Harvard vs. Minnesota Duluth
Harvard is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings with Boston University (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing at home for the final time before the turn of the calendar, Harvard women's hockey hosts No. 4/3 Minnesota Duluth Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26, at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. The first contest will be broadcast on ONE World Sports, while the latter can be seen on Facebook Live. Both games will be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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 and 42 vs. New Hampshire. Her career-high total was the fourth-best single game performance in program history.
• Eight different players tallied a point Nov. 22 against BU, including the first of the season for five players. Daniels, Haley Mullins and Ali Peper found the back of the net.
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.
Senior co-captain Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists at New Hampshire. The blue-liner leads the Crimson with three assists on the season, and has tallied 23 in her career. Mastel ranks in the top-30 nationally among defensemen in points, and has also contributed five career goals.
Heading to OT
Three of the Crimson's last four games have gone to overtime, marking the first stretch of OT games since the 2013-14 season (Feb. 21-March 2). Harvard last played three-straight overtimes games from Feb. 8-12, 2011.
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.
1. 67 - Brittany Martin (3/10/07 vs. WIS)
2. 57 - Cheryl Tate (2/12/82 vs. NE)
3. 51 - Emerance Maschmeyer (12/7/13 vs. BC)
4. 50 - Molly Tissenbaum (11/11/16 vs. PRI)
Harvard was 13-0-1 in 2015-16 when scoring at least three goals, and is 36-2-1 since the start of the 2014-15 seson when potting a trio of scores. The team opened the campaign with five goals at Dartmouth Oct. 23., and is 1-1-0 when scoring three goals in 2016-17.
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 51-10-6 record at home over the past four-plus seasons. Harvard is 25-6-3 at home since the start of 2014-15 and won 17 straight in Cambridge from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015.
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.
Last Time Out
A two-goal third period comeback led to an extra period, but Harvard women's hockey fell in overtime to Boston University, 4-3, on Tuesday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Harvard fell to 1-6-0 on the season, while the Terriers improved to 8-5-1.
Freshman Ali Peper, senior Sydney Daniels and junior Haley Mullins found the back of the net, while five different Crimson skaters registered an assist: sophomore Chelsea Ziadie, junior Dani Krzyszczyk, freshman Kat Hughes, junior Lexie Laing and sophomore Audrey Warner. Senior Brianna Laing made 36 saves in goal, setting a new career-best.
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.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
Minnesota Duluth is ranked No. 4/3 nationally with a 8-3-3 record, including a 7-3-2 mark in conference play. Lara Stalder leads the Bulldogs' offense with 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists, while Katherine McGovern has also scored eight times. Maddie Rooney has started 14 games in goal, boasting a 1.91 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.
Harvard is 5-10-1 all-time against Minnesota-Duluth, and is holds a 3-1-0 record in the past four meetings. Harvard has been able to net at least two goals against Minnesota Duluth in the past four meetings.
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.
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 five goals in six outings this season. Daniels has 15 multi-point outings in her career with two hat tricks.
Meet the Crimson
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 and Michelle Picard, and the team separately used its second round selection on senior forward Sydney Daniels.
D'Oench is currently tied for second in the NWHL with four goals on the season, holding the top mark for the Riveters. Picard has three assists through six games.
With its first round pick in the 2016 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Inferno selected Emerance Maschmeyer. Canada's starting goaltender at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, Maschmeyer was widely regarded as one of the most-talented players in the draft.
Maschmeter holds a 2-1 record through three starts, notching a 2.26 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Harvard hits the road for Cornell and Colgate, Dec. 2-3. The opening contest of the road swing will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.