Harvard is 1-0 after topping Dartmouth in the opener (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After kicking off the 2016-17 slate with a victory, Harvard women's hockey travels to North Country for matchups with No. 8/8 Clarkson on Friday, Oct. 28 and No. 7/6 St. Lawrence on Saturday, Oct. 29. Both puck drops are set for 3 p.m.
The First Line
• Harvard sported a high-octane offense to open the season, netting five goals. Sydney Daniels tallied her second-career hat trick, while Val Turgeon and Lexie Laing also scored.
• Senior Brianna Laing improved to 19-1-1 all-time, making 28 saves in a 5-1 victory over Dartmouth. The netminder was hailed the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the performance.
• Harvard returns 64.1 percent of its scoring from a year ago, led by 21 from Daniels and 10 from Grace Zarzecki. Lexie Laing tallied the most assists among returning skaters with 12 a year ago.
• The Crimson tallied the seventh-best scoring defense in the country a year ago, allowing only 1.84 goals per game. The total marked the fifth-straight year Harvard held opponents under two scores per outing.
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.
Harvard was 13-0-1 in 2015-16 when scoring at least three goals, and is 36-1-1 since the start of the 2014-15 seson when potting a trio of scores. The team opened the campaign with five goals at Dartmouth Oct. 23., and is 1-0-0 in 2016-17.
Harvard was 12-2-2 in 2015-16 when a freshman tallies a point, and the trend continued to start 2016-17 with a two-point outing from Val Turgeon.
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 51-7-6 record at home over the past four seasons. Harvard is 25-3-3 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.
Last Time Out
Showing a high-octane offense, Harvard women's hockey opened its regular season with a 5-1 victory against Dartmouth on Sunday at Thompson Arena. The Crimson scored twice in the second period and three times in the final frame to secure the win.
Senior Sydney Daniels led the charge offensively, netting her second-career hat trick and Harvard's (1-0-0, 1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) first hat trick since Feb. 7, 2015. Freshman Val Turgeon and junior Lexie Laing also scored for the Crimson, while six different skaters found their way in the point column with an assist. Senior Brianna Laing picked up the win in goal, stopping 28 of Dartmouth's (0-2-0, 0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) 29 shots.
Proving tough to beat in the opening contest of the season, senior goaltender Brianna Laing has been named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 17-23.
Laing stopped 28 of 29 Dartmouth shots in a 5-1 victory for the Crimson on Sunday afternoon at Thompson Arena. The 28 saves were Laing's most since Oct. 31, 2015 against St. Lawrence, and the Marblehead, Massachusetts native improved her career record to 19-1-1 with the victory. Laing currently ranks second in the country with a .966 save percentage.
Clarkson is 4-3-1 on the season, and will play its opening contest of the ECAC Hockey season against the Crimson. Cayley Mercer, Corie Jacobson and Savannah Harmon lead the team with six points apiece, while seven skaters have at least four. Shea Tiley boasts a 2.17 goals-against average and .919 save percentage over eight starts.
Scouting St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence is 5-0-1 on the season, rising to No. 7/6 in the national polls. Kennedy Marchment leads the country with 11 assists, and paces the Saints with 13 points, while Brooke Webster has potted a team-high six goals. Grace Harrison has seen every minute between the pipes, sporting a 1.81 goals-against average with a .920 save percentage.
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 was slotted fifth in the preseason ECAC Hockey coaches' poll with 76 points. The top-five were in the same order as the standings from a year ago, with the Crimson trailing Quinnipiac, Clarkson, Princeton and Colgate in the rankings.
ECAC Hockey Preseason Poll
1. Quinnipiac (6), 114
2. Clarkson (4), 109
3. Princeton (2), 102
4. Colgate, 96
5. Harvard, 74
6. Cornell, 72
7. St. Lawrence, 68
8. Rensselaer, 48
9. Yale, 45
10. Dartmouth, 31
11. Brown, 19
12. Union, 14
With its first round pick in the 2016 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Inferno selected Emerance Maschmeyer '16. Canada's starting goaltender at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, Maschmeyer was widely regarded as one of the most-talented players in the draft.
New York, New York
The New York Riveters acquired a trio of Crimson skaters - both current and former - over the summer. A pair of offseason trades netted the team the draft rights to Miye D'Oench '16 and Michelle Picard '16, and the team separately used its second round selection on senior forward Sydney Daniels.
Harvard is idle for a week before hosting Princeton and Quinnipiac Nov. 11-12 at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on ESPN3 and ONE World Sports, respectively. Both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.