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No. 7 Women's Hockey Looks to Keep Perfect ECAC Start in Home-Opening Weekend

Elizabeth Parker and the Crimson will play their first game at Bright Hockey Center this season on Friday (photo Gil Talbot).
 
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The No. 7 Harvard women's ice hockey team will look to remain undefeated and untied in the ECAC with matchups against Colgate and No. 2 Cornell this weekend. The Crimson takes on Colgate at 7 p.m. Friday before seeing the Big Red at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

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  • The No. 7 @harvardcrimson women's hockey team looks to stay undefeated in the ECAC with games against Colgate and No. 2 Cornell Nov. 23-24
  • Jillian Dempsey of @harvardcrimson women's hockey enters the weekend 2nd in the NCAA in goals per game (1.2) and 6th in pts per game (2.2)
Around the ECAC
Harvard and travel partner Dartmouth will square off against ECAC foes Colgate and Cornell in the only conference matchups Nov. 23-24. The Crimson and Big Red are two of three undefeated teams in the ECAC as Clarkson, which has the weekend off, is also unblemished in conference play. Quinnipiac, Yale, Brown, Princeton, and RPI will play non-conference games this weekend.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson (4-1-0, 4-0-0 ECAC) was off to an undefeated, untied start through four games for the first time since 2007-08 before being tripped up by Boston University, 2-1, in its last outing. Harvard's defense has been one of the best in the country thus far in 2012-13. The Crimson's goalie tandem of senior Laura Bellamyand freshman Emerance Maschmeyer has allowed just three goals in the first five games, while making 84 saves for a .966 save percentage. Bellamy has registered two shutouts and Maschmeyer earned her first clean slate in Harvard's win at Yale Nov. 3. The Crimson's 0.60 goals against average ranks second in the country behind No. 1 Minnesota's 0.57 mark.
Harvard's offense has also been impressive, averaging 3.80 goals per contest. Senior Jillian Dempsey leads the squad with 11 points, including six goals, and is riding an 19-game points streak. Junior Lyndsey Fry, who was part of Team USA's gold-medal winning club at the Four Nations Cup in Finland, has tallied four goals and five assists.

Scouting Colgate (Team Page)
The Raiders (3-9-1, 0-5-1 ECAC) have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2012-13 having dropped two contests at No. 1 Minnesota, two to No. 2 Cornell and another to No. 9 Northeastern. Seniors Brittany Phillips and Jenna Klynstra lead Colgate in points with nine and seven, respectively. Phillips is tied for the team lead in goals (3) and assists (6), while Klynstra has also contributed six helpers. Sophomore Miriam Drubel and junior Jocelyn Simpson have found the back of the net on three occasions apiece. In goal, freshman Ashlynne Rando (1-3-1 record) and sophomore Susan Allen (2-5-0 record) have split time. Rando is allowing 4.11 goals pergame while making .878 percent of saves and Allen comes in with a 4.41 GAA and .865 save percentage. 

Series History - Colgate
Harvard leads the all-time series against Colgate, 20-1-2, since the two teams' first meeting in 1979. The Crimson has taken down the Raiders on seven consecutive occasions as the last time Harvard did not get two points against Colgate came after a 5-5 tie in 2008. Last year, Harvard shutout Colgate, 2-0 and 4-0, on two occasions to push its shutout streak over the Raiders to three games. The last time Colgate scored more than one goal against Harvard was in 2008's five-goal affair.

Scouting No. 2 Cornell (Team Page)
Cornell (8-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC) enters the weekend on a seven-game winning streak, the nation's second longest run behind No. 1 Minnesota's 14 game streak. The Big Red's offense ranks third in the country with 4.67 goals per game and is led by the NCAA's fourth-leading scorer, Brianne Jenner. The junior has totaled eight goals and eight assists in seven games played for 2.29 points per game. Sophomore Jillian Saulnier also ranks highly on the national charts with 1.22 assists per game (6th) and 1.67 points per game (12th). Junior Lauren Slebodnic has seen the majority of time in goal for Cornell this season and enters the weekend with a 5-1-0 record. Slebodnick has made .908 percent of saves and allowed 1.79 goals per contest. Sophomore Katelyn Pippy has also impressed with a 3-0-0 mark, .952 save percentage and 0.79 GAA in 153:30 minutes in net. 

Series History - Cornell
The Crimson owns a 50-23-3 series lead against Cornell since first defeating the Big Red,4-3 (OT), in 1981-12. Harvard went on a 20-game winning streak over Cornell from 2002-2009, but the Big Red has not lost to the Crimson since. Cornell is 6-0-1 against Harvard since 2009. The Big Red swept the Crimson, 2-0 and 5-3, in 2011-12. 

Harvard's Last Time Out
Freshman Mary Parker tallied a third-period goal to pull No. 6/5 Harvard within one, but the Crimson failed to find an equalizer in a 2-1 loss at No. 7/7 Boston University Nov. 18. Harvard put eight shots on goal over the course of the last 18 minutes, but each attempt was saved. Laura Bellamy made 21 saves, including nine in the third period, as BU outshot the Crimson, 23-20, on the day.

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Dempsey's Hot Streak
Jillian Dempsey, who played in her 100th career game at Boston University Nov. 18, is riding a career-high 19-game points streak entering the weekend. Dempsey contributed a third period assist at BU in the Crimson's last outing to keep her run alive. The senior co-captain has tallied 22 goals and 15 assists for 1.95 points per game during the last 19 contests.

Killin' It
Harvard has denied its opponents in each of the 13 power-play opportunities it has given up this season. The Crimson kill is ranked No. 1 in land and Harvard is the only team in the country to have not given up a power-play goal before Thanksgiving. Since the start of the calendar year, the Crimson has allowed just seven power-play goals in 25 games, and has killed 84 of 91 opponent power plays.

Stay Out of the Box
Of the 34 teams in NCAA Division I women's college hockey, Harvard has been the least penalized this season. The Crimson has spent an average of 5.2 minutes in man-down situations, over a full minute less than second-place Bemidji State (6.3). Colgate has been penalized the 12th most in the country (9.8 minutes per game) and Cornell has served the 7th most minutes (10.9 per game).

Related Link: College Hockey Stats National Rankings

We're Coming Home
The Crimson is the last team in the country to play its home opener. Harvard started the 2012-13 campaign with five straight games on the road for only the second time in program history. The only other time Harvard has begun the year with its first five contests away from home was 1992-93.

Four Nations
The USA Women's National Hockey Team, coached by Harvard's Katey Stone, captured gold at the Four Nations Cup tournament held in Vantaa, Finland Nov. 6-10. Stone had three Crimson skaters in red, white and blue on the ice including current players Lyndsey Fry and Michelle Picard and Harvard graduate Julie Chu '06-07. Fry led the Harvard players with a goal and two assists, while Picard and Chu each registered one assist during the tournament. 

Related Article: Stone, Fry, Picard Lead Team USA to Gold at Four Nations Cup in Finland