|Harvard at No. 8/8 St. Lawrence
Feb. 16, 2018
Greg Lapinski, Wally Johnson
Harvard leads 38-17-7
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Harvard | St. Lawrence
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team treks to North Country to wrap up the regular season this weekend. On Friday, the Crimson will take on No. 8/8 St. Lawrence at 6 p.m. and will turn around to face No. 2/2 Clarkson on Saturday at 3 p.m. Both contests will be streamed on the host school's video platform. Harvard has already clinched a spot in the ECAC playoffs, so the team will look to build momentum heading into post season and potentially alter its opponent draw with this weekend's results.
Sophomore Kat Hughes was selected as NCAA Ice Hockey's first star of the week after scoring both game-winning goals and collecting five points last weekend. The winger was also named ECAC Hockey's Player of the week after her performance. She has tallied at least a point in each of the last four games, a career high streak with three goals and four assists.
Becca Gilmore was named ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Week after a six -point weekend against Union and Rensselaer. The freshman notched her second four-point outing of the season on Saturday netting a goal and three assists.
Becca Gilmore leads the team in points (30). She is the first 30+ point scorer since the 2015-16 season and the first freshman to record 30+ points since 2005-2006 when Jenny Brine tallied 31 in her collegiate debut.
Randi Griffin '10 made history on Wednesday, scoring the first Olympic goal for the Korean women's hockey team. The PyeongChang Olympics is the first time that North Korea and South Korea have competed as a single nation in a team sport.
Senior Chelsea Ziadie will play in her 100th career game on Saturday at Clarkson.
Harvard's second line is responsible for 21 of 33 of the Crimson's points in the last three outings. The trio has scored nine of 12 goals, including all three game-winners.
Last Time Out
A strong opening to the third period led the Crimson to a 4-3 victory over Northeastern in the Beanpot consolation game on Tuesday night, Feb. 13 at Conte Forum. Freshman Becca Gilmore helped erase a two-goal deficit early in the third, sealing the win for Harvard with the game-tying and game-winning goals.
The Crimson opened scoring nearly four minutes into the first period when freshman Keely Moy tallied her ninth goal of the season off a feed from Gilmore to give Harvard a 1-0 lead. Northeastern would then go on to earn the next three tallies. The Huskies first evened the score just two minutes after Harvard's goal and added another to take a 2-1 lead late in the first period.
Almost halfway through the second period, Northeastern scored a shorthanded goal to increase its lead to two. Harvard tightened the gap at 9:50 in the second on a goal by Ali Peper with assists from Bradley Fusco and Kaitlin Tse to come back within one. Down 3-2 heading into the third period, the Crimson came out firing, taking a 4-3 lead less than eight minutes into the frame off of Gilmore's back-to-back goals.
Freshman goaltender Becky Dutton picked up her second win of the season, making 20 saves in net and turning away all of Northeastern's shots in the third period. Offensively, Gilmore led the Crimson with seven shots on goal and owned a .615 faceoff percentage. Harvard outshot the Huskies 27-23 including 10-6 in the second period and 10-7 in the third.
A Story of 100 Games
Senior Chelsea Ziadie is set to play in her 100th career game against Clarkson on Saturday. Through her four seasons, the blue liner has scored six goals and added nine assists and has skated in every game during her junior and senior campaigns.
Ziadie made her collegiate debut on Oct. 31, 2014 in a 4-1 win against Rensselaer. The defenseman scored her first collegiate point with an assist on Harvard's fifth goal in a 7-1 win over Brown on Feb. 7, 2015. Ziadie did not tally a single penalty minute during her freshman campaign, the only Harvard skater with a clean sheet that season.
Ziadie returned for her sophomore year in full force, playing in all but one contest. She earned her first career start in the season opener at Dartmouth, and would go on to start in 27 of her 31 games played that year. The Pointe-Claire, Quebec native notched a career high +4 rating and had the primary assist on Harvard's first goal in a 6-2 win over No. 10 Colgate on Jan. 9. Ziadie found the back of the net for the first time in her career in a 4-1 win over Yale on Feb. 6. The blue-liner lit the lamp just 4:15 into the game on a one-timer from the slot, in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. At the end of her sophomore season, Ziadie received the Joe Bertagna Award, an honor recognizing the most improved player.
Ziadie continued to be a solid competitor during her junior season, appearing in all 29 games for the Crimson. She posted a career high point-streak with back-to-back goals against No. 3/3 Clarkson and Boston University in the Beanpot. Both contests ended in ties.
This season, Ziadie has donned the Crimson jersey in all 27 games and has gotten the starting nod in 25 contests. Ziadie made an immediate impact this season, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the season opener against Dartmouth. She tied her career high point streak early in the season, posting assists in back-to-back games against Princeton and Dartmouth. She is tied for the most power-play goals on the team and has blocked a team-high 39 shots on net. She is again the only skater on the Crimson roster to have not registered a penalty, and one of just 10 ECAC players to have not committed an infraction playing in at least 50 percent of total games. The senior is set to graduate this spring with dual concentrations in Sociology and Economics and is a resident of Adams House.
After Japan took a 2-0 lead in the first, Randi Griffin would etch her name in the record books midway through the second, when she forged a shot from the left circle that dribbled through Akane Konishi's pads to score for Team Korea.
Active Point Streaks
Five Crimson players are on active point streaks, with three having scored in the last three or four games.
Kat Hughes has set a new career high of four consecutive games with a point or more. Since the Beanpot first round, Hughes has collected seven points, including two goals and an assist against Rensselaer.
Earlier this week, Kat Hughes was named the NCAA Ice Hockey First Star of the Week after her five-point weekend against Union and Rensselaer. The sophomore posted both game-winning goals and tied her career high of three points in a single game with two goals and an assist against Rensselaer. The performance also earned her the first ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honor of her career.
Becca Gilmore led the team with six points this weekend, earning her ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Week Award, her second of the season. Gilmore went on to add another three points in the Beanpot consolation on Tuesday against Northeastern. The center scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals to help effectively erase a 3-1 deficit early on.
30 is the new 20
Becca Gilmore tallied her 30th career point on Tuesday against Northeastern. Last season, Harvard's leading scorer accumulated 21 points through 29 games. Gilmore's 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) are the most for a freshman since Jenny Brine notched 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) in 35 games during the 2005-06 season.
Her 1.11 points per game rank 17th in the nation, seventh in the ECAC and fourth among all NCAA freshmen and second among ECAC freshmen. Her team-leading 18 assists rank 11th in the conference.
Gilmore also leads the team in multi-point outings with ten, four of which were three-plus point efforts.
Following this weekend's games, Harvard will prepare for post-season, after narrowly missing playoffs last year. Prior to the weekend, the Crimson sit sixth in the conference with 20 league points. While the team would need a sweep to jump Quinnipiac in fifth (23 points), a tie or win would distance the Crimson from Princeton and Yale that are right on its heels at 19 and 16 points respectively.
Ivy League Standings
After finishing fourth in the Ivy League last season, Harvard has jumped to second with a 6-2-2 record against Ancient Eight programs. Cornell edged out the Crimson with an 8-1-1 record against Ivy schools but Harvard was able to outlast Princeton and Yale in the next two slots with 5-3-0 and 5-3-1 records respectively.
Harvard has won 11 Ivy League championships in women's hockey, the most recent in 2015.
Scouting St. Lawrence
Last weekend, the Saints clinched home ice for the playoffs with a 3-2 overtime win at Princeton. Leading scorer Kennedy Marchment had a hand in two of the goals and has tallied at least one point in 14 of the last 15 games for St. Lawrence. Nadine Edney, who scored the ot winner, has notched points in six of the last seven contests.
St. Lawrence and Harvard are posting similar stats, with the Saints having a slight edge on power-play percentage and Harvard having a small advantage on penalty kill effectiveness. Last weekend, the Saints also skated to a 1-1 tie with Quinnipiac.
The Clarkson Golden Knights were on a 15-game tear before the Princeton Tigers shut them out at Hobey Baker Rink last Friday. Clarkson came back to shut out Quinnipiac 2-0 on Saturday but the No. 2 power-play in the nation was only able to connect on one of five opportunities during the pair of games.
Clarkson's top scorers lead the ECAC and rank fourth in the nation with 58 points apiece. Veteran Loren Gabel has 28 goals and 30 assists but was held off the scoresheet last weekend. Freshman Elizabeth Giguere has 22 goals and 36 assists but was also stifled last weekend, scoring just once at Quinnipiac.
The Crimson will await its fate in the 2018 ECAC playoffs this weekend. Pending final results from the regular season, Harvard will hit the road for the opening round next weekend.