This is the last non-conference showdown for the Crimson before it takes on BU in the first round of the Beanpot in February. (Elan Kawesch)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sitting on a nine-game win streak, the program's longest since the 2007-08 season, the No. 5/5 Harvard women's hockey team will step out of ECAC play on Wednesday as the Crimson (11-2-2, 9-1-1 ECAC) travels to New Hampshire (4-15-1, 2-7-0 WHEA) for a 7 p.m. tilt. A win versus the Wildcats will give Harvard three against Hockey East opponents and will mark the sixth time the Crimson has won at least 10 games in a row.
Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.
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The Harvard women's hockey team will host its annual "White the Bright" game Jan. 24 when Ivy League and ECAC rival Cornell visits the Bright-Landry Hockey Center with the goal of breaking the program's attendance record for the showdown. The Crimson's record since women's hockey became an NCAA sport is 1,921 fans, set Jan. 11, 2004 in a matchup with Dartmouth.
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Laing Lights the Lamp
Freshman Lexie Laing has lit things up recently on the ice, and it has turned into recognition outside the rink. After registering an impressive nine points last week (6-3—9), Laing was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Week and Harvard COOP's Athlete of the Week.
Her season numbers are just as impressive as well. With 16 points in 15 games (1.07 ppg), the Marblehead, Mass. native is the sixth-highest scorer among first-year players and clocks in at 32nd in the nation in scoring overall and 21st in goals per game. Her three game-winners is second on the team behind Sydney Daniels (4) and is the fourth-highest total in the country as well.
Youth of the Nation
Harvard has received invaluable production from its freshmen this season. Thanks to Laing's three game winners, the Crimson rookies own five of Harvard's winning goals when adding in tallies from Karly Heffernan and Haley Mullins. The trio of Laing, Heffernan and Mullins – all on separate lines – also has combined for 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists through 15 games. They have combined for a +26 on ice rating as well.
Harvard is a perfect 9-0-0 over its last nine contests. This marks the ninth nine-game winning streak in program history, the eighth under Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. Over the win streak, the Crimson has outscored its opponents handily, 41-10 – an impressive average of around 4.5-1.
Goodness Streaks Alive
Aside from being unbeaten and untied in nine straight games, a few Crimson skaters have personal streaks of their own attached:
|Mary Parker||5||10||14 points in last 9 games|
|Lexie Laing||4||10||7 goals and 3 assists|
|Abbey Frazer||3||4||Scored first 2 goals of her career|
|Karly Heffernan||3||3||1 goal (GWG) and 2 assists|
|Josephine Pucci||3||3||3 assists in first 5 games back|
Early and Often
The Crimson is unbeaten when scoring first this season (7-0-2), 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, as all 11 wins have come when taking more shots (11-1-1).
What's more, Harvard is +15 in scoring during the first period, manhandling opponents 25-10 in the opening frame. The Crimson has taken 167 shots – its most for any one period – and has limited opponents to just 94 – its lowest allwed.
Line 'Em Up
Over the past nine 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 15 games of 2014-15, the three skaters have already tallied 43 points (17-26—43) as the top line on the ice for the Crimson.
The Daily Special
The Harvard special teams have varied this season, allowing nine power play goals while scoring eight. But versus Dartmouth and Princeton, the Crimson was perfect in each outing. The Harvard penalty kill has been nothing short of stellar, halting 26-of-27 opponents' power plays over the last six contests.
On the season, Harvard is 26.7-percent with the skater advantage – good enough for fourth in the nation behind Minnesota, Dartmouth and Holy Cross – and an improving 83.3-percent on the kill. Combined, Harvard sits as the best special teams unit in the nation at No. 1 overall with a 63.1-percent.
Scouting New Hampshire
At 4-15-1 (2-7-0 WHEA), UNH skates into the Wednesday showdown with an 0-2-0 record in January. After closing out 2014 with a dominating 5-0 win at Providence, the Wildcats fell to the Friars twice last weekend, 4-1 and 3-1. New Hampshire and Harvard have six mutual opponents this season and the Wildcats have gone 1-8 (three losses to No. 1 Boston College included).
New Hampshire averages 1.40 goals per outing and, much to the delight of the Crimson, has been outscored 21-7 in the first period alone. Sophomore Jonna Curtis leads the 'Cats in both points and goals (8-4—12) and has two game winners this year. Behind her sit senior Kayla Mork (2-7—9) and freshman Amy Boucher (4-1—5), while three other UNH skaters have at least two goals as well.
In net, UNH sports a decent goalie tandem in Vilma Vaattovaara and Ashley Wilkes. In 16 games, Vaattovaara has allowed 50 goals (3.22 GAA) and has made 442 stops (.898) to pick up a 3-12-1 record for the 'Cats. Wilkes, a sophomore, has four starts and is 1-3-0, allowing 15 scores and making 121 saves.
Harvard stays on the road this weekend for one game in the Granite State, taking on Ivy League foe and ECAC travel partner Dartmouth at 2 p.m. Saturday.