The Crimson split the regular season series with both teams a year ago (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the ice for the first time in 2017, Harvard women's hockey travels to No. 8/8 Quinnipiac and Princeton for a pair of puck drops Jan. 6-7. The former will be broadcast on QuinnipiacBobcats.com, while the latter can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The First Line
• Sydney Daniels leads the Harvard offense with five goals and six points, including a hat trick earlier this season at Dartmouth. Daniels ranks 18th in program history with 53 career scores.
• Harvard has faced seven ranked opponents in 11 games this season, three of them going to overtime. The Crimson most recently tied No. 7/7 Colgate, 3-3, behind goals from Turgeon, Laing and Haley Mullins.
• Senior Molly Tissenbaum has been nearly unbeatable in goal, as evidenced by her 50 saves against Princeton and 42 vs. New Hampshire. Her career-high total was the fourth-best single game performance in program history.
• Freshman Beth Larcom earned her first-career start in goal against No. 7/7 Colgate, making 41 saves in a 3-3 tie. The netminder made 10 saves apiece in the third period and in overtime, and held the Raiders off the board on the power play.
Last Time Out
Harvard women's hockey tallied a trio of third period goals in a 3-3 tie with No. 7/7 Colgate in overtime. Freshman Val Turgeon, and juniors Haley Mullins and Lexie Laing found the back of the net for the Crimson, whille senior Sydney Daniels, sophomore Kaitlin Tse and freshman Kat Hughes were credited with assists. Daniels and Laing tallied a team-high six shots.
Making her debut in a Harvard (1-9-1, 1-5-1 ECAC Hockey) uniform, freshman Beth Larcom made 41 total saves, including 10 apiece in the third period and overtime. The 41 stops marked the most for a Harvard netminder in their career debut dating back to at least 1999.
Laing Down the Law
Senior goaltender Brianna Laing has tallied 123 saves over 242 minutes of action, including a career-high 36 against Boston University, this season, notching a .918 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average. Her sister, junior forward Lexie Laing is currently tied for the lead for the Crimson with six points on the season, netting one goal at Dartmouth, New Hampshire and Colgate while adding assists against Princeton, Boston University and Minnesota-Duluth.
Hats on the Ice
Making her 99th career appearance, senior Sydney Daniels netted her second-career hat trick against Dartmouth Oct. 23. The left winger opened the scoring in the second period before adding a wraparound and a snipe in the third. She previously tallied a hat trick Jan. 6, 2015 against Connecticut. Daniels has 15 multi-point games in her career.
Heading to OT
Five of the Crimson's last eight games have gone to overtime, marking the first stretch of five OT games in eight outings in program history.
Dropping a 'Baum
Senior goaltender Molly Tissenbaum has seen action in six games this season, notching a career-high 219 saves over 366 minutes of play. The Toronto native is currently ranked fourth in the ECAC with a .924 save percentage.
Senior co-captain Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists at New Hampshire. The blue-liner leads the Crimson with four assists on the season, and has tallied 24 in her career. Mastel ranks in the top-25 in the conference among defensemen in points, and has also contributed five career goals.
Senior netminder Molly Tissenbaum made a career-best 50 saves against Princeton Nov. 11, including back-to-back periods with at least 20 stops. Tissenbaum and the Crimson defense went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, with Tissenbaum making 18 saves during the man-down span.
1. 67 Brittany Martin (3/10/07 vs. WIS)
2. 57 Cheryl Tate (2/12/82 vs. NE)
3. 51 Emerance Maschmeyer (12/7/13 vs. BC)
4. 50 Molly Tissenbaum (11/11/16 vs. PRI)
Climbing the Record Books
Multiple Harvard student-athletes are poised to make big jumps in the Harvard record book:
1. Jennifer Botterill '03 - 340
36. Jamie Hagerman '03 - 80
37. Sydney Daniels - 76
Rookie of the Week
Proving difficult to beat in her first-career appearance for the Crimson, Beth Larcom was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4.
Larcom stopped 41 shots in her Harvard debut at No. 7/7 Colgate, earning a tie in a 3-3 decision in overtime. The 41 stops were the most for a Crimson netminder in her Harvard debut in program history. Hailing from Middletown, Rhode Island, Larcom made 10 saves in both the third period and overtime.
The Bright-Landry Hockey Center has been one of the toughest venues in the country for opposing teams over the past few years, as Harvard has posted a 51-12-6 record at home over the past four-plus seasons. Harvard is 25-8-3 at home since the start of 2014-15 and won 17 straight in Cambridge from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015.
Harvard was ranked for 79 consecutive weeks by the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, a span covering four seasons. The Crimson fell out of the Jan. 18/19 polls for the first time since Oct. 15, 2012.
Quinnipiac enters the new year with a 14-5-3 overall record and 7-3-1 mark against ECAC Hockey foes. Seven Bobcats have topped 10 points, led by Taylar Cianfarano (19) and Emma Woods (18). Sydney Rossman has made 20 starts in net, posting a 1.54 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.
Harvard is 18-5-2 all-time against Quinnipiac, but has dropped the last three meetings, each by a one-goal margin. Seven of the past eight meetings have been decided by one goal or less, with Harvard going 4-3-1 over the stretch.
Princeton holds a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-4-1 mark in ECAC Hockey play. Karlie Lund leads the Tigers with 14 goals and 28 points, while Kelsey Koelzer has pitched in 19 points. Alysia DaSilva has started 13 games between the pipes, and holds a 2.21 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Harvard is 45-33-4 all-time against the Tigers, but fell earlier this season in overtime, 2-1. Harvard split the season series with the Tigers a year ago.
Lacing up for an outdoor contest under the lights, Harvard will square off with Boston College at Fenway Park Jan. 10 as part of the 'Frozen Fenway' slate of games.
Harvard heads to historic Fenway Park to take on No. 6/6 Boston College as part of the Frozen Fenway slate of games. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here.