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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard, Cornell and Dartmouth are all off to fast starts among the Ivy League women's ice hockey teams.
The trio is tied atop the Ivy standings, each with 3-0-0 records. Harvard is perfect overall at 4-0-0, while Cornell sits at 6-1-0 and Dartmouth at 4-1-0. Harvard and top-ranked Minnesota are the only remaining unbeatens nationally.
Harvard has outscored the opposition an impressive 18-1 thus far, giving them the No. 1 scoring defense and No. 3 scoring offense in the nation. Cornell has scored 24 goals in seven games. In fact, four of the top six goal scorers in the Ivy come from either Harvard or Cornell thus far this season. Those two teams clash for the first time this season on November 24.
In the Rankings: Cornell, riding a five-game winning streak, is ranked No. 2 in both the USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Harvard is ranked No. 6 in both polls. Dartmouth received one voting point in the USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Brown (1-3-0, 0-3-0) lost both of its outings last weekend by shutout. Brown lost to Harvard, 3-0, and Dartmouth, 1-0, at home last week. The Bears, who visit St. Lawrence on Friday night and third-ranked Clarkson on Saturday, lost to Cornell and defeated Colgate on the first weekend of the regular season. Brown's seven goals allowed is second-best in the Ivy (1.75 per game), but their four goals scored (1.00 per game) rank last and they are just 1-for-15 on the power play thus far this season. Goaltender Katie Jameson had her work cut out for her in the loss to Harvard as Brown was outshot, 38-5.
Cornell (6-1-0, 3-0-0) is ranked No. 2 in both polls this week. The Big Red's five-game winning streak is the second-longest in the nation currently. Last weekend, Cornell downed Princeton, 4-0, and Quinnipiac, 4-3, at home. Cornell has scored three or more goals in five of its seven games thus far this season and has outshot the opposition nearly 2-to-1 this season (237-137). Jillian Saulnier, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season, is tied for the Ivy lead in points with 10 (4g, 6a). Brianne Jenner (2g, 5a), Emily Fulton (4g, 3a) and Alyssa Gagliardi (2g, 5a) each have seven points. The Big Red have off this weekend and return to action Nov. 16 and 17 with a home-and-home set against Colgate.
Dartmouth (4-1-0, 3-0-0) has won three in row - all of which were one-goal games. The Big Green are coming off a 3-2 win at home against in-state rival New Hampshire on Tuesday night. Lindsey Allen's goal with just 18 seconds left in the second period wound up the game winner. Camille Dumais (3g, 3a) and Laura Stacey (1g, 5a) are tied for the team lead in points with six. Lindsay Holdcroft has been in net for three of Dartmouth's four wins and has a 2.28 GAA. She had 23 saves in the win over New Hampshire, including 10 in the third period while protecting that one-goal lead. The Big Green are second in the League on the power play, converting 5-of-20 thus far this year. Allen has accounted for two of those five goals.
Harvard (4-0-0, 3-0-0) has started the season with four straight road wins, making their 18-1 cumulative scoring tally even more impressive. Last weekend, the Crimson shutout Brown, 3-0, and Yale, 4-0. With numbers like that, it is understandable that Harvard goaltenders rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the nation in goals against average. Laura Bellamy is first at 0.00, while Emerance Maschmeyer is second at 0.50. Bellamy is first in save percentage, stopping all 35 shots she has faced, while Maschmeyer is third at .966, stopping 28-of-29 shots this season. Jillian Dempsey (6g, 4a) is fourth in the nation in points per game at 2.50 and earned ECAC Player of the Week two weeks ago (Oct. 30). Harvard is also tops in the Ivy in penalty killing (10-for-10) and on the power play (4-for-15, 26.7 percent). Harvard has off this weekend and visits third-ranked Boston University on November 18. The Crimson's first home game is slated for Nov. 23 against Colgate.
Princeton (2-3-1, 0-3-0) began the year with a pair of wins, but has gone winless in its last four since then. The Tigers defeated RIT and Robert Morris to open the year, then dropped three straight Ivy contests before a 3-3 tie with Colgate last Sunday. Sally Butler's power play goal midway through the third period forged the tie. Butler (4g, 2a) and Corey Stearns (1g, 5a) are tied for the team-lead in points with six. Freshman Kimberly Newell has been tested in the first six games, recording 191 saves. She had 22 saves in the tie with Colgate, including four in overtime. Princeton visits Rensselaer and Union this weekend.
Yale (1-5-0, 0-3-0) has dropped three straight since a 3-0 win over Colgate. The Bulldogs lost to Harvard, 4-0, in their last outing, despite 44 saves by sophomore Jaimie Leonoff (18 in the first period). She had 39 saves the night before in a 5-4 overtime loss to Dartmouth. In six games this year, Leonoff has recorded a League-high 223 saves on 240 shots. Janelle Ferrara (3g, 2a), Jamie Haddad (2g, 3a) and Kate Martini (2g, 3a) -- all freshmen -- each have five points to lead Yale in the scoring department. Yale hits the road to take on No. 3 Clarkson on Friday night.