Women's Hockey Hits the Road to Face New Hampshire

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       Harvard vs. New Hampshire
Nov. 14, 2016
 7 p.m.
Whittemore Center
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W, 4-0 (Nov. 18, 2015)
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Harvard has won three straight games vs. New Hampshire (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the ice against a nonconference opponent for the first time this season, Harvard travels to New Hampshire for a 7 p.m. puck drop on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast on YouTube.

The First Line
• Harvard sported a high-octane offense to open the season, netting five goals at Dartmouth. Sydney Daniels tallied her second-career hat trick, while Val Turgeon and Lexie Laing also scored.

• Senior Brianna Laing is 19-3-1 all-time, making 87 saves in a trio of starts this season. The netminder was hailed the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her performance Oct. 23.

• Senior Molly Tissenbaum has also been nearly unbeatable in goal, as evidenced by her 50 saves against Princeton. Her career-high total was the fourth-best single game performance in program history.

• Harvard toppled New Hampshire in overtime, 6-5, to claim the program's only national championship, coming in 1999.

Stopping 50
Senior netminder Molly Tissenbaum made a career-best 50 saves against Princeton Nov. 11, including back-to-back periods with at least 20 stops. Tissenbaum and the Crimson defense went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, with Tissenbaum making 18 saves during the man-down span. 

Home-Ice Advantage
The Bright-Landry Hockey Center has been one of the toughest venues in the country for opposing teams over the past few years, as Harvard has posted a 51-9-6 record at home over the past four-plus seasons. Harvard is 25-5-3 at home since the start of 2014-15 and won 17 straight in Cambridge from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015.

Celebrating 99
Making her 99th career appearance, senior Sydney Daniels netted her second-career hat trick against Dartmouth Oct. 23. The left winger opened the scoring in the second period before adding a wraparound and a snipe in the third.

Hockey Least
Harvard has controlled the puck in recent memory against Hockey East opponents, going 14-4-2 over the past three years against the conference.

Among the Nation's Best
Senior Sydney Daniels is one of the nation's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she has opened the season with four goals in the first five outings this season. Daniels has 15 multi-point outings in her career with two hat tricks.

Enter Freshmen
A trio of freshmen have appeared in the starting lineup to open the season: Val Turgeon, Kat Hughes and Ali Peper. Turgeon leads the trio with three points, while Hughes notched her first-career assist against Princeton Nov. 11.

Last Time Out
In the second home game of the season, Harvard women's hockey fell to No. 8/8 Quinnipiac, 2-1.

The Crimson (1-4-0, 1-4-0 ECAC Hockey) fired 12 shots on goal against the Bobcats (9-4-1, 4-2-0 ECAC Hockey), led by two shots apiece from Lexie Laing, Kat Hughes and Sydney Daniels. Brianna Laing tallied 33 saves in goal for a .943 save percentage.

Three Cheers
Harvard was 13-0-1 in 2015-16 when scoring at least three goals, and is 36-1-1 since the start of the 2014-15 season when potting a trio of scores. The team opened the campaign with five goals at Dartmouth Oct. 23., and is 1-0-0 with three goals in 2016-17.

National Recognition
Harvard was ranked for 79 consecutive weeks by the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, a span covering four seasons. The Crimson fell out of the Jan. 18/19 polls for the first time since Oct. 15, 2012.

Honor Roll
Proving tough to beat in the opening contest of the season, senior goaltender Brianna Laing has been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 17-23.

Laing stopped 28 of 29 Dartmouth shots in a 5-1 victory for the Crimson on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Arena. The 28 saves were Laing's most since Oct. 31, 2015 against St. Lawrence, and the Marblehead, Massachusetts native improved her career record to 19-1-1 with the victory. Laing currently ranks second in the country with a .966 save percentage.

Scouting New Hampshire
New Hampshire is out to a 3-10-0 start, including a 3-5-0 mark in Hockey East play. Jonna Curtis leads the team offensively with seven goals and six assists, while a trio of Wildcats have tallied six points on the season. Kyra Smith and Hillary Cashin have split time in goal, combining for a 3.32 goals-against average and three victories.

Harvard is 18-28-4 all-time against New Hampshire, but is unbeaten in the past seven meetings (5-0-2). Harvard has captured the last three games, two by shutout margins.

Lacing up for an outdoor contest under the lights, Harvard will square off with Boston College at Fenway Park Jan. 10 as part of the 'Frozen Fenway' slate of games. 

Poll Position
Harvard was slotted fifth in the preseason ECAC Hockey coaches' poll with 76 points. The top-five were in the same order as the standings from a year ago, with the Crimson trailing Quinnipiac, Clarkson, Princeton and Colgate in the rankings.

ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll
1. Quinnipiac (6), 114
2. Clarkson (4), 109
3. Princeton (2), 102
4. Colgate, 96
5. Harvard, 74
6. Cornell, 72
7. St. Lawrence, 68
8. Rensselaer, 48
9. Yale, 45
10. Dartmouth, 31
11. Brown, 19
12. Union, 14

Westward Bound
With its first round pick in the 2016 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Inferno selected Emerance Maschmeyer '16. Canada's starting goaltender at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, Maschmeyer was widely regarded as one of the most-talented players in the draft.

New York, New York
The New York Riveters acquired a trio of Crimson skaters - both current and former - over the summer. A pair of offseason trades netted the team the draft rights to Miye D'Oench '16 and Michelle Picard '16, and the team separately used its second round selection on senior forward Sydney Daniels

Captain Crimson
Seniors Briana Mastel and Sydney Daniels were selected to lead the 2016-17 women's hockey team as captains. Both are in their first year in the role. 

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Boston University on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in its second-straight matchup with a Hockey East opponent. The 7 p.m. puck drop will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.