|Harvard vs. Holy Cross
Nov. 17, 2017
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Ivy League Network
Adam Giardino, Eric Gallanty
Harvard | Holy Cross
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team is set to play against its first non-conference opponent in the 2017-18 season this weekend. The Crimson will take on Holy Cross for the first two times in program history with a home-and-home series this Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders will make their way to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center for a 6 p.m. puck drop on Friday and the Crimson will make the return trip on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start at the Hart Center. Friday's game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and Saturday's contest will be live on the Patriot League Network.
Friday will mark the first ever meeting between the Crimson and the Crusaders. Harvard is 24-10-1 when facing new opponents and has not faced entirely new competition since Oct. 2006 when the Crimson took on Rensselaer for the first time in program history. In that contest, the Crimson defeated the Engineers 11-0.
Brooke Jovanovich was named ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Week on Nov. 14. Her four goals in five games ranks eighth of all NCAA players, third in the ECAC and second among NCAA freshmen.
With an assist against Yale, Jovanovich is tied for the team lead with five points and is the first rookie to put up five points in the first five games since Mary Parker during the 2012-13 season.
Harvard is averaging double the shots of its opponent in the first period (62-31), while shooting even through the second (57-57) and third periods (43-43).
The Crimson's 16 goals are the most in the first five games since the 2014-15 season when Harvard also potted 16. Harvard has not scored more than 16 goals in the first five games since the 2012-13 season when the team tallied 19.
Rookie of the Week
On Nov. 14, freshman Brooke Jovanovich was tabbed ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Week for her performances against Brown and Yale. The left-winger notched a three-point weekend on two goals versus Brown and an assist against Yale.
The Oakville, Ontario native has netted two game-winning goals, tied for the most in the ECAC with seven other players who have all played at least 12 games already this season.
Following the game against Yale, Dani Krzyszczyk and Ali Peper will look to begin streaking with the series against Holy Cross. Krzyszczyk potted her third career goal against the Bulldogs and Peper added an assist on Turgeon's power-play tally.
Becca Gilmore recorded a two-game point streak with a goal at Quinnipiac and a pair of assists against Brown. She was the second player this season to collect points in consecutive games and the first counting only 2017-18 contests.
Hot Off the Bench
Last weekend, both Dani Krzyszczyk and Ali Peper returned to the Crimson lineup after missing the first three games due to injury. The duo made an immediate impact, adding a goal and an assist against Yale. Through the weekend, Krzyszczyk and Peper fired two shots each on net.
In addition to the seven freshmen skaters who have dressed for all five games, three other Harvard team members have earned perfect attendance during their Crimson career.
Sophomores Kat Hughes and Val Turgeon have both played in all 34 games during their freshmen and sophomore campaigns. Hughes has put up 20 points on six goals and 14 assists while Turgeon has contributed 15 points on six goals and nine assists. Harvard is 2-3-1 when Hughes scores and 2-2-2 when Turgeon pots at least one goal.
Spreading the Wealth
In five games, 16 of 23 players (.696) on the Crimson roster have marked the scoresheet at least once. Eight have accrued more than one point and three are averaging one point per game played. The greatest influx of scorers came against Brown on Nov. 10, when nine different skaters combined for six goals and nine assists.
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The Crimson will continue its non-conference slate next week, bookending the Thanksgiving holiday with a pair of Hockey East matchups. On Wednesday, Harvard will welcome crosstown rival Boston College for a 7 p.m. game. Then on Saturday, the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire will travel to Cambridge for an afternoon contest set for 4 p.m. Wednesday's game will be broadcast on ESPN3 while Saturday's matchup will be featured on NESN.