Women's Hockey Continues Homestand With Midweek Showdown Against Dartmouth

Women's Hockey Continues Homestand With Midweek Showdown Against Dartmouth

Harvard looks to push its 2011-12 home record to a perfect 3-0-0 against the Big Green Wednesday (Gil Talbot).

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Video Highlights: Harvard vs. St. Lawrence, Nov. 19, 2011

The Particulars

Harvard reaches the midpoint of its longest homestand of the 2011-12 season, as it welcomes Ivy League rival Dartmouth for a midweek matchup. The Crimson is perfect in two home games so far this season.    

Series History
The Harvard-Dartmouth series is the most contested in program history, and also one of the few that Harvard trails in, with a 35-40-2 mark in  77 career matchups. Harvard helped its cause last season, taking two of three against the Big Green, sweeping the regular-season series.

In just its third home game of the 2010-11 season, Harvard upset ninth-ranked Dartmouth, 5-3, thanks to a balanced scoring attack. Five different Harvard players notched goals as Marissa Gedman (Framingham, Mass.) started the scoring and Liza Ryabkina '11, Elizabeth Parker (Milton, Mass.), Kate Buesser '11 and Katharine Chute '11 followed with tallies. Buesser's goal was a shorthanded effort, and Laura Bellamy (Duluth, Minn.) picked up 20 saves in the win.  

In the backhalf of the home-and-home, Harvard came back twice from two seperate one-goal deficits to grab a 3-2 win in Hanover, N.H. Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) scored Harvard's first goal of the night, its second shorthanded effort in as many games, to pull even with the Big Green at 1-1. Alisa Baumgartner (West Vancouver, B.C.) squared the score at 2-2 early in the third period and Dempsey picked up her second of the night to seal the 3-2 win for the Crimson.  

The two teams met for a third time in the ECAC semifinal at Bright, and the Big Green exacted revenge for the regular season results. Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.) knotted the score at 1-1 with a goal in the first period, but Dartmouth went onto put in three unanswered scores to claim a 4-1 win and advance to the ECAC Championship game.

Last Weekend
Harvard wrapped up a pair of season-series sweeps in its first two home games of the 2011-12 season, taking down Clarkson, 2-1, Friday night in a comeback win, and besting St. Lawrence, 6-1, Saturday.  

The Golden Knights struck first in Friday's game, taking advantage of a Harvard penalty for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead in the second period. Harvard responded with a power-play tally of its own in the backhalf of the frame as Jillian Dempsey put home feeds from Marissa Gedman and Gina McDonald (New Brighton, Minn.). Just 47 seconds later, the Crimson took the lead for good as rookie Hillary Crowe (Eden Prairie, Minn.) muscled home the puck from close range, and Laura Bellamy secured the 2-1 win with stellar play in goal through the final period.

The power-play was in full force in Saturday's matchup against St. Lawrence, as the Crimson netted three power-play scores in five chances in a 6-1 pounding of the Saints. Harvard started the game three-for-three with an extra skater and jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods. Jillian Dempsey added an empty-net goal as the sixth different Harvard scorer of the afternoon, helping the Crimson wrap up the 6-1 win and the season series sweep. Harvard finished the game eight-for-eight on the penalty kill.     

National Noise
A number of Harvard players have posted stats that rank highly on the national scene. Jillian Dempsey is tied for 16th with three power-play goals, but leads the nation with a 0.75 power-play goals per game average. Marissa Gedman is tied for 10th with two game-winning tallies and ranks fifth in scoring among defensemen with 1.17 points per game.

Laura Bellamy's strong play has her ranked among the nations best goalies. The junior is sixth in goals-against average at 1.50 and seventh in save percentage with a .943 mark.

As a team, Harvard boasts the eighth-ranked scoring offense, averaging 3.67 goals per game, while the fourth-ranked defense is allowing just 1.50 goals per contest. The Crimson also has the fourth-ranked power-play unit in the country, scoring on 31% of its chances, and is ranked second in combined special teams.  

Spreading The Wealth
Through six games this season, 14 of the 15 Harvard skaters that have seen action have scored points. Ten different players have scored goals this season, while assists have been recorded by 12 players. Hilary Hayssen (Orono, Minn.) and Kelsey Romatoski (Woodbury, Minn.) collected their first points of the season off assists in the 6-1 win over St. Lawrence.    

Killing It
The Harvard penalty kill was dialed in against St. Lawrence Nov. 19, going a perfect 8-for-8 when the Saints had an extra skater. The last time Harvard was perfect on the penalty kill in a game where it had at least eight penalties was Feb. 9, 2008 in a 5-0 win over Rensselaer. Harvard defeated the Engineers, 5-0, and killed all eight penalties on the evening.  

Thanks For Helping
Against No. 2/2 Cornell, sophomore Kalley Armstrong (Maple, Ont.) assisted on all three of Harvard's goals. It was the first multi-assist game of her career, and the three points were also a career best. Armstrong leads the Crimson with five assists on the season.   

Welcome Additions
All four freshmen position players have made an impact already this season. Through just six games, all four rookies have logged at least one point. Hillary Crowe is pacing the class of 2015 with four points (2g, 2a) while Samantha Reber (Edina, Minn.) (1g, 2a) is next on the list with three points. Sarah Edney (Mississauga, Ont.) has a pair of goals on the season while Michelle Picard (Taunton, Mass.) picked up an assist against Clarkson Oct. 29.   
Consistent Contributor
Jillian Dempsey has made her presence known on the ice this season. The junior has registered at least one point in all four games she has played. She notched a pair of goals in the season opener against St. Lawrence and posted a goal and an assist in the rematch against the Saints.

Crimson, White and Blue
Three current members and two formers members of the Crimson were on the U.S. roster for the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden. Josephine Pucci played in her fourth tournament with the team, having earned a spot on the roster prior to the 2010 Four Nations Tournament. Jillian Dempsey made her second appearance with the team after debuting at the 12 Nations Tournament this summer, and Michelle Picard made her debut  with the U.S. National team. Veterans Julie Chu  and Caitlin Cahow were also on the roster for the 2011 Four Nations Cup.     

Harvard Coach Katey Stone
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Hockey, is in her 18th season as Harvard's head coach, and she holds a 361-156-31 career  record, the most all-time victories in Division I women's hockey. Stone has led Harvard to all eight of its NCAA tournament appearances and is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
First Things First
Over the past three seasons, Harvard is a combined 33-3-2 when scoring first and 9-16-7 when conceding the first goal. Harvard picked up wins against St. Lawrence and Clarkson last weekend, scoring first against the Saints and conceding the first goal against the Golden Knights. The Crimson was 13-1-0 last season when netting the first goal of the game.