Laing and the Crimson welcome in Connecticut on Tuesday. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Beneficiaries of a six-game win streak, the No. 6/6 Harvard women's hockey team looks to make it seven in a row as the Crimson (8-2-2, 7-1-1 ECAC) takes a step out of conference play and back into the Bright-Landry Hockey Center to welcome in UConn (4-10-6, 0-5-3 WHEA) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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Two for the Show
- 2: Josephine Pucci made her return to the ice on Friday versus Brown. Having last played for Team USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and returning for her first game in a Harvard sweater exactly two years and 10 months to the day, Pucci was a +2 on the ice in the win over the Bears.
- Two: In Harvard's last two games, the Crimson has scored two goals in four of its six periods played.
- 22: Freshman Lexie Laing has continued her contributing clip, along with her fellow rookies on the ice, accounting for seven points (3-4—7), good for 23rd among all rookies this season. Two of Laing's goals – both power play scores – have come when sister Brianna Laing has earned the start in the net.
- Twice: In the opening weekend, Miye D'Oench scored two goals versus both RPI and Union, and was the only Crimson to have two goals in one game until Sydney Daniels registered a pair of goals in the 6-0 win at Brown on Friday.
- Second: At 7-1-1 (15 points) in ECAC play (8-2-2 overall), Harvard is second in the conference behind Quinnipiac (8-1-2; 18 points) in the race for home ice at season's end.
Sydney Kidding Me
Sophomore Sydney Daniels continues to light things up for Harvard as four of the Crimson's eight wins have come off her stick. Accounting for nine points on the year (8-1—9), Daniels is second on the team in goals, one behind D'Oench and has fired off a team-best 43 shots. Also one of the more physical presences on the ice for Harvard, Daniels is second on the squad with 16 penalty minutes.
Mash on the Mark
After a rocky start to the year, including time missed to be with Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup, junior netminder Emerance Maschmeyer has returned to form of late. In her last four starts – all wins – the Bruderheim, Alberta, native has allowed just three goals, including just one to offensive powerhouse and then-No. 4 Quinnipiac. That performance earned her ECAC Goaltender of the Week honors, before eight saves in 40 minutes at Brown and an excellent 23-save performance in the 3-1 win at Yale on Saturday.
The Crimson is unbeaten when scoring first this season (4-0-2), but has shown it can come back after falling behind early by securing four wins after opponents found the back of the net first. Harvard also relies on outshooting its foes, going 8-1-1 when taking more shots.
Harvard's 2-1 win over Quinnipiac last time out was the fourth top-10 showdown of the season for the Crimson, and the second versus a top-5 opponent. Harvard is 1-1-2 versus ranked foes this season after the win, falling to No. 1 Boston College and drawing then-No. 7 Clarkson and then-No. 7 Boston University, all in November. The last time Harvard defeated a top-5 team was last season when the Crimson went into Lynah Rink and toppled No. 3 Cornell, 3-1.
Line 'Em Up
Over the past eight games, Miye D'Oench, Samantha Reber and Hillary Crowe each played on the same line. Last year, the triad accounted for 96 points on 45 goals and 51 assists combined. In 12 games of 2014-15, the three skaters have already tallied 35 points (14-21—35) of Harvard's 100 total points as the top-3 scorers on the ice for the Crimson.
The Daily Special
The Harvard special teams have varied this season, allowing eight power play goals while scoring six. But versus Dartmouth and Princeton, the Crimson was perfect in each outing. The Harvard penalty kill has been nothing short of stellar, halting 19-of-19 opponents' power plays over the last five contests.
On the season, Harvard is 25-percent with the skater advantage – good enough for fourth in the nation behind Minnesota, Dartmouth and Sacred Heart – and an improving 82.6-percent on the kill. Combined, Harvard sits as the best special teams unit in the nation at No. 1 overall with a 62.9-percent.
Connecticut (4-10-6, 0-5-3 WHEA) enters the midweek showdown having gone 1-1-1 over its last three contests, including a 3-1 victory over Yale in the Nutmeg Classic. Most recently, the Huskies drew with Northeastern, 3-3, to open up the 2015 portion of the year. UConn has had some close calls versus familiar Harvard opponents including Clarkson (L, 2-1), BU (L, 4-2; L, 3-2) and RPI (T, 2-2).
In net, both Elaine Chuli and Anne Belanger have split time, with Chuli bringing home the majority of minutes. In 12 starts, she has allowed 34 goals (2.75 GAA), while racking up 409 saves (.923) to earn a 3-5-4 record. Belanger has seven starts and a 1-5-4 record, boasting a 3.19 GAA with a .904 save percentage.
Harvard hits the road once again as the Crimson trek to the Capital District to take on Union and Rensselaer.