|Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
Dec. 1, 2017
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Ivy League Network, NESNPlus
Scott Sudikoff, Alex Vispoli
Harvard leads, 18-6-3
L, 2-1 (Oct. 28, 2017)
Harvard | Quinnipiac
|Harvard vs. Princeton
Dec. 2, 2017
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Ivy League Network, NESN
Andy Towne, Eric Gallanty
Harvard leads, 46-34-4
W, 3-2 (Oct. 27, 2017)
Harvard | Princeton
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a two-week hiatus from league play, the Crimson returns to ECAC action, closing out the season series with Quinnipiac and Princeton this Friday and Saturday respectively. On Friday, the Bobcats will visit Bright-Landry for a 6 p.m. puck drop, a matchup that will air on NESNPlus and the Ivy League Network. On Saturday, Crimson fans are invited to wear their best neon attire to Light the Bright-Landry and attempt to break the all-time women's hockey attendance record at the rink. The first 1,000 fans through the doors on Saturday will receive a light-up foam stick while the first 400 fans will receive a neon Harvard t-shirt. Harvard will faceoff against Princeton at 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NESN.
This season, Harvard is 3-1-1 at home while Quinnipiac is 2-6-0 on the road.
21 of Harvard's 30 goals have come on Friday nights.
In nine contests, there has been 20 multi-point efforts from 10 different players. Last season, Harvard recorded 11 multi-point efforts from five players in the entire season.
The Class of 2021 as a whole has registered 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in the first nine games of the season. Six of seven skaters have marked the scoresheet and goaltender Becky Dutton earned her first career start at Holy Cross and played 20 minutes against No. 3/3 Boston College, stopping 12 of 13 shots by the Eagles.
To date, Harvard has outscored opponents 14-6 in the third period during the 2017-18 season.
Getting Pucks to the Net
Harvard has outshot its opponent in seven of nine contests this year and has outscored opponents 30-26 in nine games. The Crimson posted the largest shot margin against Holy Cross with a 57-13 advantage in addition to its largest win margin with a final score of 8-3 on Nov. 17.
Harvard tends to open the game strong, holding a +51 shot advantage in the first period and matches its opponent goals scoring seven each. The Crimson then slows down during the second, only outshooting opponents by nine and recording a 13-9 deficit in scoring. During the final frames, Harvard has shown an incredible rally effort, coming back to outshoot opponents 101-73 (+28) and outscoring them 14-6.
What'd You Do On Your Break?
After a four-game non-conference swing, Harvard, as well as many other ECAC programs, will return to regular conference play this coming weekend.
In their time away from league play, the 12 ECAC programs faced a varitey of non-conference opponents, hoping to heighten their level of play upon re-entering conference action. Many schools opted for Hockey East competition, with the ECAC facing nearly every program in the rival conference. Colgate and Cornell also chose to pit their games against the midwest, hosting Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin. RIT, Mercyhurst and Penn State were also recurrent opponents among the non-conference slates.
Senior captain Haley Mullins has dressed for 95 career games prior to the tilt with Quinnipiac. In her career, she's potted 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points. She leads current skaters with a +10 rating and is ranked second on the team in faceoff percentage (.515).
Strength of the ECAC
The ECAC continues to wield its power as one of the top conferences in the country. This past week, four ECAC programs appeared in both national polls.
In addition to performing at the highest level, the ECAC schedules at the highest level. To date, ECAC teams have taken on 58 opponents that are currently ranked or receiving votes. Of those contests, the league has claimed 16 victories.
Tse on D
Against New Hampshire, junior Kaitlin Tse appeared as a defenseman for the first game this season. After serving as defensive corps staple during her freshman campaign, Tse was able to fill in on top of the line sheet last season when the Crimson was struggling to stay afloat. After starting eight games this season on the top two forward lines, Tse was shifted back to the blue line where she put four shots on goal and notched an assist.
Ivy League Network
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Harvard will close out the weekend competition Saturday afternoon against the Princeton Tigers at 4 p.m. Looking ahead, the Crimson will head to Dartmouth for a mid-week matchup with the Big Green on Dec. 6 before taking a break for finals and the December holidays. Harvard is set to return to action on Jan. 5 and 6 at Rensselaer and Union and will play seven of the first nine games of 2018 on the road.