Women's Hockey Takes on BU in Beanpot Consolation Game Tuesday
Emerance Maschmeyer is the top freshman goalie in the country and ranks third overall in the NCAA with a 1.19 goals-against average (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's hockey team will look to shake off Winter Storm Nemo and rebound from a first-round loss to No. 2 BC, 2-1, in the Beanpot when it faces BU in the Beanpot Consolation Tuesday.
Nemo a Nemesis
Winter Storm Nemo, which dumped well over 20 inches of snow on the Boston and Cambridge area, postponed Harvard's games previously scheduled for Friday vs. Yale and Saturday vs. Brown. The Brown game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m., while the Yale game's makeup date has yet to be announced.
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The Crimson (17-3-2, 14-1-1 ECAC) looks to rebound from a first-round loss in the Beanpot, a 2-1 decision to No. 2 Boston College Tuesday. Harvard is one point behind Clarkson and Cornell in the ECAC standings, but has played two less games due to Winter Storm Nemo postponing both of Harvard's games last weekend. The Crimson has owned the ECAC with stingy defensive play and two of the top goaltenders in the nation. Senior Laura Bellamy is the NCAA leader in goals-against average (0.79) and is tied for first in save percentage (.958), while freshman Emerance Maschmeyer is not far behind with a 1.19 GAA because of her 94 percent save rate.
At the other end, senior Jillian Dempsey paces the Crimson's first line, along with juniors Kalley Armstrong and Lyndsey Fry. Dempsey is second in the conference with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists), and Fry ranks fifth with 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists). Armstrong has contributed nine goals this season, including five game-winners, which is the sixth-best total in the nation.
Last Time Out
Emerance Maschmeyer made a career-high 34 saves and Mary Parker gave Harvard a third-period lead, but it was not enough as No. 2 Boston College scored twice in the last 12:38 of the Beanpot's first round to win 2-1 at Matthews Arena. The 60 minutes between the top-five teams was tight throughout in what felt like a playoff-style atmosphere. The Crimson managed to outshoot the Eagles, 41-36, resulting in the team's first loss when taking more shots than its opponent.
Scouting Boston University (Team Page)
Boston University (18-4-3, 13-2-1 WHEA), which also had a game postponed this weekend due to Nemo, fell to Northeastern, 4-1, in the Beanpot first during during the Terriers' last time out. Freshman Jordan Juron scored her fourth goal of the season, but NU's Kendall Coyne countered with a hat trick to propel the Huskies to the title game. BU has previously been riding a 13-game unbeaten streak thanks to the efforts of junior Marie-Philip Poulin, senior Isabel Menard and freshman Sarah Lefort, who have all topped 30 points this season. Lefort leads the team with 15 points and senior Jenelle Kohanchuk has added 13.
In net, junior Kerrin Sperry has a 15-3-3 record with a 2.36 goals-against average. She has made 91.2 percent of saves this season. Senior Alissa Fromkin has appeared in six games, with four starts, and has a 3-1-0 record.
Last Meeting with BU (Recap | Box Score)
Mary Parker tallied a third-period goal to pull the Crimson within one, but the Crimson failed to find an equalizer in a 2-1 loss at Boston University Nov. 18. Harvard put eight shots on goal over the course of the last 18 minutes, but each attempt was saved by Kerrin Sperry. Laura Bellamy made 21 saves for Harvard, while Sperry stopped 19 Crimson attempts.
The Crimson leads the all-time series against BU, 21-9. Harvard won 20 straight games against the Terriers from 1981-2009, but Boston University has come away with wins in the last three meetings. BU claimed a 2-1 win Nov. 18 and last season, the Terriers knocked off Harvard, 5-2, in the first round of the Beanpot.
Beanpot Records - Streaks
All-time – 42-28, L 4
vs. BC – 14-9, L 3 Last win: Feb. 2, 2010 – Harvard 5, BC 0
vs. BU – 14-2, L 1
vs. NU – 14-16, W 10 Last loss: Feb. 10, 1998 – NU 5, Harvard 4
vs. Brown – 0-1, L 1
Preliminary – 27-9, L 2 (Two games in 1994)
Consolation – 3-4, L 1
Championship – 13-14, L 1
OT – 6-2, L 1 Last: Feb. 6, 2007 - BC 4, Harvard 3 (3 OT)
SO – 1-0, W 1 Last: Feb. 8, 2011 - Harvard 3, NU 3 (OT), Harvard wins shootout 2-1
Katey Stone – 27-10, L 4 (10 titles)
Related Link: Full Beanpot Results
Chu to Enter Hall of Fame
Julie Chu '06-07 will be inducted to the Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame Feb. 5. Chu, who is a three-time Olympian, helped guide the Crimson to three Beanpot championships from 2003-05. She recorded four goals and 17 assists during Beanpot contests, including two goals and three assists in three title game appearances.
Related Link: Julie Chu '06-07 Set to Join Women's Beanpot Hall of Fame
Jillian Dempsey was featured in the latest edition of "Kaz Watch," a weekly series highlighting the nation's top performers and potential Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalists. Harvard has won six "Patty Kaz" honors, the most of any program in the country, since its inception 1998. Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 was the last Crimson to bring the award, presented to the nation's best player to Cambridge in 2008.
Related Link: Kaz Watch: Jillian Dempsey is 'Living the Dream' at Harvard
Harvard senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer are two of the top goaltenders in the nation. Bellamy ranks No. 1 in goals-against average (0.79) and save percentage (.958), with Maschmeyer ranking third in the nation in GAA (1.19) and fifth in save percentage (.940). The NCAA record for GAA is 0.83 (Jessie Vetter, Wisconsin, 2007), while the save percentage mark is .955 (Christine Dufour, Wisconsin, 2007). Bellamy is on pace to set both national marks.
Related Link: NCAA Statistics
Harvard has denied its opponents in 66 of 71 power-play opportunities this season, including 35 straight kills over the course of 10+ games from Nov. 27 at Northeastern until Jan. 25 at Clarkson. The Crimson kill is the top-ranked unit in the country at 93.0 percent, ahead of Minnesota's 91.8-percent (112/122) mark. The NCAA record for penalty kill percentage is 95.7 percent (112/117), set by the 2003 Crimson.
One of the Greats
Katey Stone is quickly approaching 400 wins for her career, all at Harvard. She will be one of six coaches in all of NCAA Division I hockey (men's or women's) to win 400 games at one school over the last 20 years.
1. Red Berenson, Michigan – 559
2. Jerry York, BC – 462
3. Jack Parker, BU – 460
4. Richard Umile, UNH – 453
5. George Gwozdehy, Denver – 438
6. Katey Stone, Harvard – 395
Cracking the Top 10
Jillian Dempsey is one point away from breaking into the top ten on Harvard's career points list. With the second of her three goals against Princeton Feb. 25, 2012, Dempsey became the 21st player in Harvard history to collect 100 points in her career.
Harvard travels to Cornell and Colgate this weekend for two important ECAC games. The Big Red currently stand one point ahead of the Crimson in the conference standings, although Cornell has played two more games. Colgate sits in eighth place and is a potential first-round opponent for Harvard in the ECAC playoffs.