Mary Parker and the Harvard women's hockey team returns to Bright-Landry Hockey Center for a pair of ECAC match-ups this weekend. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a dominant performance in the opening round of the Beanpot on Tuesday, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's hockey team will step back into conference action this weekend as ECAC and Ivy League foes Yale and Brown make the trek to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The Crimson (16-4-2, 12-3-1 ECAC) takes on the Bulldogs (10-12-1, 7-9-0) on Friday and the Bears (5-18-0, 2-14-0) on Saturday before a rematch with No. 1 Boston College looms on Tuesday.
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Netminder Emerance Maschmeyer recently picked up the third ECAC Goaltender of the Month honors of her career for the Month of January. The junior went 6-1 between the pipes in the first month of 2015, and led the Crimson to wins over No. 9 Cornell and No. 5 Quinnipiac before helping Harvard halt No. 6 Boston University in Tuesday's Beanpot matchup.
Maschmeyer is 9-3-2 this season, on her way to her third-straight 10-win season in Cambridge. Her 37 career victories are seventh all-time in the Harvard ledger, while her 1,491 saves puts her in sixth in Crimson lore.
Full Steam Ahead
After erupting for nine goals – the highest total in three years – the Crimson moved back up into the top-3 in the nation's scoring with 3.77 goals per game. Aside from its struggles at Princeton, Harvard has been electric in its last 16 outings (14-2-0), averaging more than four goals per game (4.06), while reaching the six-goal plateau four times.
Early and Often
The Crimson has suffered just one loss when scoring first this season (11-1-2), but has shown it can come back after falling behind early by securing five wins after opponents found the back of the net first. Harvard also relies on outshooting its foes, as all but one of its 16 wins have come when taking more shots (15-3-1).
What's more, Harvard is +20 in scoring during the first period, manhandling opponents 31-11 in the opening frame.
Just Keep the Engine Running
The Crimson is in the midst of a gauntlet stretch of its schedule before the postseason rolls around, with six games over 12 days. As it stands now, Harvard will have squared off with three ranked opponents over those six contests (a win over No. 5 Quinnipiac, a Beanpot matchup with No. 6 BU and the Beanpot Championship versus No. 1 Boston College), all before having to close the season out at No. 10 Cornell and versus No. 9 St. Lawrence and RV Clarkson before the ECAC playoffs.
Rumbling with the Ranked
Harvard's scuffle with No. 6/6 BU on Tuesday – its second with a ranked Terrier team this season – was the seventh top-10 showdown for the Crimson in 2014-15. Harvard is 4-1-2 versus ranked foes this year, with its only loss coming at the hands of No. 1 Boston College. The Crimson has tied then-No. 7 Clarkson, tied and beat BU, defeated Quinnipiac twice and skated by then-No. 9 Cornell this season.
Home Ice Is Nice
The Crimson has skated in 22 games this season, only nine of which have been in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Fortunately enough, Harvard is 9-0-0 in those contests, including wins over then-No. 4 Quinnipiac, then-No. 9 Cornell and then-No. 6 Boston University.
In its nine victories at home, Harvard has outscored its opponents, 42-9, an average of about 4-1 each game.
Sophomore Sydney Daniels continues to light things up for Harvard as five of the Crimson's 16 wins have come off her stick. Including a hat trick vs. UConn – the first for Harvard in nearly three years – Daniels has accounted for 17 points on the year (13-4—17), and leads the team in goals and shots. Also one of the more physical presences on the ice for Harvard, Daniels is second on the squad with 16 penalty minutes.
After a four-game skid to open January, Yale comes into the weekend 3-2 in its last five contests, including a rather large victory at Clarkson (3-2). Most recently, the Bulldogs fell in a tightly contested game to No. 8 St. Lawrence, 4-3, capping off a respectable weekend in the North Country.
The Bulldogs have had 17 different skaters find the back of the net this season, and have been quite even when distributing the puck. Jamie Haddad leads the way with eight scores, but there are eight Bulldogs behind her with at least five goals apiece. Reigning Rookie of the Year Phoebe Staenz has 18 points on the year (5-13—18), while Janelle Ferrara's 18 points (2-16—18) have come mostly in the form of helpers. Sophomores Krista Yip-Chuck and Taylor Marchin have been dangerous as well for Yale, each netting six goals.
In net, Jaimie Leonoff continues to lead Yale into battle. The senior has allowed 50 goals in 21 games played (2.58 GAA), while turning aside 616 shots for a clean .919 save percentage.
Brown comes into the weekend amidst desperate times, having gone 2-13 over its last 15 contests to find itself in last place in the ECAC standings. In that stretch, the Bears were held scoreless five times, including twice last weekend versus St. Lawrence (4-0) and Clarkson (6-0) on the road. Brown does have a couple quality victories, however, including wins over SLU (7-4) and Yale (3-2, OT).
A trio of senior forwards press the puck for the Bears, led by Kaitlyn Keon and her 16 points (9-7—16). Sarah Robson leads the squad, along with Janice Yang, with eight assists, while freshman Sam Donovan owns eight goals, good for second on the team.
Between the pipes, sophomore Monica Elvin has handled the bulk of the goaltending, seeing north of 76-percent of the action this season. In 17 starts, Elvin is 5-12-0 with 564 saves (.898) and 64 goals allowed (3.64). Behind her, freshman Julianne Landry (0-6-0) has allowed 29 goals in nine appearances, while making 172 saves.