The Harvard women's hockey team looks for more ECAC points with visits to Princeton and No. 9/9 Quinnipiac this weekend. (Photo Courtesy of Elan Kawesch)
The Opening Faceoff
With the regular season beginning to wind down for the No. 3/5-ranked Harvard women's hockey team, the Crimson looks to close out a successful January with trips to Ivy League rival Princeton and No. 9/9 Quinnipiac this weekend. Harvard (16-2-2, 12-2-1 ECAC) looks to maintain its hold on the top spot in the conference standings and needs wins over the Tigers (10-8-3, 6-6-2 ECAC) on Friday and Bobcats (16-4-6, 7-3-4 ECAC) on Saturday to do so.
The First Line
- In the midst of another ECAC weekend sweep, its fourth of the season, the Crimson picked up its 600th program win. Entering Friday, Harvard had compiled 599 wins since its inaugural season in 1978-79. The Crimson now has 601 wins all-time, one of the highest totals in women's hockey.
- Harvard was riding high after wins at Colgate and then-No. 3 Cornell, and it showed with thorough weekend wins over Union and Rensselaer. On Friday against the Dutchwomen, freshman Brianna Laing earned her third shutout in four career starts, stopping all 15 shots. Hillary Crowe grabbed the first of three goals on the weekend to mark the game-winner.
- On Saturday against RPI, a game in which Harvard was attempting to avenge an early season loss in Troy, N.Y., the Crimson was helped once again on the attack by Crowe. The junior scored the first two goals of the game, while Miye D'Oench sent in an empty netter to cap off a 3-1 win over the Engineers. Emerance Maschmeyer tallied 30 saves to earn the win, the seventh time this season she's racked up 30 or more.
- Riding a four-game win streak for the second time this year, Harvard recently moved up to its highest position in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The Crimson currently occupies the No. 3 spot in the country, just behind unanimous No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin.
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- With its 2-0 win over Union on Friday, @HarvardWHockey earned its 600th program win.
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With its 2-0 win over Union on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, the Harvard women's ice hockey program topped the 600-win plateau. Now owning a 601-324-53 record (.642-win percentage), Harvard currently owns the most wins among the Boston-area schools, including Beanpot counterparts Northeastern (572), Boston College (281) and Boston University (175). With 601 wins through its 35th season, the Crimson has averaged more than 17 wins-per-year, compiling 16 so far this season with at least nine games remaining.
Out of Harvard's 57 goals this season, 31 have been tallied by either freshmen or sophomores, led by the Crimson's leading scorer Miye D'Oench (11-8-19). Sophomore Mary Parker (7-7-14) is third on the team in goals scored, while classmate Dylanne Crugnale (6-5-11) and freshman Sydney Daniels (6-2-8) are both fourth on the squad in finding the back of the net for Harvard. Between the pipes, second-year goaltender Maschmeyer and newcomer Brianna Laing bring more highlights to the young Crimson, each combining for 544 saves (.961 percent) to just 22 goals allowed (1.09 GAA). Eight of the 16 wins this season have come by way of a shutout, a testament to both netminders' abilities.
The youth certainly has some leaders to look up to, however, with experienced junior and senior classes. Hillary Crowe is second on the Crimson with 10 goals scored, while classmate Sami Reber (3-14-17) leads Harvard with helpers and is second in total points scored.
Crimson, White and Blue
Though Harvard is enjoying a successful season on the ice itself, the Crimson also is enjoying the successes of five members of the Harvard Hockey family, who will travel to Sochi in February. Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, is the head coach for the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team and will take with her four skaters with Harvard ties. Current members Lyndsey Fry, Michelle Picard and Josephine Pucci and prominent alumna Julie Chu '07 were chosen as members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team.
E-Special-ly Good Teams
Along with the Crimson's No. 1 penalty kill in the country (90-of-92 chances, 97.8-percent), its 18th-ranked power play (10-of-70) gives Harvard the best combined special teams in the nation at 61.7-percent. The next best is Ivy League rival, Cornell, with its 58.3-percent combined special teams, followed closely by No. 1 Minnesota's 57.4.
The D'Oench and Crowe Show
Both Miye D'Oench and Hillary Crowe have been on a roll for the Crimson this season in Cambridge. The pair, who has shared the same line in the last three contests, have been individually solid all year long.
D'Oench has racked up at least two points five times this season, most recently with her season-high three point effort at Colgate (1g, 2a). She leads the team in a bevy of categories, including total points (19), goals (11) and unassisted goals (3). Not just an offensive threat, D'Oench has sacrificed herself for 14 blocks this season in the defensive zone.
For her part, Crowe has come on in in recent weeks, totaling six points (5g, 1a) over her current four-game point streak. Four times this season has the junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., registered a multi-goal game for the Crimson, including three-point efforts against Princeton (Oct. 26) and New Hampshire (Dec. 6). Crowe leads the team with three game winners, all coming over the previous four games, and sits in second in goals (10), points (17), power play goals (3) and short-handed goals (1, tied).
A Look at the Tigers
With their 10-8-3 (6-6-2 ECAC) mark, the Tigers are sitting in sixth in the conference standings. Before a two-week break for exams, Princeton was riding a 0-2-1 streak heading into the middle of January, thanks to losses at then-No. 10 Quinnipiac, 3-1, and Union, 2-1. Before that, the Tigers were on a four-game roll, taking 4-1 wins over RPI and Union, while sweeping a pair from UConn, all at Hobey Baker Rink, where the Orange and Black is 7-3-2 this season.
After notching three points in the Tigers most recent victory, a 6-1 win over Penn State, senior Denna Laing leads the team with her 17 points on nine goals and eight assists. Close behind her in the point race sits fellow classmate Sally Butler with her 4-11-15 points. Senior Olivia Mucha is second among all goal scorers with seven (7-3-10), while Butler (11) and Gabie Figueroa (1-10-11) are one-two in handing out helpers.
Between the pipes for Princeton stands Kimberly Newell, who has started all but two games for the Tigers. Newell has racked up 531 saves (.902) but has allowed 52 goals (2.86 GAA) to earn an 8-8-3 record this season as a sophomore, including one shutout.
The Series with Princeton
The Crimson leads the overall series with Princeton, 42-30-4, after Harvard downed the Tigers, 4-0 on opening weekend this year. The Crimson netted a season-high three power play goals against the Tigers in the win, one each from Samantha Reber, Sarah Edney and Hillary Crowe, the latter of whom tallied a two-goal performance. In net, Maschmeyer set a then-career high with 44 saves to earn the whitewash, the first of her five this season. Not only did the Crimson finish 3-for-4 with the skater-advantage, but it killed off an impressive seven power plays by the Tigers in the contest.
Scouting the Bobcats
Consistently sitting among the top-10 in the country, Quinnipiac enters the weekend with a 16-4-6 record, going 7-3-4 in conference play. The Bobcats have a pair of five-game win streaks this season but are just 1-2-1 in their last five contests. Most recently, QU is coming off a 0-1-1 series with Robert Morris in Hamden.
Kelly Babstock leads the charge for the Bobcats, racking up 37 points, second-most in the conference, on 15 goals and a team-high 22 assists. The senior also has a pair of game-winners, an empty netter and a team-high five power play goals. Also a potent threat on the offensive attack for Quinnipiac, who averages 2.69 goals per game, is junior Shiann Darkangelo. Darkangelo has 25 points on a team-best 16 goals, adding nine assists.
Netminder Chelsea Laden has manned the goal for the Bobcats for much of the season, earning the call to start in 23 of 26 games. Laden, October's ECAC Goaltender of the Month, has allowed just 30 goals over 24 total games played (1.29 GAA) and has steered away 437 shots to pick up a 14-4-6 record as a junior.
The Series with Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac and Harvard will meet for the 17th time since 2005-06, when the Bobcats joined the ECAC. This year, the Crimson picked up a season-opening victory against QU, handing the Bobcats their first loss of the year with the 4-2 win in Bright-Landry. Hillary Crowe tallied the season's first goal with a power play effort to open up the scoring. Sophomore Dylanne Crugnale then offered up two goals of her own, sandwiched by a Sarah Edney goal with the skater advantage. In her first start of her sophomore season, Emerance Maschmeyer collected 19 saves against what was then a surefire top-10 offense in the nation.
This season, Harvard has one of the top point differentials in the nation, averaging nearly a 3-1 win over opponents this season, but the last few meetings on the docket have been different cases. On Dec. 7, the Crimson battled to a 1-1 stalemate against No. 6 BC, thanks to Emerance Maschmeyer's career-high 51 saves. To open up the 2014 portion of the season, Harvard dueled to the end with Northeastern, coming out victorious by a 3-2 margin, before the Crimson rallied back from 1-0 down late in the third at UConn to beat the Huskies, 2-1, on Jan. 7.
Since then, Harvard used a three-goal third period to overcome a 4-2 deficit and rally past Colgate, 5-4, before knocking off No. 3 Cornell, 3-1. The third goal, however, was an empty-netter scored by Mary Parker with just six seconds left in the contest. Overall, the Crimson is 5-1-2 in games decided by one goal or fewer this year.