|Harvard at Yale
Jan. 26, 2018
ESPN3, Ivy League Network
JJ Duke, Rob Ciambra
Harvard leads, 73-10-5
Nov. 11, 2017 (T, 2-2)
Harvard | Yale
|Harvard at Brown
Jan. 27, 2018
Ivy League Network
Harvard leads, 47-31-6
Nov. 10, 2018 (W, 6-3)
Harvard | Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will make its final Ivy road trip this weekend with Yale and Brown. The Crimson will look to snap a six-game skid and collect a few more league points as playoff season approaches. Friday's matchup is set for a 6 p.m. puck drop at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn., while Saturday is set for a 3 p.m. start at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. Both contests will be streamed on the Ivy League Network and the game at Yale will also be on ESPN3.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's hockey team was edged, 3-0, by the St. Lawrence Saints on Saturday afternoon at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
The Crimson once again outshot its opponent owning a 28-21 advantage, including 13-8 through the opening frame. Kat Hughes and Becca Gilmore led Harvard with seven shots each while Emma Buckles blocked a team high three shots.
At the faceoff dot, Harvard had a 30-23 lead and Beth Larcom made 18 saves in 58:50 of playing time.
Scoring Against The Bulldogs
On the current roster, 11 different players have marked the scoresheet at one point or another against the Bulldogs, collecting seven goals and eight assists. Additionally, Beth Larcom has posted a 1.85 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in 65 minutes against Yale.
Nikki Friesen scored her first career goal, a power-play tally, in a 4-1 victory over Yale in 2016. Ali Peper leads the team with three points when going head-to-head with the Bulldogs while Chelsea Ziadie leads the team with two goals.
In the past five-plus seasons, Harvard has outscored Yale 49-22 overall and 15-9 at Ingalls Rink.
Scoring Against the Bears
In the last five-plus seasons, the Crimson has outscored the Bears 37-15 in all games and 20-3 at Meehan Auditorium. In 11 games since 2012-13, Harvard has held the Bears to one or no goals in seven contests.
Of the returners, Kate Hallett, Kat Hughes, Haley Mullins and Val Turgeon have all lit the lamp against the Bears. Kat Hughes and Kaitlin Tse lead the team with four points against Brown, Hughes going 1-3-4 and Tse going 0-4-4 all-time. Hughes' three assists are a career high from November's matchup. Among newcomers, Becca Gilmore and Brooke Jovanovich both have two points against Brown and Keely Moy has one point from November's tilt. Jovanovich notched a career and team-high two goals in the 6-3 win earlier this season.
Senior Chelsea Ziadie is just 10 games shy of reaching the 100-career game milestone. Should Ziadie appear in each of the remaining regular season games, the senior will hit 100 in Harvard's final regular season game at Clarkson on Feb. 17.
Bradley Fusco and Kaitlin Tse are both well on their way to 100, having appeared in 78 career games each. Both players have missed just two games in their first three years. Junior captain Kate Hallett is likely to hit the 100 mark during her tenure as well. Despite being sidelined over the past few weeks due to injury, the forward has 71 games under her belt and is expected to rejoin the lineup in the coming weeks.
Since the turn of the new year, the Crimson has hit a rough patch facing some of the top teams in the country. Harvard has lost its last six games, five against top-10 opponents.
Prior to the new year, Harvard was 7-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the ECAC, holding onto sixth place in the conference and just five points from the conference leader.
Beginning in October, the Crimson went 2-1-0 (.667), and continued its success in November, going 3-2-1 (.583), before rounding out 2017 with a 2-1-0 (.667) record. January will be the first month of the 2017-18 campaign that the Crimson will not have a winning record, with the best achievable outcome being 3-6-0.
Over the past few games, the Crimson has shifted its focus to the beginning of the game. While Harvard eased into the game early in the season, and would hold off explosivity until the third, the squad is now getting to opponents faster and is putting more pressure on early in the game.
Prior to the Colgate game, Harvard was outscoring opponents 19-8 in the third period with a +48 shot margin. Harvard has outshot its opponents in the first period in each of the last three games, and now owns a +43 shot margin in the opening frame.
The Crimson will work this weekend to compile a first period resume as five of rookie Brooke Jovanovich's six goals have come in the third period. Additionally, five of Kat Hughes' nine goals have come in the third period, including two of her three against New Hampshire on Nov. 25.
Five of Harvard's ten power-play goals have come in the third period and four of eight game-winners have been notched in the final frame.
The Sin Bin
Chelsea Ziadie is the only Harvard skater to have not registered a single penalty this season.
Around the league, just 12 other ECAC skaters that have played in 10 games or more have yet to commit an infraction.
With a young roster, Harvard has struggled to keep its penalties in check. Through the first three games of the season, Harvard saw 5-on-3 action six times and in 19 games to date, Harvard has racked up 10 or more penalty minutes in 12 contests.
Harvard's 9.2 penalty minutes per game rank 12th in the nation but is far below Yale's 11.0 that ranks second and beats Brown's 9.8 at seventh.
It was announced recently that former Harvard women's hockey player, Randi Griffin '10, has been named to the unified Korean hockey team for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
Griffin is a dual citizen of the United States and South Korea and was a four-year letterwinner for the Crimson from 2006-10. In 125 career games, the Apex, N.C. native collected 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points. During her senior season, Griffin was a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award, led the Crimson and was tied for 10th in the nation with seven power-play goals, ranked fourth on the team with 21 points and scored a power-play goal in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals against Cornell.
The announcement of a unified North and South Korean hockey team came just last week, and it is expected that a contingent North Korean players will join the 23-member South Korean roster. The South Korean national team is currently ranked 22nd in the world by the IIHF and is coached by Sarah Murray, who played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2006-10.
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Following this road trip, the Crimson will return home for back-to-back weekends hosting Colgate and Cornell and Union and Rensselaer. Mixed into those weekends will be the 40th women's Beanpot tournament slated for Feb. 6 and 13.