Harvard vs. Princeton
Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
Harvard is 13-6-3 in home openers under Katey Stone (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its home slate at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Harvard women's hockey will welcome a pair of nationally-ranked opponents Nov. 11-12 in No. 10/RV Princeton and No. 8/8 Quinnipiac. The games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and ONE World Sports, respectively, and the Ivy League Digital Network.
The First Line
• Harvard sported a high-octane offense to open the season, netting five goals at Dartmouth. Sydney Daniels tallied her second-career hat trick, while Val Turgeon and Lexie Laing also scored.
• Senior Brianna Laing is 19-2-1 all-time, making 54 saves in a pair of starts this season. The netminder was hailed the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her performance Oct. 23.
• Harvard is 21-14-3 all-time in home openers, and 13-6-3 under Katey Stone. Dominant over the past decade, the Crimson is 6-1-3 in its last 10 home openers.
• 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.
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.
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.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's hockey team dropped a 4-0 decision to St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena Oct. 29. Senior goaltender Brianna Laing recorded 26 saves in net for the Crimson.
Offensively, Harvard was led by senior Sydney Daniels and junior Lexie Laing with four shots apiece. The Crimson also won 26-of-44 face-off opportunities. Harvard trailed early as the hosting Saints got on the scoreboard just 25 seconds into play. The Crimson regrouped and held off the St. Lawrence attack for most of the first period, largely in part to 13 saves from Laing in the frame.
Oct. 29, 2016
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 season when potting a trio of scores. The team opened the campaign with five goals at Dartmouth Oct. 23., and is 1-0-0 with three goals 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 in the opener.
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.
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.
Princeton is 3-2-1 on the season, earning two victories over Princeton and one over Brown. The Tigers' offense is led by Karlie Lund, who has four goals and seven points to start the season, and defenseman Kelsey Koelzer, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 finalist a year ago. In goal, Alysia DaSilva has tallied a 1.98 goals-against average and .930 save percentage through six starts.
Harvard is 45-32-4 all time against Princeton, and split the series a year ago. The Crimson have won nine of the last 11 meetings with Princeton.
Quinnipiac is 7-4-1 to start the season, with wins over Maine (2), Connecticut, New Hampshire, Mercyhurst, Yale and Brown. Taylar Cianfarano leads the Bobcats' offense with and ECAC-best nine goals and 14 points, while Melissa Samoskevich has chipped in a team-high six assists. Sydney Rossman has tallied a 1.42 goals-against average between the pipes.
Harvard is 18-4-2 all-time with Quinnipiac, but dropped both contests a year ago. Three of the last five meetings between the two schools have gone to overtime (2-1-0).
Meet the Crimson
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 takes a trip on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to New Hampshire for a 7 p.m. puck drop at the Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live on YouTube.