The Harvard women's hockey team looks to remain unbeaten at home this season with a pair of ECAC clashes (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Jumping two spots in both national polls, and currently riding a three-game win streak, the No. 6 Harvard women's hockey team is set to return to its home ice to begin a lengthy homestand. The Crimson (5-1-0, 5-1-0 ECAC) will welcome in No. 3 Cornell and Colgate for a pair of conference clashes. Harvard hosts the Big Red (7-0-1, 5-0-1 ECAC) on at 7 p.m. on Friday for a showdown of ranked opponents, before turning around to greet the Raiders (3-9-0, 1-5-0 ECAC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Top Line
- Last weekend, Harvard enjoyed a sweep in the North Country, handing St. Lawrence and then-No. 6 Clarkson 3-2 and 2-0 losses, respectively. Samantha Reber, Sarah Edney and Sydney Daniels notched goals for the Crimson in the win over the Saints, while Mary Parker tallied a pair of goals on Saturday to lift Harvard over the Knights.
- Harvard and Cornell will meet with the No. 1 spot in the ECAC rankings on the line. Coming into the weekend, the Big Red holds the conference's top spot with its 5-0-1 record, just ahead of the Crimson's 5-1-0 conference mark.
- The Crimson is about to embark on a six game homestand that runs into the New Year. After Cornell and Colgate, Harvard plays host to Boston University for its first nonconference game of the season on Nov. 22. The only three contests slated in December are home tussles with Dartmouth (Dec. 1), New Hampshire (Dec. 6) and Boston College (Dec. 7).
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Home Sweet Home
The Crimson is historically good at home, suffering only one loss (13-1-1) in Bright Hockey Center in 2012-13, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Clarkson, and looks to remain that way. Since 2000-01, Harvard is an impressive 147-36-15 (.742) in Cambridge, and is 37-9-2 (.771) since 2010-11. The Crimson has gone undefeated at home twice since 2000, sporting a 17-0-0 mark in 2007-08 and a 16-0-0 mark in 2002-03.
Currently 2-0 this season after wins over then-No. 8 Quinnipiac and Ivy League rival Princeton, Harvard is set for a six-game homestand in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center before the Crimson takes to the outdoors to face Northeastern at Fenway Park on Jan. 2. The next true away contest for Harvard will be Jan. 7 when the Crimson trek to Storrs, Conn., to take on UConn for a midweek showdown.
Cornell enters the top-10 Friday showdown with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak at eight games (7-0-1), and sits with Minnesota as the only two programs to remain unbeaten to start the season. The lone tie came on Nov. 2 when Quinnipiac held Cornell to a 1-1 draw in Hamden, Conn.
The Big Red features three of the country's premier point-getters in Emily Fulton (8-11-19), Jessica Campbell (3-12-15) and Jillian Saulnier (9-5-14), all of whom sit in the top-six nationally when it comes to points per contest. Saulnier, the center of Cornell's top line, was recently named the ECAC Player of the Week after contributing six points in Cornell's 2-0 weekend against Rensselaer and Union.
Backstopping the Big Red is senior Lauren Slebodnick, who has started all eight contests between the pipes. Slebodnick sits in the top-20 nationally in goals against average (2.03) and save percentage (.921), allowing 15 goals to her 174 saves this year.
Harvard and Cornell will meet for the 80th time on Friday, with the Crimson owning an overall 51-25-3 record against the Big Red. Over the last 10 meetings, however, Cornell has gone 8-1-1 against Harvard, including two wins in the postseason over that period. Last year, Harvard claimed a 3-1 win in the first meeting, before dropping 3-1 and 2-1 decisions to its Ivy League foe.
Reading the Raiders
Colgate sports a 3-9-0 overall record, going 1-5-0 in ECAC play. The Raiders started the season in the comforts of home, but suffered a pair of setbacks to No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1 and 8-3. Since starting the conference slate, Colgate's only victory is a 5-1 handling of Union a week ago.
Struggling to find the back of the net as a team, Colgate comes into the weekend averaging 1.3 goals per game. Miriam Drubel leads the way with nine points (5-4-9), followed by Jocelyn Simpson (3-2-5), Melissa Kueber (2-2-4) and Liz Trautz (2-1-3) to round out the top Raider scoring threats.
Three goaltenders have split time for Colgate in net, led by Ashlynne Rando with five starts. Susan Allen has 129 saves and 12 goals allowed in six appearances, while Brittney Brooks has 95 saves to nine goals allowed in four starts.
The Series with Colgate
First meeting in 1978, then resuming the series in 2001, the Crimson and Raiders are set for the 26th edition of the series. Harvard holds a 22-1-2 advantage over Colgate, and has claimed the last nine, while going 11-0-1 over the last 12 meetings. Last season, Harvard defeated Colgate, 4-1, at Bright and 5-2 in Hamilton, N.Y.
Sophomore Emerance Maschmeyer has established herself as one of the premier goaltenders in the land this season. Her six goals allowed is the fewest by a goalie with at least three starts in the nation this season. With her overall goals allowed average peaking at 1.00 per game, she sits just behind Quinnipiac's Chelsea Laden (0.85) as the toughest netminder to get by. Maschmeyer's save percentage tops the national charts at .963 coming off 156 stops.
This season, the Bruderheim, Alberta, native has collected three shutouts in net for the Crimson, the third highest total in the country so far. The ECAC has recognized her twice for her backstopping efforts as the Goaltender of the Week (Oct. 29 and Nov. 12).
The Quiet Crimson Killers
Harvard is a perfect 30-for-30 on the penalty kill this season, the only team to not allow a power play goal all year. Opponents are averaging five power play opportunities per game this season. Both St. Lawrence and Clarkson each got six chances to score with a skater advantage, but to no avail.
The Center of It All
Centering the top line, Samantha Reber has quietly placed herself atop the Crimson point chart this season. She ranks 10th in the ECAC with seven points (2-5-7), and her five assists is seventh best in the conference. She's notched at least one point for Harvard in five of six games this year.
After missing the first two weekends of action, senior Elizabeth Parker has not skipped a beat since her return and move from defender to forward. In the two games against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, Parker saw a familiar face across the ice, as she skated on the very same line as her sister, sophomore Mary Parker. In the grinding win over then-No. 6 Clarkson on Saturday, the elder Parker assisted on the second of the younger Parker's two goals.
One for the Money, Two for the Show
Eight different Crimson have tallied goals this season for Harvard, and four of those skaters have turned in multi-goal performances. In the season opener against Quinnipiac, sophomore Dylanne Crugnale scored the first two goals of her career in the 4-2 win. A day later, Hillary Crowe recorded her second two-goal game with a pair of scores against Ivy League rival Princeton.
Against Union on Nov. 2, sophomore Miye D'Oench found the back of the net twice for the first time in her young career to lift Harvard to a 3-1 victory. A week later, Mary Parker scored the Crimson's only two goals in the thrilling win over Clarkson in Cheel Arena, scoring two goals for the third time in her career.