17 games (15-0-2) and Minnesota has won its first 22 games of the season. The Gophers' season-opening streak has helped Minnesota win its last 30 games to set a new NCAA record, topping Harvard's previous mark of 21 set in 2008.
Harvard is off to one of its best starts in program history with 13 wins in its first 15 games. This is the quickest the Crimson's has posted 13 wins since starting the 2007-08 campaign 13-1-0.
Spreading The Wealth
Michelle Picard and Abigail Harris became the 13th and 14th Crimson players to score this season with their first career goals at Union Jan. 4. Overall, 17 Harvard players have registered at least one point this season.
Armstrong for the Win
Kalley Armstong has tallied six goals this season and four have counted as the game-winner. She scored the initial goal in a shutout of Brown Nov. 2 and has followed with Harvard's second goal in 3-1 wins over No. 2 Cornell and No. 9 Northeastern and the first goal in a win over Quinnipiac. Armstrong is tied for the third in the nation with her four game-winners.
Three Crimson skaters, Jillian Dempsey, Lyndsey Fry and Michell Picard, and head coach Katey Stone traveled to Blaine, Minn., during the final six days of 2012 for the U.S. Women's National Team Winter Camp. Stone, who doubles as Team USA's head coach, ran the camp which featured two days of physical fitness testing, three days of practice and three games. Former Crimson Julie Chu '06-07 and Caitlin Cahow '06-08 were also at the camp along with current ECAC players Jordan Smelker (RPI), Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac) and Alyssa Gagliardi (Cornell).
Related Link: Dempsey, Fry, Picard to Participate in U.S. Women's National Team Winter Camp
White the Bright
Harvard will host its first "White the Bright" game Feb. 8 when archrival Yale visits Bright Hockey Center with the goal of breaking the program's single game attendance record. The Crimson's record since women's hockey became an NCAA sport is 1,921 fans, set Jan. 11, 2004 in a matchup against Dartmouth. Harvard will provide a number of ways to receive free tickets, while also having free giveaways and gameday promotions for fans. For more information, visit GoCrimson.com.
Related Link: Women's Hockey Looks to Break Program's Attendance Record at "White the Bright
The Crimson hosts Rensselaer and Union this weekend at Bright Hockey Center to conclude a five-game homestand.