|Harvard vs. McGill (exhibition)
Oct. 13, 2017
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Ivy League Network
Ben Hayes, Alex Vispoli
L, 0-3 (Oct. 14, 2016)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will dip its feet into the 2017-18 season this Friday with an exhibition contest against McGill. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center and the game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network. Admission will be free for Friday's contest.
The Crimson returns 16 members from the 2016-17 roster that accounted for more than 70 percent of the scoring last season. Harvard will be led by senior captains Lexie Laing and Haley Mullins, and junior captain Kate Hallett. The Crimson comes into the 2017-18 season with four of its top six scorers returning, including points leader Lexie Laing. The incoming class hails from five states, as well as Canada and Japan. Harvard looks to continue its success at Bright-Landry, accumulating a 53-17-8 record at home over the past five seasons. Harvard has also won five of the last six contests with McGill at the Bright.
The Martlets will make their second trip to the United States this weekend to face off against Harvard on Friday, Yale on Saturday and Dartmouth on Sunday. McGill is 3-4 overall, and 0-2 against NCAA teams. In late September, the Martlets took on Vermont and St. Lawrence, falling 2-3 and 1-3 respectively. Jade Downie-Landry leads the team with seven goals and nine points, while Emilia Cotter has four assists on the season to date. Between the pipes, Tricia Deguire has been the primary goaltender for the Martlets, amassing a 3.29 goals against average and a .878 save percentage.
Harvard in the Rankings
In the ECAC Hockey preseason coaches' poll, the Crimson came in at No. 7, slightly above last season's ninth place finish. Harvard has also received votes in each of the first three USCHO.com and two of the first four USA Today weekly polls.
Currently, 11 former Crimson players are primed to play at the professional level during the 2017-18 season. Below is a list of athletes and which team they will don a jersey for.
Sydney Daniels – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Jillian Dempsey – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Miye O'Dench – Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
Sarah Edney – Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
Marissa Gedman – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Brianna Laing – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Emerance Maschmeyer – Le Cannadiennes Montreal (CWHL)
Elizabeth Parker – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Mary Parker – Boston Pride (NWHL)
Michelle Picard – Metropolitan Riveters (NWHL)
Kaitlin Spurling – Boston Blades (CWHL)
Earlier this summer, senior Lexie Laing was selected in the 2017 NWHL Draft by the Boston Pride. Laing was selected 12th overall in the third round, becoming the fifth player in program history to be drafted into the NWHL. Laing will join her sisters Denna and Brianna in the Boston Pride organization following the completion of her senior season at Harvard. The Marblehead, Mass. native returns to the lineup as the Crimson's leading scorer from 2016-17 (21 pts.) and will dawn the captain's "C" on her uniform during the 2017-18 campaign alongside teammates Kate Hallett and Haley Mullins.
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is the winningest coach in the history of Division I women's hockey, as she has amassed 450 victories over the course of her storied career. One of the most successful coaches in the history of the women's collegiate game, Stone has spent all 22 of her seasons as a head coach with the Crimson.
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Harvard will take the opening faceoff of the 2017-18 season next Friday night at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center against Dartmouth. Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and NESNPlus.