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       Harvard vs. Boston University
Nov. 22, 2016
 7 p.m.
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
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Harvard is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings with Boston University (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Cambridge for the first of three in a row at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Harvard women's hockey hosts Boston University on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 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 19-3-1 all-time, making 87 saves in a trio of starts this season. The netminder was hailed the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her performance Oct. 23.

• Senior Molly Tissenbaum has also been nearly unbeatable in goal, as evidenced by her 50 saves against Princeton and 42 vs. New Hampshire. Her career-high total was the fourth-best single game performance in program history.

• Harvard is 5-0-1 in the last six matchups with the Terriers, and have scored 14 goals in the last two meetings.

Celebrating 99
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.

Easy Breezy
Senior co-captain Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists at New Hampshire. The blue-liner leads the Crimson with three assists on the season, and has tallied 23 in her career. Mastel ranks in the top-30 nationally among defensemen in points, and has also contributed five career goals.

Stopping 50
Senior netminder Molly Tissenbaum made a career-best 50 saves against Princeton Nov. 11, including back-to-back periods with at least 20 stops. Tissenbaum and the Crimson defense went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, with Tissenbaum making 18 saves during the man-down span.

1. 67 - Brittany Martin (3/10/07 vs. WIS)
2. 57 - Cheryl Tate (2/12/82 vs. NE)
3. 51 - Emerance Maschmeyer (12/7/13 vs. BC)
4. 50 - Molly Tissenbaum (11/11/16 vs. PRI)

Three Cheers
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 when scoring three goals in 2016-17. 

Home-Ice Advantage
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 51-9-6 record at home over the past four-plus seasons. Harvard is 25-5-3 at home since the start of 2014-15 and won 17 straight in Cambridge from March 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2015.

National Recognition
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
Facing a non-conference opponent for the first time in 2016-17, Harvard women's hockey fell in overtime at New Hampshire, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Whittemore Center.

Junior Lexie Laing and freshman Kat Hughes scored for the Crimson (1-6-0), which tallied 42 shots in the contest. Senior Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists, while classmate Abbey Frazer and junior Haley Mullins also registered helpers in the game. Senior Molly Tissenbaum made 42 saves in goal, which marked her second-consecutive outing with at least 40 stops.

Honor Roll
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.

Scouting Boston University
Boston University holds a 7-5-1 record on the season, including a 6-5-0 mark in Hockey East play. Former Harvard skater Mary Parker leads the Terriers with 11 goals, and she shares the team lead in points (19) with Victoria Bach. Victoria Hanson and Erin O'Neill have split time in goal, combining for a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

Harvard is 26-9-1 all-time against Boston University, and is unbeaten in the past six meetings (5-0-1). Harvard has captured the last two games, each time potting at least five goals.

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. 

Among the Nation's Best
Senior Sydney Daniels is one of the nation's most-dangerous goal scorers, and she has opened the season with four goals in the five outings this season. Daniels has 15 multi-point outings in her career with two hat tricks.

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 and Michelle Picard, and the team separately used its second round selection on senior forward Sydney Daniels.

D'Oench is currently tied for second in the NWHL with four goals on the season, holding the top mark for the Riveters. Picard has three assists through six games.

Westward Bound
With its first round pick in the 2016 Canadian Women's Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Inferno selected Emerance Maschmeyer. Canada's starting goaltender at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, Maschmeyer was widely regarded as one of the most-talented players in the draft.

Maschmeter holds a 2-1 record through three starts, notching a 2.26 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Captain Crimson
Seniors Briana Mastel and Sydney Daniels were selected to lead the 2016-17 women's hockey team as captains. Both are in their first year in the role. 

What's Next?
Harvard hosts Minnesota Duluth for a pair of contests at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center Nov. 25-26. The former will be broadcast on ONE World Sports, while the latter can be viewed on Facebook Live. Both games will be shown on the Ivy League Digital Network.