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First Road Test as No. 10 Women's Hockey Faces No. 2 Cornell, Colgate

Leanna Coskren netted Harvard's final goal in a 4-2 win against Brown last weekend (Gil Talbot).

Game Notes (pdf)

The Particulars

The Harvard women's hockey team hits the road for a pair of ECAC Hockey matchups, squaring off against Ivy League rival No. 2 Cornell Friday night at Lynah Rink and Colgate Saturday at Starr Rink. This weekend marks the first road contests  of the season for Harvard, as well as its first ranked opponent in Cornell.

Follow From Home
GoCrimson.com will provide live statistics for this weekend's games, all home games and most road contests this season.  Video is available for the Harvard-Cornell matchup on Cornell's athletics website, CornellBigRed.com.

Series History
Harvard holds the all-time series edge against Cornell with a record of 50-19-3, despite dropping two of three games to the Big Red last year. The Crimson had a ten-game winning streak against the Big Red coming into last season, but Cornell downed Harvard twice, once in the NCAA quarterfinal, and skated to a 4-4 tie en route to an appearance in the national championship game. The last time Harvard lost a game to Cornell in back-to-back seasons was in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

The Crimson and Raiders have faced off 19 times and Harvard holds a significant advantage in the all-time series at 16-1-2. Last season, Harvard recorded wins of 2-1 and 5-1 over Colgate to extend its series unbeaten streak to six games. The last time Harvard lost to the Raiders was during the 2006-07 season, a 3-1 decision.  

Last Time Out
A balanced attack led the Crimson to its first victory of the 2010-11 campaign as four different players scored in a 4-2 win over Brown, Saturday at Bright Hockey Center. Josephine Pucci, Liza Ryabkina, Jillian Dempsey and Leanna Coskren all scored against the Bears. Kaitlin Spurling, Kelsey Romatoski, Gina McDonald and Pucci all recorded assists in the game while goalie Laura Bellamy made 13 saves. The Harvard blueline held Brown to just 15 shots on the game after holding Yale to 13 the night before.

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone is in her 17th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 340-144-28 career  record, the most all-time victories in Division I women's hockey. Stone has led Harvard to all eight of its NCAA tournament appearances and was named the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team in the summer of 2010. Because of her committment to the National Team, Stone will not be behind the bench during Harvard's next four games as she will be with Team USA at the Four Nations Cup. Assistant coaches Melanie Ruzzi and Maura Crowell will lead the team against Cornell and Colgate.  

Crimson Captains
Leading the Crimson will be three senior captains: Kate Buesser (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Leanna Coskren (Walpole, Mass.) and Liza Ryabkina (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

Preseason Prognostications
The ECAC Hockey coaches picked Harvard third in their preseason poll and voted senior forward Kate Buesser to the preseason all-conference team.

Team (first-place votes)    Points
1. Cornell (11)    121
2. Clarkson (1)     105
3. Harvard    103
4. Quinnipiac    79
5. St. Lawrence    77
6. Princeton    73
7. Rensselaer    70
8. Dartmouth    52
9. Colgate    43
10. Yale     34
11. Brown    24
12. Union     11

New Faces
Seven freshmen will don the crimson, black and white this season. The class of 2014 is comprised of goaltender Lauren Joarnt (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Kalley Armstrong (Maple, Ont.), Lyndsey Fry (Chandler, Ariz.), Marissa Gedman (Framingham, Mass.), Gina McDonald (New Brighton, Minn.), Elizabeth Parker (Acton, Mass.) and Jackie Young (Medford, Mass.).

Rank And File
Harvard began the 2010-11 regular season schedule ranked in both national polls. The Crimson is No. 10 in the most recent USCHO.com poll while the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll also has Harvard at No. 10.

About Cornell
The Big Red enters the Harvard matchup as one of the hottest teams in college hockey. After a slim, 3-2, win over Robert Morris to start the season, Cornell outscored its next three opponents by a combined score of 19-3, downing Robert Morris, 9-1, and taking down Quinnipiac and Princeton by scores of 5-1. Cornell absorbed its first loss of the season in its last game, falling to No. 4 Mercyhurst, 4-3, in overtime at Lynah Rink. The game against Mercyhurst kicked off a seven-game homestand for the Big Red.  

About Colgate
At 3-5-0 overall and 1-1-0 in conference action, the Raiders are also amidst an extended stay at home, welcoming Dartmouth to Starr Rink on Friday before taking on the Crimson Saturday. The Raiders have a handful of noteworthy wins already this season, taking down No. 8 New Hampshire in their second game of the season and holding off league rival Quinnipiac, 2-1 in overtime, their last time out. Colgate has faced three ranked teams already this season and holds a 1-2-0 record in those contests.  

Empire State of Mind
Last season, the Crimson compiled a 6-6-2 overall record against teams from the state of New York. Harvard was an even 3-3-1 at home and on the road against New York teams.  

Here We Go
Cornell represents the first ranked opponent for Harvard in the 2010-11 season as the Big Red enter the game ranked second in the nation. Harvard was 5-2-4 against ranked opponents during the regular season last year, but dropped decisions to nationally-ranked Clarkson and Cornell in the 2010-11 playoffs.

Hold Your Fire
In six periods of regulation hockey so far this season, Harvard has yet to allow double-digit shots in a given period. Against Yale, Harvard limited the Bulldogs to 13 shots in the game including just three in the second period. Brown managed 15 total shots and fired just two in the second stanza. The Crimson is now outshooting its opponents 83-28 through two games.

It's All Over
Harvard is 112-2-6 (.958) since the start of the 2004-05 season when leading after two periods.