No. 5 Harvard Women's Hockey, No. 4 BC to Meet for Frozen Four Spot

No. 5 Harvard Women's Hockey, No. 4 BC to Meet for Frozen Four Spot

The Crimson celebrate a goal during its two-game sweep of Dartmouth in the ECAC quarterfinals (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard makes the short trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on rival Boston College in the NCAA tournament. The first round game, which will be the two teams' first meeting in the postseason, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at BC's Kelley Rink at Conte Forum.  

Follow From Home
The game will be streamed live online for free and also available to follow online via live stats. To access the respective pages, follow the links at the top. Also, follow @HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockey on Twitter for updates from the game. 

What's at Stake?
The winner of Harvard and Boston College will earn a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four in Minneapolis, Minn., March 22-24. The Crimson or Eagles will meet the winner of No. 1 Minnesota and North Dakota, which play March 16 at 4 p.m. at Ridder Arena, which is also the site of the Frozen Four. It will be the sixth meeting this season between undefeated Minnesota and UND. 

Last Time Out (Recap | Box Score)

Harvard made a run to the ECAC's tournament title game, but fell to then-No. 3 Cornell, 2-1, in the championship game. The Big Red, which received the NCAA tournament's No. 2 seed, scored on a power play with 1:40 left in the contest to close out the Crimson. Freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer was impressive throughout the tournament and received the Most Outstanding Player award. She made 32 saves in the championship game, one away from her career high. 

Last Time vs. Boston College, Feb. 5 (Recap | Box Score)

Emerance Maschmeyer made a career-high 34 saves and Mary Parker gave then-No. 5 Harvard a third-period lead, but it was not enough as then-No. 2 Boston College scored twice in the last 12:38 of the Beanpot's first round game to win 2-1 at Northeastern's Matthews Arena. The 60 minutes between the top-five teams was tight throughout in what felt like a playoff-style atmosphere to anyone in the arena. The Crimson managed to outshoot the Eagles, 41-36, resulting in the team's first loss when gaining more chances than its opponent.

Series History

The Crimson leads the all-time series against Boston College, 36-13-0, but has never met the Eagles in a postseason game. Harvard has lost four consecutive times against BC with the last three coming in Beanpot tournament games.A Clash of StylesHarvard's defense is ranked No. 2 in the country (1.15 goals allowed per game), while BC's offense comes in at No. 2 (4.40 goals per game).

A Clash of Styles
Harvard's defense is ranked No. 2 in the country (1.15 goals allowed per game), while BC's offense comes in at No. 2 (4.40 goals per game).

The Crimson in the Tournament (Full Results)

Harvard received an at-large bid to the tournament and will take part in its ninth overall NCAA bracket and first since 2010.
Record in the tournament
• Harvard in the NCAA tournament: 6-8
• Harvard in away NCAA games: 0-2
• Harvard in OT NCAA games: 1-2
Record in the round of eight
• Harvard in round of eight games: 2-3
• Harvard in away round of eight games: 0-2
• Harvard in OT round of eight games: 1-1
vs. Boston College in the tournament
• Harvard and BC have never met in an NCAA tournament game
• Harvard and BC have made the tournament in the same year just one time, coming in 2007. Harvard lost to Wisconsin in the first round with a 1-0 (4 OT) loss, while BC ended its season to Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinals, 4-3 (2 OT).

The Ivy Title
The Crimson claimed a share of its first Ivy League title since 2009, and 11th overall, with a 3-1 win over Yale Feb. 26. Harvard celebrated the championship, which is shared with Cornell, on the ice after the game, as the seniors lifted the trophy for the first time since arriving in Cambridge. This year marked just the second shared crown since play began in 1975-76. "It's a great thing for us," said Katey Stone on the Ivy championship. "It's nice to be able to have that for the seniors and everybody else involved with the program."

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.

Winning Seasons
Harvard has clinched its 15th consecutive season with a record of .500 or better and could surpass its win total from last year this weekend. 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.

One of the Greats
Katey Stone became the first coach in women's college hockey history to reach 400 wins. She now sits at 402 and is one of just six coaches in all of college hockey to have 400+ wins at one school in the last 20 years. The others are Red Berenson (Michigan), Jerry York (BC), Jack Parker (BU), Richard Umile (UNH) and George Gwozdehy (Denver).

Rookie of the Year
Freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer headlined a group of seven Harvard players that were recognized with postseason awards by the Ivy League, the conference announced Thursday. Maschmeyer was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while six others were honored as All-Ivy. Maschmeyer became the first goalie to win the conference's rookie of the year award since 1995 after being one of the best goaltenders in the country during the regular season. 

Related Link: Maschmeyer Named Ivy Rookie of the Year; Six Crimson Named All-Ivy

Lead at the Horn
Harvard has yet to lose a game when leading at the end of a period. The Crimson is 18-0-2 when leading after one and 20-0-0 when leading after two.

Harvard's record when...
• Leading after one: 18-0-2
• Leading after two: 20-0-0
• Scoring 3 or more goals: 21-0-0
• Following a loss: 5-0-0
• In games decided by three or more: 16-0-0
• When scoring first: 23-1-3

Never Two in a Row

Harvard has not lost two games in a row this season. The Crimson is coming off a loss to Cornell in its last game.

Killin' It
Harvard has denied its opponents in 111 of 119 power-play opportunities this season, including  a streak of 16 consecutive kills that was ended on the Crimson's last chance. Harvard's longest streak is 35 straight kills over the course of 10+ games from Nov. 27 at Northeastern until Jan. 25 at Clarkson. 

Up Next
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