No. 3/4 Women's Hockey Travels to Dartmouth for Contest on FCS Atlantic

No. 3/4 Women's Hockey Travels to Dartmouth for Contest on FCS Atlantic
Gina McDonald scored a short-handed goal the last time Harvard and Dartmouth met, a 6-0 win for the Crimson Nov. 30 (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's ice hockey team aims to stay atop the ECAC with a matchup against Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H., Friday night. 

Follow From Home
The game will be available to follow via live stats and also be aired live on Fox College Sports Atlantic. Eric Frede and Sonny Watrous will be on the call for FCS. Also, follow @HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockey on Twitter for updates.

Related Links: No. 2 Women's Hockey's Feb. 1 Matchup at Dartmouth to Air on Fox College Sports

Around the ECAC (Conference Page)
All 12 ECAC teams are in action this weekend. Clarkson and St. Lawrence play a pivotal home-and-home, Yale and Brown travel to Quinnipiac and Princeton, while Cornell and Colgate host Union and RPI.

Last Time Out
Facing a third-period deficit for just the fourth time this season, Harvard came back to top St. Lawrence, 3-2, in overtime Jan. 26 at Appleton Arena. Jillian Dempsey provided the tying score with six minutes left in regulation and Kalley Armstrong found the back of the net to send the Crimson home a winner 2:10 into OT.

Related Link: Armstrong's OT Goal Lifts No. 2 Women's Hockey Over St. Lawrence, 3-2

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson (17-2-1, 14-1-0 ECAC) has been the top defensive team in 2012-13, allowing just 17 goals over the course of 20 games. Senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer have split time at goaltender throughout the year and have posted the two best goals-against averages in the country at 0.68 and 1.10, respectively. Bellamy leads the country in save percentage (.962) and has five shutouts this season and both goalies have only one loss apiece. On the offensive side, Jillian Dempsey paces Harvard with 38 points, including 22 goals and 16 assists. Junior Lyndsey Fry leads the team with 17 assists, while scoring 11 goals. The pair has combined with junior Kalley Armstrong, who has five game-winning goals, to provide the Crimson with one of the top first lines in the country.  

Scouting Dartmouth (Team Page)
Dartmouth (12-7-3, 7-6-2 ECAC) dropped two contests in the North Country last weekend. The Big Green had St. Lawrence tied, 1-1, in the third period, before falling, 2-1, and were shutout by No. 7 Clarkson, 5-0, the next night. Senior Reagan Fischer, Dartmouth's leading scorer, scored the only goal for the Big Green on the weekend. Fischer has totaled 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points, just ahead of classmate Camille Dumais' 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists). In net, junior Lindsay Holdcroft has gone 11-6-3 this season, while sophomore Katie Milligan is 1-1-0. Holdcroft brings a .903 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average to Friday's matchup. 

Series History
Dartmouth holds a slight 41-37-2 advantage over Harvard in the all-time series between the two teams, but the Crimson has won the last two matchups. On Nov. 30, Harvard scored three first-period goals and dominated on the defensive end en route to a 6-0 win over Dartmouth at Bright Hockey Center (Box Score | Recap). Lyndsey Fry paced the team with two goals and one assist and Jillian Dempsey added a goal and two assists. Laura Bellamy made 26 saves in net for the Crimson.

Top Goalies
Harvard senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer are two of the top goaltenders in the nation. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.68) and save percentage (.962), with Maschmeyer ranking second in the nation in GAA (1.10) and third in save percentage (.939). The NCAA record for GAA is 0.83 (Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin, 2007), while the save percentage mark is .955 (Christine Dufour, Wisconsin, 2007). 

Related Link: NCAA Statistics 

Killin' It
Harvard has denied its opponents in 63 of 67 power-play opportunities this season, including 35 straight kills over the course of 10+ games from Nov. 27 at Northeastern until Jan. 25 at Clarkson. The Crimson kill is the top-ranked unit in the country at 94.0 percent, ahead of Cornell's 91.7.-percent (99/108) mark. The NCAA record for penalty kill percentage is 95.7 percent (112/117), set by the 2003 Crimson.

One of the Greats
Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is quickly approaching 400 wins for her career, all at Harvard. She will be one of six coaches in all of NCAA Division I hockey (men's or women's) to win 400 games at one school over the last 20 years.
1. Red Berenson, Michigan – 557
2. Jerry York, BC – 460   
2t. Jack Parker, BU – 460
4. Richard Umile, UNH – 452
5. George Gwozdehy, Denver – 436
6. Katey Stone, Harvard – 395

Dempsey's Hot Streak
Jillian Dempsey ended a 30-game point streak, what was the longest active run in the country, Jan. 18. She has tallied at least one point in 18 of 20 games this season, including a dozen multi-point efforts.

Dempsey Dominates ECAC Awards
Jillian Dempsey, who is three points from Harvard's top 10 in career points, was named the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Player of the Month for December after leading the conference in goals with five in just two contests. She is the first player in the two-year history of the award to win in back-to-back months as she earned the November award as well. Dating back to last season, the co-captain has now won three of the last four player of the month honors. She was nominated for January's Player of the Month nod, which will be announced later this week.

Related Link: Dempsey Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for Third Time in 2012-13 

In the Rankings
The Crimson is ranked No. 3 in the USCHO poll and No. 4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine list after previously being ranked No. 2 in each a week ago. Harvard has not been No. 1 in the USCHO poll since March 10, 2008.

Related Link: NCAA Rankings 

The Crimson went on a 14-game unbeaten streak before losing to Clarkson, 3-1, Jan. 25. Here's the list of the top unbeaten streaks in program history
1. 30 - 1998-99
2. 27 - 2002-03
3. 21 - 2003-04   
3t. 21 - 2007-08
5. 14 - 2003-04   
5t. 14 - 2012-13

Get Ahead, Stay Ahead
Harvard has scored first in 17 of 20 games this season and has led during 62.2 percent of time on the ice (751:04). The Crimson has trailed only 7.4 percent of the time (89:20) and been tied for 30.4 percent of action (366:46).

D is the Key
The Crimson's defense, led by the goaltending tandem of Emerance Maschmeyer and Laura Bellamy, has been the second toughest to score on in the country this season. Harvard has allowed 0.85 goals per game to rank second in scoring defense. Minnesota sits in first at 0.77 GAA. The NCAA record for scoring defense is 0.85, set by Wisconsin in 2007, while Harvard's mark of 1.00 in 2008 is the second-best in a single year.

Winning the Kill
Before Harvard's game at Clarkson Jan. 25, the Crimson had scored more goals than opponents while on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored three short-handed goals and had previously allowed two power-play tallies, before Clarkson struck twice with skater-advantages.

Formerly Flawless Third
Harvard did not allow a third-period goal in its first thirteen ECAC games of the season. The Crimson let up tallies in the final frame of the regulation in both games last weekend.

Back of the Net
The Crimson's offense has been stellar this season, posting 3.85 goals per game in its first 21 contests. Harvard's offensive output is ranked fifth in the NCAA to combine with its 0.85 goals against average for a 3.00 scoring margin. Only Minnesota (4.88) has a higher mark.

Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (14-0-0), leading after two periods (14-0-0), scoring first (16-0-1), outshooting opponents (16-0-1), scoring three or more goals (14-0-0), in games decided by three or more goals (11-0-0), and in Ivy League contests (6-0-0).

Strong Start
Harvard is off to one of its best starts in program history with 17 wins in its first 20 games. This is the quickest the Crimson's has posted 17 wins since starting the 2007-08 campaign 17-1-0.

Armstrong for the Win
Kalley Armstrong has tallied eight goals this season and five have counted as the game-winner, including her OT tally in Harvard's last outing. She currently ranks tied for fifth in the NCAA in the category and has the highest percentage of goals counting as game-winners of any player in the top five.

Unlucky No. 7
Both of Harvard's losses this season have come to a team ranked No. 7 in the polls.

Up Next - 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. 

Related Link: Women's Hockey Looks to Break Program's Attendance Record at "White the Bright"