The Crimson is looking to get back to its winning ways with a trip to Dartmouth on the docket. (Gil Talbot)
The Opening Faceoff
The No. 4/5 Harvard women's hockey team is set to step back into ECAC and Ivy League play for a single game against travel partner Dartmouth on Friday. The Crimson (17-3-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) looks to get back to its winning ways with the trek north to Hanover, N.H., to square off with the Big Green (7-15-1, 6-10-1 ECAC) for conference points.
The First Line
• Harvard is coming off a grueling 4-3 loss to Northeastern in the 36th annual Beanpot semifinals on Tuesday. The Crimson scored twice in the third period, but it ultimately wasn't enough to overcome the Huskies' four goals in the first two periods. Sophomore Mary Parker lit the lamp twice for Harvard in the loss, her second multi-score game of this season. With the loss, and a 4-1 loss to Boston College by Boston University, the Crimson and Terriers will face off on Tuesday in the consolation game at 5 p.m.
• Even though it suffered a setback in its most recent outing, the Crimson's standing in the ECAC didn't take a hit. Harvard still owns the top spot in the conference with 28 points, two ahead of No. 3/3 Clarkson (26) and three ahead of No. 6/5 Cornell (25). The Crimson is 2-0-1 against the two nipping at its heels, with a showdown with the Golden Knights looming on Feb. 14 in the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
• With Miye D'Oench leading the way with her 21 points (12-9-21), five Crimson have at least 17 points this season, a testament to the ability to spread the puck around. D'Oench, Mary Parker (11-8-19) and Hillary Crowe (10-8-18) are the prime suspects to find the back of the net, while Samantha Reber (5-14-19) and Sarah Edney (5-12-17) have consistently been there to set up scoring opportunities.
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The Ivy Race
Inside its 13-2-2 ECAC record, the Crimson owns a 5-1-1 mark against its Ivy League rivals this season. Harvard sits just behind Cornell (7-1-1) for the Ivy crown, though the Crimson has three games remaining: at Dartmouth this weekend, followed by a regular-season-ending road trip to Yale and Brown in two weeks. The Big Red, which lost to Harvard recently, ends its regular season hosting Princeton to make the race for the Ivy title come down to the wire.
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. Fans are encouraged to keep tabs on the Harvard ties by visiting Harvard In Sochi on GoCrimson.com.
E-Special-ly Good Teams
Along with the Crimson's No. 1 penalty kill in the country (97-of-101 chances, 96-percent), its 18th-ranked power play (12-of-79) gives Harvard the best combined special teams in the nation at 60.7-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.
A Look at the Big Green
Dartmouth enters the weekend 7-15-1 and 6-10-1 in ECAC play. Before the Big Green faltered at Quinnipiac, 3-1, and at Princeton, 3-2, this past weekend, Dartmouth was riding a three-game win streak with wins at Colgate and against Rensselaer and Union in Thompson Arena the week prior.
Lindsey Allen shoulders the heavy lifting for the Big Green's attack, notching 20 points on 13 goals and seven assists in 23 games this season. She's collected five power play goals and four game-winners for Dartmouth as a sophomore. Junior Karlee Odland (4-9-13) and sophomore Laura Stacey (4-8-12) represent the other scoring threats for Dartmouth, combining for 25 points.
Between the pipes stands a platoon of netminders led by senior Lindsay Holdcroft. Holdcroft has accounted for 467 saves (.903), while allowing 50 goals (2.76 GAA) to earn a 7-10-1 record in 18 starts. Behind her newcomer Robyn Chemago has started four times, earning an 0-4-0 record with 114 saves and a 3.04 goals against average.
The Series with Dartmouth
The Crimson easily handled the Big Green in the two sides' first matchup of the season, as Harvard set a season-high mark with its five goals in the 5-0 win in Bright-Landry. Six Crimson either tied or set career-highs, while Sydney Daniels, Dylanne Crugnale, Miye D'Oench, Marissa Gedman and Mary Parker all tallied at least a goal and an assist in the win on Dec. 1.
This will mark the 85th meeting between Harvard and Dartmouth on the ice, with the Big Green holding a slim 41-40-3 advantage. The Crimson, however, is 12-3-1 in the last 16 contests, including 5-0-1 over the last six.