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No. 5 Women's Hockey to Celebrate Seniors, Face St. Lawrence, No. 6/7 Clarkson

The Harvard seniors have gone 79-32-12 during their four years in Cambridge (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard hosts St. Lawrence and Clarkson at Bright Hockey Center in the final weekend series of the season. The Crimson will honor the class of 2013 Saturday after the conclusion of the game against Clarkson.

Parking Advisory
Due to construction on North Harvard Street and the Anderson Memorial Bridge, fans traveling to Harvard home events this weekend are advised to allow more time to arrive.

Harvard athletics has several home contests slated for Feb. 22-24, and with many events occurring at the same time, fans should allow more time to arrive and park their vehicles in the appropriate Harvard parking areas.

More information on directions to the Harvard Athletics Complex is available here. 

Follow From Home
The game will be available to follow via live stats and live video. To access the respective pages, follow the links at the top. Also, 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. 

The ECAC Race (Conference Page)
The Crimson has clinched at least third place in the league, meaning Harvard will host a first-round series at Bright Hockey Center March 1-3. Bright will play host to the ECAC championship if the Crimson can come away with at least five points in its last three games. Harvard sits tied with Cornell in the standings, but the Big Red has played one more game than the Crimson entering the weekend. Clarkson is also in the mix, one point behind the two tops teams with two games left on the schedule.

Scoreboard Watching
Crimson fans will have their eyes on Cornell this weekend, as only Harvard, Clarkson and the Big Red can claim the ECAC title. Cornell plays at RPI Friday at 7 p.m. and at Union on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Big Red beat Union, 8-1, Feb. 1 and RPI, 3-1, Feb. 2 earlier this season. Clarkson is at Dartmouth Friday.

Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson (20-4-2, 16-2-1 ECAC) has won 20 games for the second straight year, and 11th time overall, with one of the best defenses in the country. Senior Laura Bellamy is the NCAA leader in goals-against average (0.89) and save percentage (.952), while freshman Emerance Maschmeyer is not far behind with a 1.24 GAA because of her 94.3 percent save rate. The two have combined to give Harvard a 1.08 goals-against average, the second best figure in the nation. 

At the other end, senior Jillian Dempsey paces the Crimson's first line, along with juniors Kalley Armstrong and Lyndsey Fry. Dempsey is tied for second in the conference with 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) and Fry ranks fifth with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists). Armstrong has contributed ten goals this season, including five game-winners, which is the eighth-best total in the nation.

Last Time Out (Recap | Box Score)

Harvard moved one step closer to earning home ice throughout the ECAC playoffs with a 5-2 win over Brown Tuesday night at Bright. Jillian Dempsey, who broke into Harvard's top ten in career points with two assists on the day to total 145 points in her four years, gave the Crimson the opportunity to claim home ice if it gets five points in the final three games. Both of Dempsey's assists went to Lyndsey Fry, the game's first star. Hillary Crowe, Kaitlin Spurling and Mary Parker also picked up goals for the Crimson, which outshot Brown, 52-15. Freshman Emerance Maschmeyer earned her eighth win of the year in net by making 13 saves.


Scouting the Saints (Team Page)
St. Lawrence (17-11-4, 12-5-3 ECAC) is 3-0-2 in its last five games after losing in back-to-back contests against Harvard and Clarkson. Freshman Kelly Sabatine is the leading scorer for the Saints, bringing totals of 15 goals, 19 assists and 34 points to Cambridge. Sophomore Amanda Boulier leads the team in assists with 22 and is tied with junior Rylee Smith for second on the team with 29 points.
In net, sophomore Carmen MacDonald has started all but two games for St. Lawrence and owns a 15-11-3 record. She has blocked 92 percent of shots and has allowed 2.24 goals per game. MacDonald made 43 saves against Harvard Jan. 26 in one of her best games of the season. 

Series History - St. Lawrence
Harvard leads the series against St. Lawrence, 35-12-5, since the teams first met in 1984. Earlier this season, Kalley Armstrong scored an OT goal to give the Crimson a 3-2 win at SLU. In 2011-12, the Crimson swept the regular-season series with the Saints, 7-1 and 6-1, but fell, 2-1 (OT), in the ECAC semifinals. 

Last Meeting - St. Lawrence (Recap | Box Score | Video)
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. In its second overtime contest of the season, Harvard outshot SLU, 46-32, including 19 attempts during the third period. Laura Bellamy totaled 30 saves to earn a hard-fought win in net.

Scouting the Golden Knights (Team Page)
Clarkson (24-8-0, 16-4-0 ECAC), which is one win away from posting a new program record, has won three of its last four, but had a surprising loss to Princeton, 4-1, at home last weekend. The Tigers, who used three third-period goals to get past the Golden Knights, were outshot, 41-20, in the contest. Clarkson rebounded for a 1-0 win over Quinnipiac in its last game thanks to a Carly Mercer score with five seconds left in the third period. Mercer, a junior, is second on the team with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists), while classmate Jamie Lee Rattray paces Clarkson with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists). Freshman Erin Ambrose also has 30 points (4 goals, 26 assists) this season.

In net, junior Erica Howe has started all but one game for the Golden Knights. Howe has a 23-8-0 record with a 93.3 save percentage and 1.65 GAA. She ranks ninth in the nation in GAA and eights in save percentage.

Series History - Clarkson

Harvard is 16-6-2 all-time against Clarkson. The Crimson had won three straight in the series before the Golden Knights won Jan. 25. 

Last Meeting - Clarkson (Recap | Box Score | Video)
Harvard was penalized seven times and the Crimson paid for it in the form of a 3-1 loss at No. 7 Clarkson Jan. 25. Kalley Armstrong scored the Crimson's lone goal, but Clarkson junior Carly Mercer had the upper hand with three goals, including two on the power play. The Golden Knights scored twice in the third period to clinch the victory over Emerance Maschmeyer, who made 22 saves for Harvard.

The Harvard Class of 2013
This weekend marks the last at Bright Hockey Center for the Harvard Class of 2013. The seniors have been one of the best groups in Harvard history, helping to produce 20 wins in three of their four seasons on campus. 

Records

Overall - 79-32-12
ECAC - 60-17-8
Ivy - 24-10-5
At Bright - 46-12-4

Superlatives

• Beanpot title in 2010
• NCAA tournament appearance in 2010
• Ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in 2012-13
• Two ECAC Student Athlete of the Year finalists in Laura Bellamy (2012) and Kelsey Romatoski (2013). 
• All five Harvard seniors skaters have topped the 100 games played mark for their respective careers. 

Crowe's Recent Run

Hillary Crowe is riding a career high five-game point streak after dishing off another assist Tues. versus Brown. 

Reber's New Mark
Samantha Reber has tied her career high with a four-game point streak.

Spurling Saves the Best for Last
Kaitlin Spurling has played her two best games of the season during Harvard's last two outings. The senior, who had yet to produce a multi-point game before Feb. 16, has gone for three points and two points in the two contests since. Spurling has never gone three straight games with 2+ points and her best three-game span was seven points Jan. 27-31, 2012. Seven points is also her best four-game run. 

Winning Seasons
Harvard has clinched its 15th consecutive season with a record of .500 or better. Last year, Harvard completed its 14th consecutive winning season with a 22-9-1 campaign. The Crimson earned the ECAC's No. 2 seed and advanced to the tournament's semifinals before falling to St. Lawrence, 2-1 in overtime.

A Total Of 20 
Harvard has hit the 20-win mark for the second straight year. The Crimson has won 20 games in eight of the last 11 seasons and owns 11, 20-win seasons overall. All of the program's 20-win years have come under Katey Stone.

Defending Home Ice
Harvard has killed 38 straight penalties at Bright Hockey Center dating back to Nov. 23 against Colgate. The Raiders scored on the Crimson penalty kill's second appearance on the Bright ice this season during Harvard's home opener. The Crimson has since nixed every penalty in 9+ games to go 10-0-0 at home before the weekend began. The Crimson had won 17 straight at home.

One of the Greats
Katey Stone 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 – 559
2. Jerry York, BC – 464
3. Jack Parker, BU – 460
4. Richard Umile, UNH – 453
5. George Gwozdehy, Denver – 438
6. Katey Stone, Harvard – 398

Mic'd Up
Katey Stone wore a mic for the Crimson's game against Brown on Tuesday. See what it's like to sit on the bench with Harvard's women's hockey team during its "Sights and Sounds" video. 



Up Next
Harvard concludes the regular season schedule against Yale Feb. 26 at Bright. The game, which was rescheduled from Feb. 8 due to Winter Storm Nemo, is slated for 7 p.m.