No. 3 Seed Harvard Women's Hockey Hosts Dartmouth in ECAC Quarterfinals
Bellamy made 26 saves to shutout Dartmouth, 6-0, Nov. 30 (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Harvard women's hockey team, coming off its first Ivy League title since 2009, welcomes Dartmouth to Bright Hockey Center this weekend for a best-of-three series in the ECAC quarterfinals. The first to two wins will advance to the ECAC semifinals, which will be hosted at the highest remaining seed.
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. Also, follow@HarvardCrimson and @HarvardWHockey on Twitter for updates from the games. 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.
The ECAC Playoffs (Conference Page)
Harvard will be the No. 3 seed in the ECAC playoffs, while Dartmouth has earned the No. 6 seed. Cornell, the league's champion, is the No. 1 seed and faces No. 8 Colgate, as No. 2 Clarkson plays No. 7 RPI and No. 5 St. Lawrence visits No. 4 Quinnipiac.
Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson (21-5-3, 17-3-2 ECAC) has relied on strong defensive play to get to 20 wins for the second consecutive year and eighth time in the last 11 seasons. Harvard's goaltending tandem of senior Laura Bellamy and freshman Emerance Maschmeyer has helped the Crimson to the second-ranked defense in the country, allowing only 1.17 goals per game. Bellamy is the NCAA's leader in goals-against average at 0.92, while Maschmeyer has won three games against ranked teams.
Offensively, Jillian Dempsey paces the Crimson with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists. Dempsey is ninth in the country in goals per game with 0.79. Lyndsey Fry, who has tallied 14 goals and 18 assists, is Harvard's second leading scorer.
Last Time Out (Recap | Box Score)
Yale kept it close with Harvard, despite the Crimson outshooting the Bulldogs, 38-12, but Harvard pulled away with a 3-1 victory at Bright Hockey Center Feb. 26. The Crimson needed a third-period goal from Kaitlin Spurling to close out Yale, which benefited from 35 saves from goaltender Jaimie Leonoff. The Crimson's Laura Bellamy countered with 11 saves in net. Mary Parker scored Harvard's initial goal and also tallied an empty-net score for the first mult-goal game of her career.
Scouting the Big Green (Team Page)
Dartmouth (16-8-5, 11-7-4 ECAC) has gone 4-1-1 since tying Harvard, 2-2, on Fox College Sports Feb. 1. The only games that the Big Green has not won down the final stretch of the season were a 0-0 tie with No. 1 seed Cornell and a 3-1 loss against No. 2 seed Clarkson. In its last outing, Dartmouth hammered St. Lawrence, 7-2, thanks to two goals apiece from senior Sasha Nanji and sophomore Karlee Odland. The Big Green's leading scorer, senior Reagan Fischer, also added one goal. Fischer has scored 15 times, one more than classmate Camille Dumais, and is tied with Dumais with 28 points.
In net, junior Lindsay Holdcroft owns a 15-7-5 record entering the weekend. She has a 91.6 save percentage and is allowing 2.01 goals per game.
Dartmouth holds a slight 41-37-3 advantage over Harvard in the all-time series between the two teams. In playoff meetings, the Big Green has won five games, compared to Harvard's four. Darmouth took the last playoff matchup, a 4-1 decision in the 2011 ECAC semifinals.
This Season vs. Dartmouth
Harvard is 1-0-1 against Dartmouth this season. The Crimson used three first-period goals to pull out in front of Dartmouth at Bright Hockey Center Nov. 30, en route to a 6-0 win (highlights), and tied the Big Green, 2-2 (highlights), on Fox College Sports Atlantic Feb. 1. Jillian Dempsey has five points on two goals and three assists versus Dartmouth this season, while Lyndsey Fry has two goals and two assists.
The Playoffs vs. Dartmouth
Harvard and Dartmouth have met nine times in playoff scenarios with the Big Green holding a 5-4 advantage. The last time the two teams met after the regular season was the 2011 ECAC semifinals when Dartmouth took a 4-1 decision.
White the Bright Rescheduled for Saturday
Harvard's first ever "White the Bright" game, which was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 8 versus Yale, was postponed due to Winter Storm Nemo. The promotion has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
The Ivy Title (Conference Page)
The Crimson claimed a share of its first Ivy League title since 2009, and 11th overall, with a 3-1 win over Yale Feb. 26. Harvard celebrated the championship, which is shared with Cornell, on the ice after the game, as the seniors lifted the trophy for the first time since arriving in Cambridge. This year marked just the second shared crown since play began in 1975-76. "It's a great thing for us," said Katey Stone. Women's Ice Hockey, on the Ivy championship. "It's nice to be able to have that for the seniors and everybody else involved with the program."
A Total Of 20
Harvard has hit the 20-win mark for the second straight year. The Crimson has won 20 games in eight of the last 11 seasons and owns 11, 20-win seasons overall. All of the program's 20-win years have come under Katey Stone.
Harvard has clinched its 15th consecutive season with a record of .500 or better and could surpass its win total from last year this weekend. Last year, Harvard completed its 14th consecutive winning season with a 22-9-1 campaign. The Crimson earned the ECAC's No. 2 seed and advanced to the tournament's semifinals before falling to St. Lawrence, 2-1 in overtime.
One of the Greats
Katey Stone is one win away from 400 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 – 561
2. Jerry York, BC – 465
3. Jack Parker, BU – 460
4. Richard Umile, UNH – 454
5. George Gwozdehy, Denver – 439
6. Katey Stone, Harvard – 399
The winner of the Harvard/Dartmouth series will advance the ECAC semifinals. The highest remaining seed in the tournament will host the last four ECAC teams standing.