|Harvard vs. No. 5/5 Cornell
Feb. 2, 2018
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
ESPN3, Ivy League Network
Ben Altsher, Kevin Gehl
Harvard leads, 56-29-5
L, 4-3 (Jan. 13, 2018)
Harvard | Cornell
|Harvard vs. No. 4/4 Colgate
Feb. 3, 2018
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
NESN, Ivy League Network
Scott Sudikoff, Craig White
Harvard leads, 29-5-3
L, 3-2 (Jan. 12, 2018)
Harvard | Colgate
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team is set to return to the ice this Friday and Saturday against No. 5/5 Cornell and No. 4/4 Colgate at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network, with Friday's game also available on ESPN3 and Saturday's tilt also airing on NESN. This weekend, the Crimson is partnering with ECAC Hockey and the Headway Foundation for Concussion Awareness Weekend and the New Tough campaign. Additionally, Harvard will observe National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday by offering free admission to youth (eighth grade and under) and hosting a postgame skate at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Last Time Out
Harvard's power-play once again stole the show as the women's hockey team snapped a seven-game skid with a 6-1 victory over the Brown Bears last Saturday at Meehan Auditorium. The Crimson posted a season best 60 percent conversion rate on the man advantage, connecting on three of five opportunities. Prior to this weekend's contests, Harvard had totaled 10 power-play tallies in 19 games. This weekend the Crimson put up five in just two games.
Kat Hughes put the Crimson ahead less than five minutes in and Harvard kept rolling from there. Harvard scored back-to-back power-play goals from Keely Moy and Kaitlin Tse to go up 3-0 midway through the second. Keely Moy would strike again with 12 seconds remaining in the second before Becca Gilmore would add a pair of tallies in the third, including the Crimson's third power-play goal of the afternoon with 25 seconds remaining on the game clock. The Bears would find their way past Dutton just once in the contest on a loose puck right in front of the goal.
Becky Dutton earned her first career win on 19 saves between the pipes this afternoon while Harvard outshot Brown 32-20.
Scoring Against The Big Red
While the Crimson did not come out victorious over the Big Red in early January, Harvard managed to knock in three goals against junior Marlene Boissonnault. Emma Buckles notched her first career goal while Becca Gilmore and Kat Hughes sniped scores as well. Gilmore added two assists in the contest, notching her sixth multi-point outing this season.
Scoring Against The Raiders
Earlier this season, Kat Hughes and Brooke Jovanovich found the back of the net in Hamilton, N.Y. Becca Gilmore posted her ninth and tenth helpers of the season, in addition to Bradley Fusco with her sixth. Harvard was defeated by just one goal on Jan. 12 and can look to Fusco, Kate Hallett, Haley Mullins and Kaitlin Tse, who have all lit the lamp against Colgate during their careers.
Senior Chelsea Ziadie is just eight games shy of reaching the 100-career game milestone. Should Ziadie appear in each of the remaining regular season games, the senior will hit 100 in Harvard's final regular season game at Clarkson on Feb. 17.
Bradley Fusco and Kaitlin Tse are both well on their way to 100, having appeared in 80 career games each. Both players have missed just two games in their first three years. Junior captain Kate Hallett is likely to hit the 100 mark during her tenure as well. Despite being sidelined through the second half of January due to injury, the forward has 73 games under her belt and came back at full force, adding an assist on Keely Moy's second goal at Brown.
Brain First Mentality
This weekend, Harvard Hockey, in partnership with ECAC Hockey and the Headway Foundation, is supporting Concussion Awareness Weekend and the Headway Foundation's New Tough campaign to promote early reporting of concussion symptoms by athletes and their teammates.
New Tough is a campaign that challenges athletes to handle concussions properly. As athletes, we understand the traditional toughness required for competition; be it coming back from a bad play, finishing a difficult workout or diving to block a shot, toughness is considered to be a mark of greatness. Because of this, the big hits are often glorified and playing through injury is applauded.
New Tough is the toughness to go against your instinct as an athlete and put your brain-health first, it is the strength to report concussion symptoms, and it is the patience to complete recovery before returning to the game you love.
New Tough is the courage to speak up for brain-injured teammates and offer support while they heal, and it is the integrity to play the game within the rules by avoiding illegal hits to the head or neck, no matter how high the stakes or emotions.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
On Saturday, Feb. 3, fans are invited to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.
This year marks the 32nd observance of the day and 2018's theme is "Play Fair, Play IX." NGWSD recognizes the ongoing effort towards equality and access for women in sports and the nation's commitment to expand sport and participation opportunities for all girls and future generations.
Play Fair, Play IX. In just 37 words, Title IX ensures that students receive educational opportunities free from discrimination based on sex. It's a short and simple law, but it has truly changed the game for girls and women in sports. Although Title IX has expanded opportunities for female athletes, many schools across the country still don't provide equal opportunities for girls to participate in sports.
Harvard's power-play unit stepped up this past weekend at Yale and Brown. Prior to the two contests, the Crimson had totaled 10 power-play goals in 19 games with a 15.2 percent conversion rate that ranked 23rd in the country.
After scoring five power-play goals in two days at Yale and Brown, Harvard now ranks tied for 12th in the country with 15 power-play goals and a 20 percent conversion rate.
In contrast, Harvard has held its opponents to just 124 shots on goal through 81 opportunities.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!
The Harvard women's hockey team will play for a chance at its 15th Beanpot title this coming Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College. Harvard's first round game will be against Boston University at 5 p.m. Northeastern will take on Boston College in the second round with puck drop set for 8 p.m. All games will be broadcast on ESPN3. Next weekend, Harvard will close out regular season action at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, hosting Union and Rensselaer on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 respectively.