|Harvard at No. 4/4 Colgate
Jan. 12, 2018
Class of 1965 Arena
Patriot League Network
Harvard leads, 29-4-3
L, 0-4 (Jan. 27, 2017)
Harvard | Colgate
|Harvard at Cornell
Jan. 6, 2018
ESPN3, Ivy League Network
Harvard leads, 56-28-5
T, 2-2 (Jan. 28, 2017)
Harvard | Cornell
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team is set to play arguably its toughest weekend of the 2017-18 season to date when it travels to No. 4/4 Colgate and No. 6/6 Cornell for 3 p.m. matchups on Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13. The games mark the beginning of a four-game stretch against ranked opponents, tying a streak of four at the beginning of the 2016-17 season and the longest since a five-game streak during the 2010-11 season. Friday's contest will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network while Saturday's tilt can be viewed on the Ivy League Network and ESPN3.
Three different players have collected 12 points in 14 games. Kat Hughes leads the trio with seven goals while Becca Gilmore leads the team with eight assists. Brooke Jovanovich rounds out the group with five goals, two of which were game-winners.
Beth Larcom currently ranks as one of the top goalies in the ECAC. In conference play, Larcom ranks second in the league with a .942 save percentage behind Dartmouth's Christie Honor (.944). Heading into this weekend, Larcom also ranks second in the ECAC with a 1.60 goals against average in league action behind Clarkson's Shea Tiley (1.28).
In the last 10 meetings at the Class of 1965 Arena, Harvard has gone 9-0-1 against the Raiders, holding the then No. 7/7 Colgate team to a 3-3 draw early last season.
In the last 10 seasons, the Crimson has gone 40-55-16 (.432) against top-10 opponents. Twelve of those wins were against top-five teams and 11 of the losses came from ECAC or NCAA Tournament play. Last season, Harvard tied four ranked opponents. Harvard's last win against a ranked opponent was a 4-1 defeat of Colgate in the 2016 ECAC Tournament.
Four former Harvard players were selected to represent the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) in a two-game series against Team USA in preparation for the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
The Storm Brewing
Beginning with this weekend, Harvard will face four straight ranked opponents in Colgate, Cornell, Boston College and Clarkson. The stint is tied with a four-game streak at the beginning of last season and is the longest since the Crimson played five straight ranked opponents during the 2010-11 season.
In the last 10 years, Harvard has earned 40 wins in 111 contests. Twelve of the wins have come against top five teams and 11 of 55 losses have come during postseason play. Last season, in 12 games against ranked opponents, Harvard held four contests to ties. Harvard's last win against a ranked opponent was a 4-1 win over Colgate during the 2016 ECAC Tournament. The last win over a ranked opponent during the regular season was a 4-1 victory over No. 9/9 Princeton in January of 2016.
When They Score
Harvard's top two lines have been pretty good predictors of Crimson success. This season, Harvard is unbeaten when Bradley Fusco, Brooke Jovanovich, Keely Moy or Val Turgeon score. Additionally, Kaitlin Tse, Chelsea Ziadie and Lunasa Sano have a 1-0-0 record when they find the back of the net. Rookies Jovanovich and Moy have both led Harvard to a 4-0-0 record when they tally at least one goal.
This season, Harvard has shown its resilience and ability to outlast its opponents in the third period. In the final 20 minutes of the game, Harvard is outscoring its opponents 19-8 and has maintained a +48 shot margin, putting 160 pucks on net while holding opponents to just 112.
All five of rookie Brooke Jovanovich's goals have come in the third period while five of Kat Hughes' seven goals have come in the third period including two of her three against New Hampshire on Nov. 25.
Additionally, four of Harvard's nine power-play goals have come in the third period and four of eight game-winners have been notched in the final 20 minutes.
A Story of 100 Games
Senior captain Haley Mullins wore the Crimson jersey in her 100th career game at Union. To date, the East Greenwich, R.I. native has compiled a resume including 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points, has put 187 shots on net, leads current Harvard skaters in plus-minus rating (+12), has blocked 56 shots and has earned a start in 46 contests.
After graduating high school from Noble and Greenough in Dedham, Mass. as a four-year letter winner in ice hockey, cross county and lacrosse, Mullins made her collegiate debut in the season opener against Rensselaer on Oct. 31, 2014. The very next night, the rookie forward notched her first career point in a 5-2 win against Union, contributing an assist on Sydney Daniels' game-winning goal. The freshman Mullins remained hot, finding the back of the net in just her third outing in the Harvard sweater. In a 2-2 tie against then No. 7/7 Clarkson, the reigning national champion, Mullins put Harvard on the board just 1:25 into the game with an unassisted shot, beating the Golden Knights' Shea Tiley glove-side. Tiley remains Clarkson's starting goalie through the 2017-18 season. In Harvard's final game of 2014, Mullins recorded her first career game-winning goal against then No. 4/4 Quinnipiac.
Mullins tallied her first career multi-point game later that season in the first round of the Beanpot, a 9-2 victory against No. 6/6 Boston University. The rookie added an assist on goals from Jessica Harvey and current teammate Dani Krzyszczyk and finished the night with a plus three rating. A few weeks later, Mullins earned her first career start in a 2-1 win against Ivy rival Yale. At the end of her freshman campaign, Haley Mullins had collected a Beanpot title, an ECAC regular season title, an Ivy League title, an ECAC tournament title and helped her team advance to the national championship game against No. 1 Minnesota.
Mullins' performance during her freshman year led to 11 straight starts at the beginning of the 2015-16 season. In that period, she added one goal and nine assists, racking up her career stats to 6-15-21. Additionally, she potted her second career game-winning goal against St. Lawrence (Oct. 31) and notched an assist on current co-captain Kate Hallett's first career goal in a 5-1 win against Brown on Nov. 7. Unfortunately, Mullins' sophomore campaign was cut short due to injury after playing 21 of the team's 32 matchups that season.
In her first game back from injury, Mullins added an assist in the 2016-17 season opener, a 5-1 victory at Dartmouth on Oct. 23. Mullins would also finish with a plus three rating that game. Despite a tough season for the Crimson, Mullins earned the start in 22 of 29 contests. Her first multi-goal game and career high three-point outing came during a 6-6 overtime tie with Boston University in the Beanpot consolation round. Her first goal was a power-play tally mid-way through the first and she would add an even strength score mid-way through the second, before tallying an assist on Harvard's fourth goal of the night.
Now in the midst of her senior season, Haley Mullins was voted to don the captain's "C" by her teammates, leads the team in faceoff win percentage (0.520) and has contributed four goals and five assists in 14 games. Mullins resides in Quincy House and is on track to graduate with a degree in Psychology.
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Harvard will make a quick turnaround to play No. 2/2 Boston College on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Conte Forum. Next weekend, the Crimson will return home to host No. 3/3 Clarkson and St. Lawrence.