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No. 4/4 Women's Hockey Hosts Yale for ECAC Quarterfinals Showdown

No. 4/4 Women's Hockey Hosts Yale for ECAC Quarterfinals Showdown


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Harvard vs. Yale - Quarterfinals
Feb. 27-March 1
3:30 p.m. | 3 p.m. | 3 p.m.
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Harvard Game Notes


The Harvard women's hockey team is in search of an ECAC Tournament title to pair with its Regular Season crown. (Elan Kawesch) 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After claiming a share of the ECAC Regular Season title, the No. 4/4 Harvard women's ice hockey team looks to begin its quest for an ECAC Tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in March. The second-seeded Crimson (21-5-3, 16-4-3 ECAC) once again welcomes in the No. 7-seed Yale Bulldogs (15-13-1, 12-10-0 ECAC) for a best-of-three series at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend.

Harvard and Yale will do battle at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, should the series go to three games for the second year in a row. All three contests will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Parking Advisory at Harvard's Athletic Complex
Due to several home events and recent inclement weather, 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. 27-March 1, 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. 

All bearers of Harvard winter season parking passes are guaranteed parking within the complex. Fans unable to park inside the Athletics Complex can park in the Harvard Business School parking areas accessible off of both North Harvard Street and Western Avenue. More information on directions to the Harvard Athletics Complex is available here. 

Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Social Stream
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

The First Line

  • This is the 17th year in a row Harvard will host the ECAC Quarterfinals at Bright-Landry. The Crimson has historically maintained success in the opening round, and is the No. 2 team in the conference race for the sixth time in that span (since 1998-99). Only two other times, however, have Harvard and Yale met in the ECAC postseason (2007 and 2014).
  • Faced with at least two more games at Bright-Landry, Harvard sits in its proverbial comfort zone. The Crimson is 12-1-1 in Cambridge this season and is an incredible 60-13-5 since 2010-11 while playing in front of the home crowd.

Titletown
Though it was a difficult end to the regular season, Harvard clinched a share of the ECAC Regular Season Championship and an outright Ivy League title on Saturday. The Crimson won its seventh conference regular season title since 1994 and aims for its sixth tournament title beginning this weekend versus Yale.

With some help from Yale taking down Princeton last weekend, Harvard was crowned the Ivy League champion for the third consecutive year, its second straight year as outright victors. The Crimson finished Ancient Eight play with an 8-2 record, besting Princeton's 7-2-1 mark and Cornell's 5-5-0 record. Dartmouth (4-5-1), Yale (4-6-0) and Brown (1-9-0) rounded out the rest of the League.

Harvard's third championship of the 2014-15 season came on Feb. 10, when the Crimson upended No. 1 Boston College for the 2015 Beanpot Championship. It marked the first time since 2010 that Harvard claimed the Beanpot – its 14th overall in the 37 years it has been a Boston tradition.

Bringing the Firepower
Offensively speaking, Harvard's ability to find the back of the net is among the nation's best. In 29 games, the Crimson has scored 109 goals, a clip of 3.76 goals per game which is good enough for third in the country. Its power play is top-four nationally as well, chalking up 17 goals in 75 opportunities for a 22.7-percent conversion.

Spreading the Wealth
Five Crimson skaters have at least 22 points this season, led by juniors Mary Parker (14-18—32) and Miye D'Oench (16-12—28) who have combined for 60 points for Harvard. Senior co-captain Samantha Reber owns 23 assists on the year, compiled with five goals for 28 points. Harvard's core of youthful skaters shines through with the likes of sophomore Sydney Daniels and freshman Lexie Laing. Daniels is tied with D'Oench for the team lead with 16 goals, while Laing has been a highly consistent rookie presence, leading her class with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists.

Of the 29 games this season, 14 have seen multi-goal scorers, including four contests with at least two two-goal scorers. D'Oench leads the charge scoring two goals in five different games, while both Lyndsey Fry and Sydney Daniels have both registered hat tricks.

ECAC Shakedown
No. 8 DARTMOUTH at No. 1 CLARKSON (Reg. season: CU leads 2-0)
Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 7 YALE at No. 2 HARVARD (Reg. season, Harvard leads, 2-0)
Friday: 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 6 PRINCETON at No. 3 QUINNIPIAC (Reg. season, QU leads, 2-0)
Friday: 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. (if necessary)

No. 5 ST. LAWRENCE at No. 4 CORNELL (Reg. season, Cornell leads 1-0-1)
Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. (if necessary)

SEMIFINALS
March 6 or 7

CHAMPIONSHIP
March 7 or 8

The same eight teams which made it to the playoffs last season are back in action this year. After Clarkson upset Harvard, the Golden Knights claimed the top spot and will square off with Dartmouth. Quinnipiac is the No. 3 seed and will host travel partner Princeton, the No. 6 seed, while No. 4 Cornell will play host to fellow New York counterpart and No. 5-seed St. Lawrence in a best-of-three.

Recent History with the Elis
Last year, Harvard and Yale battled tooth-and-nail for five games throughout the season and into the postseason. The Crimson fell to the Bulldogs at home, 2-0, before drawing even in New Haven, 3-3. Though the two had met just once in the ECAC Quarterfinals prior to last year, their 2014 edition was one for the history books. The Crimson and Bulldogs went toe-to-toe for three games, two of which ended in double overtime.

Yale took the first game, 3-2 after an incredible 94 minutes of action. The following night, faced with elimination, Harvard dug deep, scoring twice in the third, before Miye D'Oench sent in the game winner 4:01 into the second OT frame. With the series at 1-1 on Sunday, both teams were physically and mentally exhausted, but Harvard proved to have the edge, cruising to a 4-0 victory for a trip to the conference semifinals.

This season, however, has been a different story thus far. Harvard swept the season series with 3-1 and 6-1 victories over Yale moving it to 4-2-1 versus Yale over the last two years. The top scoring Crimson versus the Bulldogs over the last seven games are D'Oench (4-4—8), Reber (1-6—7), Crowe (3-2—5) and Fry (3-1—4).

Scouting Yale
Yale, which has given Harvard fits in the last year, is a very quick team. The Bulldogs, which are 15-13-1 on the season and 12-10-0 in ECAC play, enter the weekend series on a five-game win streak, tied for the longest current streak in the nation (along with Minnesota).

A couple of Bulldog skaters have posed threats to opponents this season, led by junior Jamie Haddad and sophomore Krista Yip-Chuck. Haddad has scored 10 times, adding 14 assists for 24 points, while Yip-Chuck holds the team lead with 11 goals and has 22 points with 11 helpers. Phoebe Staenz also forces teams to be on edge, as the sophomore has 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists.

In between the pipes, senior Jaimie Leonoff stands firm. In seeing 86-percent of the action for Yale, Leonoff has allowed 60 goals (2.40 GAA) and has turned aside 722 shots for a .923 save percentage. She has had her best year yet with a 13-12-1 record as the starting netminder for Yale.

Up Next
If Harvard gets past Yale in the Quarterfinals, the Crimson will then make the trek to Potsdam, New York, for the ECAC Championship, hosted by Clarkson from March 6-8. Should that happen, Harvard would take on the winner of the Quinnipiac and Princeton series in the semifinals.

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