|Harvard vs. Union
Feb. 9, 2018
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
ESPN3, Ivy League Network
Craig White, Ben Altsher
Harvard leads, 27-2-0
L, 3-1 (Jan. 6, 2018)
Harvard | Union
|Harvard vs. Rensselaer
Feb. 10, 2018
Bright-Landry Hockey Center
Ivy League Network
Tyler Murray, Eric Gallanty
Harvard leads, 15-7-2
W, 2-1 (Jan. 5, 2018)
Harvard | Rensselaer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's hockey team will return to the ice for the second and third time this week, rounding out home competition for the 2017-18 season this Friday and Saturday against Union and Rensselaer. Friday's matchup will be broadcast on ESPN3 and both weekend tilts will be available on the Ivy League Network. The Crimson will also honor the Class of 2018 following the game on Saturday afternoon.
Four Crimson players will take the ice in their final games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Seniors Nikki Friesen, Dani Krzyszczyk, Haley Mullins and Chelsea Ziadie will be honored for their contributions and dedication to the program following Saturday's game against Rensselaer.
More than half (34 of 59) of Harvard's goals this season have come on the Bright-Landry ice. The Crimson has also outshot opponents in seven of 12 home games during the 2017-18 campaign.
Harvard hockey alum Randi Griffin '10 will begin play this week with the Korean women's hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Korea opens the games on Saturday, Feb. 10 against Switzerland at 7:10 a.m. (ET).
Harvard is currently in a position to finish anywhere from 5th to 10th in the ECAC depending on results from the final four league games of the season. Prior to this weekend, the Crimson is tied for seventh with Yale, just one point behind Princeton and two points ahead of Rensselaer.
Harvard's power-play ranks 15th in the nation, while Union's ranks 14th and Rensselaer's ranks 30th.
Harvard's combined special teams (52.5) ranks ninth in the NCAA, going 16-84 (19.0) on the power-play and 77-93 (82.8) on the penalty kill.
Harvard will play Northeastern on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the colsolation final of the 40th annual women's Beanpot Tournament.
Scouting The Dutchwomen
While Harvard has a healthy series lead of 27-2-0, both of the Crimson's losses have come in the last two seasons, including a 3-1 defeat in early January that set off a seven game skid.
Since that contest, Union has picked up a win against travel partner Rensselaer and tied top-ranked Cornell. In Union's last contest, a 4-2 loss to Quinnipiac, leading scorer Katelynn Russ found the back of the net twice for the Dutchwomen.
Harvard and Union have similar effectiveness on the power-play, however Union's penalty kill will be an area for Harvard to capitalize. On the other hand, Union's opponents are averaging 37.1 shots a game so the Dutchwomen may be more acclimated to Harvard's 31.1 average.
Scouting The Engineers
Rensselaer has arguably more potential to rock the playoff boat, rolling east with six conference wins and just three points off Harvard and Yale, and four off Princeton. In the new year, Rensselaer has secured wins against Union and Princeton, and has come within one goal of Harvard, Clarkson and Cornell.
Just last weekend, the Engineers rallied to score three goals in the third period, with Shayna Tomlinson having a hand in all three, to earn a 4-2 win over Princeton. Rensselaer will also have an opportunity to build momentum on Friday night up at Dartmouth before heading down to Cambridge.
The Engineers typically put up low-scoring efforts, having not scored more than four goals in any contest, while Harvard has scored four goals or more in all five of its wins at the Bright-Landry Center.
While the Crimson may have been shaky taking on this duo in early January, the team will be able to take advantage of not having to travel. Harvard traditionally performs well at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, going 58-22-10 during the last five-plus seasons. Harvard is also much more likely to shoot the puck at home, outshooting opponents in seven of 12 home contests this season. Additionally, 34 of 59 (.576) goals have come on home ice. Harvard's larget win margin of the season (five goals) came at home against Holy Cross in mid-November.
The Final Countdown
Four Crimson skaters will see their last games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on Saturday. Following the contest, fans are invited to join the team in honoring Nikki Friesen, Dani Krzyszczyk, Haley Mullins and Chelsea Ziadie.
In 72 career games, Nikki Friesen has fired off 65 shots on goal and has collected seven points, including four this season. Earlier this season, Friesen scored against No. 2/3 Boston College. Friesen is set to graduate this spring with a degree in Economics and is a member of Quincy House.
Dani Krzyszczyk has donned the Crimson jersey in 65 career games, totaling 10 points on three goals and seven assists. After battling back from injury, Krzyszczyk netted her first goal of the season and the game-tying goal in Harvard's draw with Yale earlier this season. Krzyszczyk is set to matriculate with a degree in Psychology specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolution and is a member of Leverett House.
Haley Mullins was voted captain by her teammates and has started in 21 of 24 games this season. She's collected 14 points this season, on five goals and nine assists, including the game winning goal against Princeton. In 110 career games, she's tallied 20 goals and 28 assists, has rattled off 219 shots on net and has contributed 67 blocks in the Harvard zone. Mullins is on track to graduate with a degree in Psychology and is a resident of Quincy House
Chelsea Ziadie has skated for the Crimson in 95 career games and is on track to touch the ice in her 100th career contest in the 2017-18 regular season finale next week at Clarkson. The blueliner has blocked 96 shots on goal for Harvard and is tied for the team lead with two power-play goals this year. Additionally, Ziadie is the only Harvard skater that has not commited a single infraction during the 2017-18 season. Ziadie is also one of just eight ECAC players that have steered clear of the penalty box having played in at least 50 percent of their team's games.
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Following this weekend, the Crimson will round out the Beanpot on Tuesday before heading to North Country to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence in its final two regular season games.