Yale Concludes No. 7 Women's Hockey's Regular Season Tuesday

Yale Concludes No. 7 Women's Hockey's Regular Season Tuesday

Samantha Reber has had one of the best months of her college career in February (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard plays its final regular season game of the season Tuesday night when Yale visits Bright Hockey Center at 7 p.m.

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)
Harvard will be the No. 3 seed in the ECAC playoffs and face sixth-seeded Dartmouth this weekend at Bright Hockey Center. The Crimson and Big Green will play a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the ECAC semifinals.

The Ivy Title (Conference Page)
The Crimson has a chance to earn a share of its first Ivy title since 2009, and 11th overall, with a win over Yale. Harvard sits at 7-1-1 against Ancient Eight opponents, while Cornell, which has finished its 2012-13 slate, is 8-1-1.

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 faced a 2-0 deficit at Bright Hockey Center for the first time this season and could not dig itself out of the hole, as the Crimson fell, 3-1, to No. 6/7 Clarkson Saturday afternoon. Miye D'Oench scored Harvard's only goal and Emerance Maschmeyer and Laura Bellamy combined for 20 saves. The Crimson put more shots on net during the game than Clarkson, 40-23, but the Golden Knight's Erica Howe came up with 39 saves. Maschmeyer had seven stops in the first period, before being relieved by Bellamy, who made 13 saves the rest of the way.

Scouting the Bulldogs (Team Page)
Yale (5-20-3, 4-14-3 ECAC) missed the playoffs by finishing in 10th place of the ECAC standings. The Bulldogs played the role of spoiler in the team's last outing, a 4-2 win over Princeton. The Tigers entered the game one point ahead of Colgate for the final playoff spot, but three third-period goals from Yale ended Princeton's season.

Yale's freshmen have carried the squad in 2012-13, as three of the four players with double-digit points are freshmen. Kate Martini (16 points) is the Bulldogs' leading scorer, while classmates Jamie Haddad (12) and Janelle Ferrara (12) and junior Tara Tomimoto (14) also have more than 10 points.

Sophomore Jaimie Leonoff has started all but two games in net for the Bulldogs and comes to Bright with a 4-19-3 record. She has allowed 2.86 goals per game, while making 92.4 percent of saves.

Series History
The Crimson has dominated the all-time series against Yale, building a 63-7-3 lead since the team's first met in 1979. The 62 wins represent the most the Crimson has against any opponent during the 35-year history of the program. Harvard is 13-1-0 against the Bulldogs since 2005-06, the last time Yale earned a win in the series. Emerance Maschmeyer blanked Yale with 12 saves and Jillian Dempsey scored two goals to give the Crimson a 4-0 win in New Haven, Conn., Nov. 3.

Last Meeting - Yale (Recap | Box Score)
The Crimson put 48 shots on net, while limiting Yale to 12, to beat the Bulldogs, 4-0, Nov. 3. Jillian Dempsey scored twice and Lyndsey Fry and Kaitlin Spurling also added goals. Emerance Maschmeyer stopped all 12 Yale shots to earn her first career shutout.

Crowe's Recent Run
Hillary Crowe went on a career-high six-game point streak from Feb. 5-Feb. 22. She tallied seven points, including four goals, during the run.

Reber's New Mark
Samantha Reber set a new career high with a five-game point streak after adding an assist Feb. 22.

Spurling Saves the Best for Last
Kaitlin Spurling went on the second-best three-game run of her career Feb. 16-22. She scored four goals and had two assists for six points, one shy of her career best achieved Jan. 27-31, 2012. 

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. 

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 will host the ECAC quarterfinals, as Dartmouth makes the trip from Hanover, N.H., for a three-game set. The Crimson defeated the Big Green, 6-0, in Dartmouth's previous trip to Bright Nov. 30, but tied, 2-2, at Thompson Arena Feb. 1.

White the Bright Rescheduled
Harvard's first ever "White the Bright" game, which was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 8 versus Yale, was postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo. The promotion has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. when Harvard and Dartmouth square off in game two of the ECAC quarterfinals. Click here for the original "White the Bright" release.