The Crimson split the regular season series with both teams a year ago (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for its final two contests before the turn of the calendar, Harvard women's hockey travels to Cornell and No. 7/7 Colgate Dec. 2-3 for a pair of 3 p.m. puck drops. The former will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network, while the latter can be seen on the Patriot League 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.
• The Crimson has opened the season with six games against ranked opponents, and will face a seventh this weekend at Colgate. Three of those games were decided by one goal.
• Senior Molly Tissenbaum has 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.
Laing Down the Law
Senior goaltender Brianna Laing has tallied 123 saves over 242 minutes of action, including a career-high 36 against Boston University, this season, notching a .918 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average. Her sister, junior forward Lexie Laing currently is tied for the lead for the Crimson with five points on the season, netting one goal at Dartmouth and New Hampshire and adding assists against New Hampshire, Boston University and Minnesota-Duluth.
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.
Heading to OT
Four of the Crimson's last six games have gone to overtime, marking the first stretch of four OT games in six outings in program history.
Dropping a 'Baum
Senior goaltender Molly Tissenbaum has seen action in five games this season, notching a career-high 196 saves over 306 minutes of play. The Toronto native is currently ranked fifth in the ECAC with a .929 save percentage and is climbing up the Crimson ranks for career save percentage.
Senior co-captain Briana Mastel tied a career-high with two assists at New Hampshire. The blue-liner leads the Crimson with four assists on the season, and has tallied 24 in her career. Mastel ranks in the top-50 nationally among defensemen in points, and has also contributed five career goals.
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)
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 1-1-0 when scoring three goals in 2016-17.
Opening the Account
Freshman Ali Peper netted her first-career goal against Boston University Nov. 22. The score was also the first for a Harvard defenseman in 2016-17.
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 51-12-6 record at home over the past four-plus seasons. Harvard is 25-8-3 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
Heading to overtime for the fourth time in six games, Harvard women's hockey dropped a heartbreaker late to No. 4/3 Minnesota Duluth, 2-1 (OT).
Sophomore Audrey Warner netted her first goal of the season, while senior Briana Mastel and junior Lexie Laing posted their fourth and third assists of the season, respectively. Senior Molly Tissenbaum had a tremendous afternoon in goal, making 39 saves.
Proving tough to beat in the opening contest of the season, senior goaltender Brianna Laing was 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.
Cornell is out to a 6-4-1 start, including a 4-2-1 start in ECAC Hockey play. Kristin O'Neill leads the Big Red with seven goals and 11 points, while Hanna Bunton has distributed a team-high seven assists. Paula Voorheis and Marlene Boissonnault have split time in goal, with Voorheis leading the way with a 1.51 goals-against average and .954 save percentage.
Harvard is 56-27-4 all-time against its Ivy foe, with wins in four of the last five meetings.
Starting the season on a 13-game unbeaten streak, seventh-ranked Colgate is 14-2-1 on the season with a 5-2-0 mark in conference play. Jessie Eldridge leads the team with eight goals and 17 assists, while Bailey Larson has also potted eight goals. Julia Vandyk has started 15 games in goal, boasting a 1.52 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.
Harvard is 29-3-2 all time against Colgate, and won 15 straight games before falling in overtime in game three of the ECAC tournament first round a year ago.
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.
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.
Maschmeyer holds a 2-1 record through three starts, notching a 2.26 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Harvard takes a break until Jan. 6-7, when it will travel to Quinnipiac and Princeton. The latter will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.