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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth continue to roll along at the top of the Ivy League women's ice hockey standings as the calendar prepares to turn to December.
Harvard finds itself atop the league standings at 4-0-0, including a big win over Cornell last weekend at home. Cornell, ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time, had an eight-game winning streak snapped with that loss to the Crimson. Meanwhile, despite not appearing the Top 10 this week, Dartmouth is showing its strength, as well, as the Big Green tied fifth-ranked Boston College and went to overtime before losing to Cornell. Dartmouth plays at Harvard this weekend.
In the Rankings: Cornell dropped one spot to No. 3 in the USCHO.com poll this week after seeing its eight-game winning streak halted. Harvard moved one spot up to No. 6 after beating Cornell. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 10, Cornell is No. 3, Harvard moved up two spots to No. 5 this week.
Brown (1-7-1, 0-3-0) the Bears snapped a six-game losing skid when they forged a 2-2 tie against Providence last Friday. Brown's Alena Polenska scored with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. Goaltender Aubree Moore stopped 37 shots in the effort. She is ninth in the nation in goals against average at 1.60 and seventh in save percentage at .942 this season. Despite their record, Brown ranks 10th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 2.11 goals per game. They also rank ninth in penalty killing nationally and second in the Ivy, killing off the advantage 85.3 percent of the time (29-of-34). Brown heads to the University of Montreal for its next game Friday night.
Cornell (9-2-0, 4-1-0) is ranked No. 3 after the 3-1 loss at Harvard. The Big Red are 6-0 at home thus far this season. Brianne Jenner is Cornell's leading scorer. The junior is seventh in the nation in points per game (1.89). She has an Ivy-best 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. She is tied for the Ivy lead in points with teammate Jillian Saulnier (5g, 12a). Freshman Taylor Woods has led the power play for Cornell, scoring a League-high four goals with the advantage. Woods also leads all freshman in the Ancient Eight with 10 points (7g, 3a). Cornell is fourth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 4.09 goals per game, and eighth in scoring defense (1.73). The Big Red has a big game on Friday when it travels to second-ranked Clarkson.
Dartmouth (4-2-2, 3-1-0) has stumbled a bit in a tougher part of the schedule, playing well but going winless in its last three after starting the year 4-1-0. That tough stretch of schedule continues on Friday night when the Big Green visit Harvard. Each of the last six games for Dartmouth have been decided by one goal or less. Reagan Fischer leads the team in points with nine, including a team-best five goals. She scored a power play goal in the last outing, a 2-2 tie with Colgate. Fischer had a big part in the 3-3 tie against fifth-ranked Boston College, as well, scoring twice in the third period to rally her squad back from a 3-1 deficit. Freshman Laura Stacey leads the team in assists with six to go along with two goals.
Harvard (7-1-0, 4-0-0) sits atop the Ivy after its win over Cornell last Saturday. The Crimson won their third straight on Tuesday night, beating cross-city rival and ninth-ranked Northeastern, 3-1, at Matthews Arena. Jillian Dempsey had a goal and an assist in the win. She is tied for the Ivy lead in scoring with 17 points (8g, 9a) and is fourth nationally in points per game at 2.12. Emerance Maschmeyer had 15 saves in net for the Crimson to put her goals against average at 0.75. She is a fraction ahead of teammate Laura Bellamy for the national lead in goals against average, who also sits at 0.75. (Maschmeyer has played 41 seconds more thus far this season with same three goals allowed total.) Needless to say, with that 1-2 standing in goal, the Crimson feature the No. 2 defense in the country at 0.75 goals per game. Harvard hosts Dartmouth on Friday night in a big Ivy clash before an exhibition with the Russian national team on Saturday.
Princeton (4-6-2, 0-3-0) is coming off of a nice weekend split at home against Ohio State. The Tigers knocked off then eighth-ranked Ohio State, 2-1, on Saturday to snap a four-game winless streak. Princeton scored twice in the third period to rally for the win. Alex Kinney scored early in the period and Brianna Leahy tallying the gamewinner with 3:14 left in regulation. Kimberly Newell had 33 saves in the win. The Tigers lead the League on the power play at 26.1 percent (12-of-46), which is also sixth in the nation. Corey Stearns leads the Ivy in assists with 13. Her 14 points rank fourth in the League. Kelly Cooke leads the team in goals with six. The Tigers host Union on Friday night as part of their current seven-game homestand.
Yale (2-10-0, 0-3-0) broke a recent losing skid with a 4-3 overtime win against Connecticut in the semifinals of the Nutmeg Classic. Freshman Kate Martini scored the gamewinner at 2:15 of overtime to give the Bulldogs their second win of the season. Fifth-ranked Boston College downed Yale in the title game, however, 5-0. Netminder Jaimie Leonoff made a season-high 50 saves in the loss to Boston College, the 10th time in 12 games that she recorded 30 or more saves this season. Janelle Ferrara, another freshman, leads the team in goals with four. After playing their last four games at home, the Bulldogs hit the road to face Union and Rensselear this weekend.