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Princeton, Quinnipiac Visit Bright for No. 2 Women's Hockey's First Home Games of 2013

Freshman Mary Parker has made an immediate impact on the ice this season. The newcomer ranks 13th among freshman with 0.85 points per game (photo Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's ice hockey team, which recently jumped to No. 2 in both national polls, welcomes Princeton and Quinnipiac to Bright Hockey Center for the Crimson's first two home games of 2013. Friday's matchup is slated for a 7 p.m. start, while the puck drops Saturday at 4 p.m.

Follow From Home
The game will be available to follow via live stats and live video. To access the respective pages, follow the links at the top. Live video streaming of all Crimson home games will be available by subscription through GoCrimson.com with the official voice of Harvard women's hockey, Eric Steckling, on the call.

Tweetables
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  • .@HarvardWHockey, the No. 2 team in the NCAA, welcomes Princeton and Quinnipiac to Bright this weekend #GoCrimson
  • This is the first time @HarvardWHockey has reached a ranking as high as No. 2 since March 10, 2008
  • Jillian Dempey of  @HarvardWHockey, the ECAC PoW, ranks No. 2 in the nation in goals per game (1.23) and No. 3 in points per game (2.38)
  • .@HarvardWHockey has two goalies, Maschmeyer and Bellamy, who rank in the top three in GAA (0.60 and 0.99, respectively) in the NCAA

Around the ECAC
Other than Harvard and travel-partner Dartmouth inviting Princeton and Quinnipiac to their respective home rinks, there are four other teams playing conference games this weekend as Clarkson and St. Lawrence will take turns skating at Brown and Yale. In non-conference action, RPI and Union will host two-game series against Providence and Penn State, respectively. Cornell also visits Northeastern, and Colgate travels to RIT for a game televised on Time Warner Cable today.

Last Time Out
Kelsey Romatoski scored the game-winner in the third period to propel the Crimson to a 2-1 win at Rensselaer Jan. 5. Emerance Maschmeyer picked up the win in goal by making 19 saves, including eight in the third period to shutout RPI in the frame. Kalley Armstrong gave Harvard a 1-0 lead in the second period on an assist from Jillian Dempsey, before Rensselaer knotted the score later in the frame. The Crimson also stormed past Union, 9-0, the night before behind five points (2 goals, 3 assists) from Dempsey.

Related Link: Romatoski's Third-Period Goal Gives No. 4 Women's Hockey 2-1 Win at RPI

Scouting the Tigers (Team Page)
Princeton (6-10-2, 2-8-2 ECAC) sits in eighth place of the ECAC with six points on the season. The Tigers have lost three consecutive conference games but did win a 4-1 decision over Connecticut in its last outing. Senior Kelly Cooke, the team's leader with 11 goals, contributed a goal and an assist to help Princeton past the Huskies. Freshman Kimberly Newell is the Tigers' regular goalie, starting 16 of the team's 18 games, and enters the weekend with a 5-9-2 record. She boasts a 3.26 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.

Series History - Princeton
The Crimson has topped Princeton on four consecutive occasions to build a 40-30-4 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers. Harvard cruised past Princeton, 9-1, Oct. 27 with help from a natural hat trick by Lyndsey Fry. Jillian Dempsey added two goals and three assists to tie a career high with five points and claim the ECAC Player of the Week award.

Scouting the Bobcats (Team Page)
Quinnipiac (12-7-2, 8-2-1 ECAC) trails Harvard by one point in the ECAC standings but has played three more conference games than the Crimson. The Bobcats are on a season-best five game winning streak entering the weekend, having topped Connecticut, RPI, Union and Princeton twice since its last loss Nov. 23 vs. Boston College. Kelly Babstock, who was recently invited to the U.S. Women's National Team Winter Camp, has been Quinnipiac's top offensive threat in 2012-13. The junior paces the team with 1.90 points per game, the fifth-best total in the country.

Series History - Quinnipiac
Harvard is 12-2-1 in the all-time series against the Bobcats since the teams first met in 2005. Earlier this season, Harvard blanked Quinnipiac, 2-0, as Laura Bellamy made 30 saves in the season-opening win. Jillian Dempsey and Hillary Crowe scored goals for the Crimson in one of just two games this season that Harvard has been outshot by its opponent.

Dempsey Dominates ECAC Awards
Jillian Dempsey was named the Hogan Hockey/ECAC Player of the Month for December after leading the conference in goals with five in just two contests and was also named the conference's player of the week Jan. 8. She is the first player in the two-year history of the award to win in back-to-back months. Dating back to last season, the co-captain has now won three of the last four player of the month honors. Dempsey started the month with four goals in an 8-1 rout of Providence, before netting the game-tying goal in the third period of an eventual 2-2 draw at New Hampshire. was named the ECAC Player of the Month for November after leading Harvard to a 6-1-0 record with six goals, eight assists and 14 points. She earned ECAC Player of the Week honors Jan. 8 by having a six-point weekend at Union and RPI.

Related Link: Dempsey Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for Third Time in 2012-13

Top Two
Harvard senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer have been two of the top goaltenders in the nation to start the season. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.60) and save percentage (.967), with Maschmeyer ranking third in the nation in GAA (0.99) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.943). Only Noora Räty of Minnesota is also allowing less than one goal per game while saving more than 94% of shots.

Related Link: NCAA Statistics 

Killin' It
Harvard has denied its opponents in 40 of 42 power-play opportunities it has given up this season. The Crimson kill is ranked No. 2 in land at 95.2%. Minnesota edges the Crimson at 95.4% (83/87).

D is the Key
The Crimson's defense, led by the goaltending tandem of Emerance Maschmeyer and Laura Bellamy, has been one of the toughest to score on this season. Harvard has allowed just 0.77 goals per game to rank second in the nation in scoring defense behind Minnesota's 0.60 mark.

Going Camping
Three Crimson skaters, Jillian Dempsey, Lyndsey Fry and Michell Picard, and head coach Katey Stone traveled to Blaine, Minn., during the final six days of 2012 for the U.S. Women's National Team Winter Camp. Stone, who doubles as Team USA's head coach, ran the camp which featured two days of physical fitness testing, three days of practice and three games. Former Crimson Julie Chu'06-07 and Caitlin Cahow '06-08 were also at the camp along with current ECAC players Jordan Smelker (RPI), Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac) and Alyssa Gagliardi (Cornell).

Related Link: Dempsey, Fry, Picard to Participate in U.S. Women's National Team Winter Camp

Edney Internationally
Sarah Edney  skated with the Canadian Women's Development Team during the 2013 Meco Cup, helping the squad to the gold medal at the Füssen Arena Jan. 6. Former Crimson goalie Christina Kessler '10 also starred for the Canadians at the event. Edney added Canada's eighth goal in the team's 8-3 win over Russia in the gold-medal match, while Kessler started in goal and picked put the win. The empty-net tally was the first of the tournament for Edney, a sophomore defender from Mississauga, Ont. Kessler also added a 4-0 shutout victory in Canada's first preliminary game against Switzerland.

Related Link: Edney Helps Canada's Development Team to Meco Cup Gold

In the Rankings
The Crimson is ranked No. 2 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings. The No. 2 spot is Harvard's highest ranking in the polls since coming in at No. 1 in the USCHO poll on March 10, 2008.

Related Link: NCAA Rankings

Winning the Kill
During ECAC play, Harvard has scored more goals than opponents while the Crimson is on the penalty kill. Harvard has scored two short-handed goals and has allowed its opponents to score just one power-play tally.

Flawless Third
Harvard has not allowed a third-period goal in nine ECAC games, it is the only team to have blanked all of its opponents in any period

Back of the Net
The Crimson's offense has been stellar this season, posting 4.31 goals per game in its first 13 contests. Harvard's offensive output is ranked fourth in the NCAA to combine with its 0.77 goals against average for a 3.54 scoring margin. Only Minnesota  (5.10) and Mercyhurst (3.00) have also topped opponents by more than three goals per game.

Undefeated
Harvard is undefeated when leading after one period (10-0-0), leading after two periods (9-0-0), scoring first (11-0-1), outshooting opponents (10-0-1), scoring three or more goals (7-0-0), in night games (7-0-0), in the ECAC (9-0-0), in the Ivy League (5-0-0), on Fridays (6-0-0) and Saturdays (4-0-1).

Streaking
The Crimson is undefeated in its last eight games for the third longest active streak in the country. Boston College, Harvard's first round opponent in the Beanpot, has not lost in its last 14 games (12-0-2) and Minnesota has won its first 20 games of the season. The Gophers' season-opening streak has helped Minnesota win its last 28 games to set a new NCAA record, topping Harvard's previous mark of 21 set in 2008.

Get Ahead, Stay Ahead
Harvard has yet to trail in an ECAC contest this season, while holding a lead during 76.8% of time on the ice. Overall, Harvard has held the lead 65.8% of the time, trailed 7.1% and been tied 27.0%.

Strong Start
Harvard is off to one of its best starts in program history with 11 wins in its first 13 games. This is the quickest the Crimson's has posted 11 wins since starting the 2007-08 campaign 11-0-0.

Armstrong for the Win
Kalley Armstong has tallied four goals this season and three have counted as the game-winner. She scored the initial goal in a shutout of Brown Nov. 2 and has followed with Harvard's second goal in 3-1 wins over No. 2 Cornell and No. 9 Northeastern.

Spreading The Wealth
Michelle Picard and Abigail Harris became the 13th and 14th Crimson players to score this season with their first career goals at Union Jan. 4. Overall, 17 Harvard players have registered at least one point this season.

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion. This month, Jillian Dempsey's four goals against Providence came in at No. 4.

Head Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 19th season as Harvard's head coach, and enters the weekend with a 389-165-32 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 is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team. 

White the Bright
Harvard will host its first "White the Bright" game Feb. 8 when archrival Yale visits Bright Hockey Center with the goal of breaking the program's attendance record. The Crimson's record since women's hockey became an NCAA sport is 1,921 fans, set Jan. 11, 2004 in a matchup with Dartmouth. Harvard will provide a number of ways to receive free tickets, while also having free giveaways and gameday promotions for fans.

Related Link: Women's Hockey Looks to Break Program's Attendance Record at "White the Bright"

Up Next
The Crimson hosts Connecticut Tuesday, before welcoming RPI and Union to Bright next weekend.